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Oksana vs. Mel -- The Cigarette Incident

7/21/2010 11:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned Oksana Grigorieva claims Mel Gibson grabbed her son and threw him onto a table in a fit of rage, all over a cigarette.  But this may be the only incident where there are other witnesses who can either support Oksana's claim of abuse or prove she's lying.


It happened at a party last year in Costa Rica. Sources connected to the case say Oksana's 12-year-old son, Alexander was playfully jumping up and down, trying to knock a cigarette out of Mel's mouth.  Oksana claims Mel exploded by grabbing the boy and throwing him violently onto a table.

The issue came up during the mediation in May, when Mel and Oksana were trying to work out a custody arrangement and a financial package.

Sources say Oksana's people informed Mel's lawyers of the incident. Mel's lawyers investigated and came right back, claiming there were "numerous adults and children" who saw the incident and saw it very differently. 

Mel's people claim the witnesses will say it was all just clowning around and Mel did not get physical with Alexander but rather the boy just accidentally fell as he was jumping for Mel's cigarette.

The reason this incident is so significant in the criminal investigation -- it's not just a "he said, she said."  That translates into credibility, which is at the core of the case.



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The fact she stayed with him after this-if he truly hurt the kid-shows that she is a piece of sh*t. I'm starting to lean towards Team Mel at this point. I'm starting to not believe much of anything she says.

1532 days ago


Oksana’s mum has never denied her daughter lives with Dalton in a civil marriage with a contract. This contract states Dalton does only provide Oksana with current spendings, but should they part, she would unlikely receive anything. The child is much luckier: he is the successor of Dalton’s savings. However, American and British press claim there is no warning to teir family life. Dalton still works in TV series and sometimes in theatre. Oksana looks after the 6 years old son.

Reporters, regardless, wait for sensations from this family. It is known that two years ago Oksana’s sister came to England too. Media answers its own “why?”: “To find another James Bond for herself”

Oksana will make sure she gets some for herself now, she is jealous of Mel's wife and his "army". Her mother sounds jealous of her grandson, bet Oksana is jealous of her own kids getting money and not her cut. what a gold-digging manipulator. Oksana Chernuha, her mother and sister are three of a kind.

1532 days ago

Secret Agent    

She's a Russian spy no doubt just like Anna Chapman. They want to ruin Mel Gibson because of his Fame so that America will suffer. All the tapes sound fake to me. It is obvious she's another spy sent to destroy America and Mel Gibson.

1532 days ago

just saying    

Until last night, I had only read transcripts of the taped conversations. Last night I heard them; don't get me wrong; I loathe Mel Gibson, but 2 words popped into my head; Sam Lufti! I'm not suggesting he has anything to do with Mel Gibson, but I believe he was drugging Britney Spears and I'm not altogether sure Mel wasn't being dosed as well. I hear a definite smirk in Oksana's voice on the recordings, whereas he is unglued....I'm not sure anymore....

1532 days ago


A CBS poll has 62% saying Mel Gibson may have problems but he's not and hasn't done what Oink$ana is saying.

1532 days ago


If Mel threw Sasha onto a table in a rage wouldn't that leave some serious bruises on the boy? Wouldn't those bruises be easy to photograph?

At the very least one would take the child to a doctor if he was thrown violently onto a hard object. No medical records of this incident? No photographs of bruises?

1532 days ago


oink$ana should have staged some pictures of her son like she did her teeth.

1532 days ago

Georgia Wife    

If someone laid a hand on my child like that I'd be leaving him in an instant! Oksana, you're a terrible mother if you allowed a man to push your son around not to mention hit your infant daughter!

1532 days ago


Wait a min, she stayed with Mel a whole yr after he abused her 12 yr old son and only now saying something about it????????? Child Protective Services needs to be investigating her for child endangerment if this latest allegation is true.....

1532 days ago


Question: At exactly what point does a mother decide her children need protection?

Answer: when the financial settlement isn't big enough.

Dalton get your kid - his mother is a passive aggressive, lying psychopath.

1532 days ago


She is getting nitpicky. Judges - if you get this case, please take the baby away from them both - place it in foster care - make them both pay an equal amt to the court to be paid eventually to the foster parents and bring this mess to an end.
Neither one of them owe the other a dime - the child has a new family and this mess ends because they, especially, the bimbo will continue to try to use the baby to get free services and money - make it stop permanently. They both get on with their lives and never communicate again and we don't have to hear any more of this nonsense.

1532 days ago

Winston Court    

With millions at stake, one party has much more reason to manipulate "the truth" than the other. Mel has nothing to gain monetarily, Oksana has everything to gain; most significant, at this point, might even be staying out of prison for lying. Yes, credibility is the main focus, and at this point Oksans' credibility is just off the floor with a 0.001% rating!

This just get BIGGER and better!

1532 days ago

Ashton C    

OMG I see Mel Gibson's Clean up crew is all here in full force this morning trying to clean up his image!! LOL good job guys but your act is very transparent!

BlindGossip – Money can’t buy you love, but it sure can buy you a public relations blitz. This American-born actor doesn’t have the best reputation in the world. However, despite his claims to a lessening fortune, he’s still got plenty of dough to buy temporary mates to bolster his image. On most websites, public opinion has resoundingly turned against this actor. However, on some of the most popular news and gossip sites, there are a puzzling bounty of posts lauding him as a great man and the victim of a conspiracy. Turns out that it is no coincidence. There is actually a team of people who have been hired specifically to adopt multiple personalities on each of about a dozen of the most popular news and gossip sites. Their job is to try to make their client look better by posting positive and supportive messages about him… and negative messages about others. If you look a little closer at those posters, you’ll see that they are new and exist solely to support this m* f* son of a w* c* b*.

Next time try spreading your Okasna-hate messages a bit so you dont all look like plants.

1532 days ago


cps should be investigating oink$sana period. imo, she's lying her azz off. lying about abuse...hmmm. doesn't scream mother earth incarnate, does it?

1532 days ago

Paula Schultze    

What I don't understand is that if Mel actually hit the baby and caused a bruise, why did she not take the baby to the hospital? Why did she stick around if her son was being abused? Why didn't she go to the police? Why would she go to all this trouble taking photos and making phone recordings in advance if there was no ulterior motive? It doesn't make any sense. On the recordings Mel is abusive. But it's still not clear what this woman's motives are.Why didn't she just bail, accept the settlement offer, and take care of her children? Why all the drama? Just don't get it.

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