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Signed, Then Rejected

$15 Mil Deal

7/20/2010 4:06 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned ... Oksana Grigorieva signed an agreement with Mel Gibson for a $15 million package, which would have kept the Mel tapes secret, but she ultimately walked away from it.

Sources tell TMZ, during the child custody mediation in May, lawyers for Mel and Oksana worked out a financial deal for Oksana -- she would get a total of $15 mil, which included child support, a house and other assets. 

But sources intimately familiar with the mediation tell us Oksana promised something in return -- that all "evidence" associated with the case remain confidential.

We've learned the "evidence" includes the tapes. Oksana's lawyers had played some, but not all of the tapes for Mel's lawyers.  We're told Oksana's lawyers did not play the tape in which Gibson used the N word and made a reference to "wetbacks."

As one source put it, "The tapes loomed large in the mediation.  The word 'tapes' was never used in the agreement, but it was central to the deal."

Oksana and Mel both signed a "short form agreement" -- a bare-bones contract outlining the broad strokes of the deal. The lawyers then drafted a long form agreement which contained specifics of the deal, but we're told Oksana refused to sign the long form, claiming she felt coerced. 

We're told Mel never paid Oksana under the deal because the short form didn't spell out the specifics of payment and Oksana refused to sign the longer agreement which contained the details.


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The dark one    

Now, let me get this straight, Mel leaves his wife of 20+ years to get with a woman who has never worked and has a child by another actor?? Why are men so dumb!!! I love Mels work, but I think that this woman was after his money all along. To be offer 15 million and say that isn't enough, is stupid. What did she think her booty was worth???? How many times does this has to play out in the media??? Rich movie star married for umpteem years, meets young woman gets her knocked up or get s caught, leaves wife for airhead and wonder why his life is so screwed up?? Tell you what the next movie star that wishes to cheat on his spouse give me a call!!! I promise I won't tell nor will I hace a baby. Just stay with your wife and pay my bills. Believe me I don't need 15 million to be okay.

1520 days ago


She figured she could get more with her edited audio tapes. I'd love to hear what she was really saying to him on the phone that made him freak out. If it wasn't edited she would have just handed the entire phone-call recording over instead of bits and pieces of it. She is just trying to keep the media-frensy going as long as possible.

1504 days ago


I'll bet Timothy Dalton is counting his blessings and thankful Mel took her off his hands. Wonder what hes paying for HIS kid with her

1498 days ago


As time goes on and more comes out of her mouth, I can't stand this women. Yes, Mel has anger issues and should pay for his mistakes, but this woman should show some class and keep her mouth shut.

Mel should go to therapy, get his anger issues under control and move on. If Oksana wants to do the best for her daughter, she should settle as quickly as possible, keep her mouth closed and move on.

1410 days ago
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