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Oksana Will Sue Mel

3/12/2011 11:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Oksana Grigorieva will file a civil lawsuit against Mel Gibson ... this according to Oksana's lawyer.

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TMZ reported on September 16, 2010 -- just after Oksana hired Daniel Horowitz -- Oksana would file a lawsuit alleging battery, emotional distress and defamation.

We spoke with Daniel Horowitz and asked if Mel's no contest plea in any way changes her plan to sue. Horowitz said, "Our position hasn't changed."

Mel's plea bargain won't help Oksana in a civil lawsuit, because Mel did not admit to guilt.

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Midwesterner    

Hiya Mid!

Why would the DA be involved in a Civil Suit??

Posted at 1:30 AM on Mar 12, 2011 by LA me

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Not officially, of course, but he protected his lawyer friends by not charging Ox. He and his buddies with apply Godfather-like pressure to see that what they labored to keep secret does not get exposed.

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Skydancer    


It will be settled out of court. No way the DA and the League of Los Angeles Lawyers (uh, Negotiators) are going to let their butts be exposed by a suit like this.

Posted at 1:26 AM on Mar 12, 2011 by Midwesterner
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Middie, I hope Mel doesn't cave in and doesn't agree to give the greedy bitch any more money.

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33.

LA me    

IMO this is where Mel could crush her! This is a civil suit. Oinky is responsible for ALL of her own attorny's fees.

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34.

Phil    

Mel really got bitch slapped today in court just like he slapped Oksana. All you Mel supporters really lost BIG as Mel stood there in court with his sagging jowl face and had to suck it up... hahahaha!! And Mel's career is now sunk in Hollywood. I hope Oksana takes away the rest of his millions.

1320 days ago
35.

Skydancer    

I am so pissed off now. Oksana is a disgrace to all women.

1320 days ago
36.

Midwesterner    

It will be settled out of court. No way the DA and the League of Los Angeles Lawyers (uh, Negotiators) are going to let their butts be exposed by a suit like this.

Posted at 1:26 AM on Mar 12, 2011 by Midwesterner
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Middie, I hope Mel doesn't cave in and doesn't agree to give the greedy bitch any more money.

Posted at 1:33 AM on Mar 12, 2011 by Skydancer

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Do you see any other way out for him? He had to. That's what I have been saying all week. Once the DA got by without charging her with anything . . . without charging her with anything at all, it opened the door for her suit.

If Mel didn't want to spend a year fighting a criminal charge, why would he want to spend two years fighting a civil action? It will be far cheaper to pay her off, and it will be the only way he can get his life back.

1320 days ago
37.

yo    

Did Mel publicly defame Oksana? YES. Gibson made many public statements about Oksana that were defamatory, while he advanced his public defense.

As one example:

Tuesday, Nov 16, 2010 11:01 ET

Mel Gibson slapped his girlfriend. Is it abuse?
The actor admits hitting Oksana Grigorieva with an open hand -- and makes a baffling excuse

http://www.salon.com/life/feature/2010/11/16/mel_gibson_admits_slapping

Mel Gibson would have it known he did not hit his girlfriend. He did not punch her while she was holding their baby daughter Lucia. He slapped her, OK? In court papers obtained Monday by TMZ, the 54-year-old actor, and occasionally erratic driver, details a heated January argument with his estranged girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva -- and unsurprisingly, it differs significantly from Grigorieva's version of events. But the guy Jodie Foster describes as "truly the most loved man in the film business" does cop to slapping Grigorieva "one time with an open hand in an attempt to bring her back to reality" during a fight while their 2-month-old daughter was in her arms. Grigorieva has alleged that Gibson broke her teeth, after photos of her with a chipped set of front choppers emerged. In his statement, Gibson claims "There was never any blood on Oksana and none of her teeth were 'broken,' although one of the false veneers from a tooth apparently did come off."

There are plenty of conflicting versions of events in Gibson's nightmarish breakup saga. There are the he said/she said reports of violence. In his statement, Gibson claims that it was precisely because Grigorieva was holding their child that he slapped her, alleging that she was "so rough and erratic with her movements I feared for Lucia's safety." There are, of course, the spectacularly racist, sexist, physically threatening telephone conversations, purportedly with Gibson. At one point Grigorieva says, "You were hitting a woman with a child in her hands. … Breaking her teeth, twice, in the face, what kind of man is that?" and gets the reply, "You ****ing deserved it." There are the differing accounts of how Grigorieva got the cuts and bruises she was publicly sporting on her face after their blowout. Gibson claims they were the result of her "impulse control disorder characterized by the repeated urge to pull out one's own hair." He says that "during our relationship Oksana often had scratches and bald spots on the side of her head as a result of this disorder."

Grigorieva, whose penchant for going through lawyers like they're pretzels and lack of concern over whether doing tonight's "Larry King" might hurt her custody case, certainly doesn't come without her own set of questionable, self-preserving tactics. But here's what we do know for sure about Gibson: that the actor, who has a proven record of "belligerent conduct," admits he slapped his girlfriend hard enough to whack out her veneers. Just take that in for a moment. Suppose she was "hysterical." Suppose he was genuinely afraid for his baby. Suppose, as he says, he "did not hit her with a closed fist ... did not punch her in the face or in the temple." Was his action then justified, perhaps even necessary? Is there ever a moment where it's OK to hit your girlfriend? Sorry, I meant slap, because if your palm is open it's not assault, right? Oh wait, actually it is.

Nowhere in his statement does Gibson say that Grigorieva struck, or even attempted to strike, either him or their baby. He made that choice, and then, aw, shucks, said, "I do not believe I handled the situation as well as I should have." Whatever we choose to believe about any other elements of this tale, the fact now stands that the guy admits he smacked his girlfriend when she was not being physically theatening to him. And it's all too easy, when talking about abuse, to go down the road of justifying violence based on the likability or lack thereof of the victim, or to quibble over whether the abuser's fingers were curled or not. But you don't have to close your hand to be an abuser. And just because Mel Gibson doesn’t seem to know that doesn't mean the rest of us are similarly gullible.

* Mary Elizabeth Williams is a staff writer for Salon and the author of "Gimme Shelter: My Three Years Searching for the American Dream." Follow her on Twitter: http://twitter.com/embeedub More: Mary Elizabeth Williams

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38.

sem    

MIDWESTERNER-

ARE YOU STUPID OR JUST IGNORANT??? DO YOU HAVE ANY CLUE WHAT THE MEANING OF "DEFAMATION" IS, MORON?!

1320 days ago
39.

sem    

Go Oksana! Sue the pants off that disgusting, homophobic, woman-beating, jew-hating PRICK!!!

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40.

Karls    

I was coming on to say bye to you all *sniff*
I assumed it was all over and just wanted to tell you
that it has been fun in a sad kinda way... You guys are brilliant and I looked forward to coming on everyday and checking out the posts...

Now I dont have to say bye as this dipsh*t is continuing her saga.. By the time this is all over we will all be friends lol

1320 days ago
41.

Midwesterner    

@ Yo

Declarations in a child custody suit were supposed to be confidential. You have shown NO evidence of Mel defaming Ox. He never spoke about her publicly in any unflattering way, and he never spoke about her publicly after their litigation began.

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42.

who-me    

oksana has a huge vulva

1320 days ago
43.

yo    

Mel publicly accused Oksana of extortion.

That itself can be considered defamation.

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44.

Midwesterner    

MIDWESTERNER-

ARE YOU STUPID OR JUST IGNORANT??? DO YOU HAVE ANY CLUE WHAT THE MEANING OF "DEFAMATION" IS, MORON?!

Posted at 1:39 AM on Mar 12, 2011 by sem

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Yes, I know what defamation is. Apparently you do not. Gibson has never made an unflattering public statement about Ox, and he hasn't made a public statement about her at all for nearly a year.

1320 days ago
45.

LA me    

If Mel didn't want to spend a year fighting a criminal charge, why would he want to spend two years fighting a civil action? It will be far cheaper to pay her off, and it will be the only way he can get his life back.

Posted at 1:37 AM on Mar 12, 2011 by Midwesterner
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Mel was fighting against a CRIMINAL charge. This is completely different. And NO....Even if he pays her off..he will NEVER be rid of her. She will think that the "Bank of Mel" is a 24/7 ATM machine that she doesn't need a PIN number to withdraw from. She will NEVER go away.

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