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Oksana Grigorieva to Mel Gibson:

I'm Calling the Shots

On Lucia's Schooling

8/16/2011 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Mel Gibson may be rich and famous, but he's dealing with the same issues millions of fathers struggle with after separating from their partners -- how can he keep a relationship with his child, when his baby mama tries to keep him away?

Mel and Oksana Grigorieva are deep in the throes of mediation, and one of the big issues is where baby Lucia goes to school.  Oksana wants to put Lucia in a private school by her home in the San Fernando Valley.  Mel does not want to drive from Malibu to the Valley -- a long drive when there's no traffic -- when he picks Lucia up and drops her off.  He wants a school half way between their homes.

Sources tell TMZ ... Mel and Oksana are miles apart in settling the custody case.  Mel wants 50/50 custody, and he believes that would solve most of their issues, but Oksana is vehemently opposed to an equal split.

And, sources say, even Oksana's lawyers want her to settle with Mel, in no small part because they want to get paid, but she's refusing to budge.  We're told Oksana is still so bitter, she'd rather drag Mel through the mud than settle and just walk away.

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Natasja    

Strip her of her custody.

1129 days ago
32.

Rogue Warrior    

Hey Mel, PLEASE buy her a vacation to Aruba!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1129 days ago
33.

annac    

can't stand mel he has shown his real colours and its not a good one, but as far as school for that little girl it should be what school would be best for her education not where it is. anna

1129 days ago
34.

linusik    

... meanwhile it will be her daughter who will get the short end of the stick. selfish wh*re.

1129 days ago
35.

Catnip    

Every new thread just helps to drive home the fact that Ox cares only for herself. She has zero interest in co-parenting, despite all her squawking stating otherwise. She much prefers to continue trying to destroy the father of her child, putting that agenda far above the welfare of Lucia.

1129 days ago
36.

penny    

TMZ, Can you replay the Mel tapes. I can't remember why Oksana is sooo angry and wants to keep the kids away from Mel. You know, the tapes about killing, murder, hate, brutality and there was some kind of growling animal noises.

1129 days ago
37.

some guy    

I think Oxana needs to get laid. Seems way too uptight.

1129 days ago
38.

Banderman    

Women are raving mad hypocrites. The judicial system a sham; never providing men equal protection under the law. Women yammer endlessly about court ordered child support and snub their noses at court ordered visitation. Men better wake up; the game just went up a notch. This baloney has been going on for over 60 freaking years. Enough already.

1129 days ago
39.

b    

"throws of mediation"? Should be "throes".

1129 days ago
40.

Fefe    

I cannot be the only reader here who has never had any interest what-so-ever in Mel and whatshernames story....? BOOOOOORRRRRRRRRRIIIIIIIINNNNGGG.

1129 days ago
41.

ex lax    

please just deport this person back to the rock she crawled out from

1129 days ago
42.

Jay Dee    

and my **** took longer to come outta my butt today... no one CARES about this.. or THIS

1129 days ago
43.

makeitstop    

Any regrets Mel??

1129 days ago
44.

TMZ_Watcher    

When I see "woman" like Ox$$ca***** makes me feel good I never had to go through BS like this-although Mel does deserve it. OXCash is ooooogly in so many ways. I like how Mel tried to help her get a singing career together-what a joke. This proves once again that being rich does not bring happiness. All that money Mel made from Passion Of The Loser and this is all he gets to show for it. Glad I'm single and not associated with this CAshbag$$ Oxy moron.

1129 days ago
45.

Kathy    

Enough of these two. Are we going to hear their court battles until this kid is 18? Boring.

1129 days ago
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