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Mel Gibson's Ex Oksana Grigorieva Loses $500,000 in Settlement Money For Talking to Howard Stern

by Jennifer Drysdale 6:46 PM PDT, August 11, 2016
Playing Mel Gibson's Ex Oksana Grigorieva Loses $500,000 in Settlement Money For Talking to Howard Stern

Oksana Grigorieva can say goodbye to her remaining settlement from Mel Gibson.

The California Court of Appeals has ruled that Gibson no longer owes his ex  $500,000 worth of settlement money after she appeared on Howard Stern's radio show in 2013, and spoke out about the actor's alleged domestic abuse.

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Court documents obtained by ET state that as part of the settlement agreement -- which included a 2011 custody agreement over the former couple's daughter, Luciana -- Grigorieva agreed to keep confidential "any and all information and facts" related to both the settlement and Gibson's alleged abuse.

A breach of Grigorieva's confidentiality obligation would result in a forfeiture of "all outstanding installments" of her $750,000 settlement payment.

The court docs go on to state that after Gibson had paid his ex the first $250,000 installment in 2013, Grigorieva appeared on The Howard Stern Show, portions of which were excerpted in the documents.

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"Anyone who's been through what you've been through with [Gibson], you got to be full of hope, because it's the only way to be. You got to look ahead," the long time radio host told Grigorieva. "You now what? [Y]ou have to embrace your experience and even -- it doesn't matter how painful it might be at the time, and that darker experience, learn from it, hopefully," she replied. 

While the court found that Grigorieva did "not make the explicit statement" that Gibson "committed domestic violence" during her interview, the court ruled that "her response to Stern's statement about what she had 'been through with [Gibson]' when taken in context with the 'interview as a whole,' clearly implie[d] that [Grigorieva] suffered domestic violence at the hands of [Gibson]."

Gibson therefore is no longer responsible for the remaining $500,000 of the settlement he once owed his ex.

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According to The LA Times, the Braveheart star initially agreed to pay Grigorieva a settlement of $15 million after their messy split, on the condition she not release secretly recorded audio tapes of a conversation between the two. The settlement was reduced to $750,000 after she released the tapes in 2012.

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