Mel Gibson reportedly close to reaching divorce settlement
Mel Gibson's divorce from his estranged wife Robyn Gibson is close to being finalized, according to the Associated press.
An attorney for Robyn Gibson told a Los Angeles judge on Tuesday that the two have resolved their issues and are finishing up an agreement. The couple should have a judgment ready by August 30.
Robyn Gibson filed for divorce in April 2009 after 26 years of marriage and just months before the actor's then-girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva, gave birth to a baby girl named Lucia.
The two have seven children together, only of which is under 18. Gibson cited in his court filings that the couple separated in 2006. There were no additional details on how their assets will be divided.
Gibson recently completed the community service part of a sentence with Mending Kids international in Guatemala. The sentence was given after he pleaded no contest in March to charges of misdemeanor battery against Grigorieva.
The actor was sentenced in March to informal probation for 36 months, 16 hours of community service with Mending Kids International, a 53-week domestic violence program, continued mental health counseling and a $400 domestic violence fine. If he violates his probation, Gibson could face up to a year in prison.
At the time the actor accepted the plea bargain in March, Gibson's lawyer made it clear that the actor was not admitting guilt but was "entering into plea because it's in the best interest of his children." Grigorieva, who is also the mother of their baby daughter Lucia, waived her right to appear in court.
The former couple is still engaged in an ongoing custody battle over their infant daughter.
Grigorieva, 40, dropped a domestic violence claim in early May she had submitted against the 54-year-old actor. Both the claim and the battery charge stem from a January 2010 confrontation between the two.
The following summer, recordings of telephone conversations between them, which referenced the event and included racist and explicit rants made by Gibson, were posted on the RadarOnline website and made international headlines. Police reviewed the tapes before they filed charges against Gibson.
Grigorieva and Gibson are believed to have broken up around April 2010 after being linked together for about a year. She had dropped her domestic violence claim because she wanted to extend an olive branch to Gibson, her other attorney, Ron Litz told OnTheRedCarpet.com in May.
Meanwhile, he is trying to revive his film career. His latest movie, "The Beaver," flopped at the box office.