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Mel Gibson --

Domestic Violence

Not on His Mind

9/28/2010 11:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Mel Gibson and his legal team were not trying to suppress evidence of domestic violence when they agreed to pay Oksana Grigorieva and Lucia approximately $15 million in return for the destruction of "evidence" -- they were trying to prevent the destruction of Gibson's image  ... sources connected with the mediation tell TMZ.

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Oksana's current legal team claims the mediation agreement is not binding because lawyers cannot agree to destroy evidence of a crime.

But here's the rub: Sources tell us the photograph of Oksana -- showing what appears to be either teeth or veneers missing -- was not part of the deal.

Sources tell us Mel and his lawyers never thought domestic violence was even an issue.  As we first reported ... Mel's team claims Oksana and her lawyer made it clear -- the $15 million was a payout to keep the racial and other disgusting remarks Mel made on the tapes secret forever.

We've learned Oksana's lawyer said in the mediation that photographs of Oksana's mouth existed, but when it came time to define "evidence" that would be destroyed, the photos were not included. So the argument goes ... if Mel was trying to destroy evidence of domestic violence, why didn't he demand Oksana hand over the photos?

 

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fuddyduddy    

Well, Horowitz...this plan isn't going to work it doesn't sound like, so what now?

1435 days ago
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Cartman    

Ox needs better lawyers as this latest bunch isn't helping her avoid defamation and extortion charges.

1435 days ago
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Stacy    

There never was any domestic violence, otherwise it would have been brought up at the mediation. Oksana must have come up with the idea to fabricate those photos after the meeting...after she pried her veneers off herself.

TEAM MEL !!

1435 days ago
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garnet    

because there was no domestic violence???????

1435 days ago
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garnet    

and claims of dv were made later on with doctored photos, doctored recordings as evidence????
with dubious and phantom people as witnesses???

1435 days ago
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HarryPalms    

This case is also not on my mind... I'm honestly more into the Lindsay Lohan petty drama and expecting her to OD

1435 days ago
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arte help    

Just saw the most racist movie ever. Called Machete, imagine if the bad guys were black?? Hmmm....

1435 days ago
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Stacy    

That's a cute photo of Mel.
I mentioned this story to my younger brother who I don't talk to that often and he hasn't been paying much attention to the media coverage of it. All he said was "Why did Mel Gibson date HER ? She's GROSS ! "

1435 days ago
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ohreally    

It is OBVIOUS even to the ordinary guy on the street that the photos OX claims show abuse are FALSE.
Which is why, increasingly, people are becoming very angry over this whole situation.
Americans have a sense of fair play, and this whole travesty cries out to heaven for vengeance.

1435 days ago
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garnet    

unless ... there was a photo of Oksana who as a supermodel posed for an ad for teeth veneers. So she had "before and after" photos.
Now she's using the before photo as evidence.
A friendly dentist fits in there somewhere.

1435 days ago
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jechrist    

another sleepness night...and our saga contunues. team mel=team truth.

1435 days ago
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Sorntolc    

Mel's laywers knew there was a photo of her mouthpiece, but it wasn't included in the deal? Why not? Seems it was simply forgot in the text, a minor error. Mel knew it existed & should have reacted, anyway apart from the specified evidence, it was mentioned that all evidence should be destroyed, so it seems to be splitting hairs to make a further debate out of this.

1435 days ago
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Sorntolc    

The damaged teeth were also mentioned in the phonecalls, so the picture is just supplying the other mentioned evidence.

1435 days ago
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Ray    

sorntolc

"Sources tell us Mel and his lawyers never thought domestic violence was even an issue"
They were not aware of ny domestic violence. It did not imply that they knew utu shrugged it off as a non-issue.

1435 days ago
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Maya    

This supports Mr. Gibson's version of what happened. Grigorieva was lying from the beginning. He said in the e-mail, 'how's your tooth'. That's why he never said, 'I'm sorry I hit you.' If this veneer damage did happen on January 6, it was because of something she did. This was not domestic violence.

1435 days ago
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