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Mel Gets $163K Legal Bill From Oksana for ONE Month

1/18/2011 3:05 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Mel Gibson just got a legal bill from one of Oksana Grigorieva's lawyers, and probably thinks the name of the firm is Bend, Over and Pay.

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Sources connected with the case tell TMZ ... Alan Shifman (aka lawyer #41) claims he racked up a $163,000 fee for work performed between October 15 and November 15, 2010.  He left the case after feuding with lawyer #39.

We're told Shifman is asking Mel to pay $600 an hour -- that means he worked about 272 hours during the month ... which translates to 9 hours a day, 7 days a week.

As we previously reported, Oksana's attorneys have asked Mel to pay more than $1 million in legal fees.

For Mel, it's even harder to swallow than a Ricky Gervais monologue.

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16.

Ty    

not sure if I am more shocked at how much they earn (60...0 an hour..wtf) or at the nerve Oksana has to just expect him to pay. How is this case even going anywhere, shes exploiting him and thats it. If he hit her, give her some compensation (but not 1 million dollar for f*cks sake, everyone would get punched for 1 mil.) or send Mel for one year to anger management or something (and see how she reacts since she is "not after his money" ) not this BS that goes on and on and on...

1339 days ago
17.

azlee    

exactly what was this lawyers job in this? I have gotten confused which expert was for what. Only in the child custoday case can they do this I would think. She has had PR people, industry people, etc.

1339 days ago
18.

Jack    

Lawyer is a crook. This is from his website:

"DON'T LET UNSCRUPULOUS LAWYERS TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOU IN A VULNERABLE SITUATION. YOUR EMOTIONAL AND FINANCIAL INTERESTS ARE MY PRIORITY. REASONABLE HOURLY RATES."

http://lawshifman.com/

Reasonable hourly rates? $60...0 per hour. 163k for one month. What a joke. No wonder this country is going down the toilet.

1339 days ago
19.

moussemaker    

The wealthier party pays the legal fees of the other party. Why is this so hard to understand?

1339 days ago
20.

3G's    


Well, Im guessing if your worth $850-$950 million. Est.
That's just a drop in the bucket.......

1339 days ago
21.

MarkS    

I have no sympathy for either of them. Or their overcharging lawyers. Put them all in a sealed room and let them go at it.

1339 days ago
22.

Violette-Blue    

I find it ridiculous that Mel should have to pay Oinksana's legal bills. She has hired herself about 100 lawyers and yet she doesn't pay them? I hope Mel's team of lawyers goes to the judge and asks him/her to have Oinky pay her own lawyers. That would teach her to be a money hungry whore-faming ho.

1339 days ago
23.

Snow White    

Not in all cases, and then only with the approval of the judge. At some point the judge will stop this nonsense of the ever revolving legal team and tell oxy that she has to pay her own bills.

1339 days ago
24.

northern gypsy    


i'm not a fan of M.G. but this drama is out of control...
please...it's only money...the story i want to hear
her legal status isn't in order...and wins a one way ticket back home !!!

1339 days ago
25.

moussemaker    

LAME TMZ! Exact same post was already made last month:


http://www.tmz.com/2010/12/20/oksanas-lawyer-41-to-mel-gibson-pay-my-bill/

1339 days ago
26.

Gia    

I understand that the wealthier party is responsible for legal fees, but to what degree/extent? She is clearly taking advantage!

Also, is he actually responsible for her lawyers in BOTH cases? It seems ridiculous that he should have to pay for her lawyers in the extortion case!!

1339 days ago
27.

TMZgossip    

poor harvey
lost his sources

1339 days ago
28.

geowhiz    

Man is she ever stretching it.. (Her face I mean)

1339 days ago
29.

Curious    

Old news. TMZ already posted an article about Attorney Shifman's ridiculous bill. It was only a matter of time before the invoice was submitted for payment.

The REAL news will be what Judge Gordon orders Mr. Mel to pay.

Could Mr. Mel's lawyers make a case of the fact that much of the hours charged is simply the lawyer getting up to speed, which would not happen if Miss Oksana didn't keep firing and hiring?

1339 days ago
30.

Midwesterner    

Well, Im guessing if your worth $850-$950 million. Est.
That's just a drop in the bucket.......

Posted at 10:24 AM on Jan 18, 2011 by 3G's

Very bad estimate. Not only too high, but you forget that whatever the "wealth" was, it was equally shared by Gibson's wife, who is in the process of divorcing him, taking half the assets, costs for the divorce itself, and spousal support.

Gibson has never been worth your estimate and is rapidly heading toward bankruptcy. In the end, Ox will get less than she expects. Far less.

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