Oksana Grigorieva drops domestic violence claim against Mel Gibson
Oksana Grigorieva has dropped a domestic violence claim she had submitted against ex-boyfriend Mel Gibson last year as part of a custody battle over their baby daughter, Lucia, OnTheRedCarpet.com has learned.
On March 11, Gibson pled no contest to charges of misdemeanor battery against Grigorieva. Prosecutors had filed the charges against Gibson as part of a separate criminal case that they had opened last year while investigating Grigorieva's domestic violence claim, which she had submitted in family court on June 21, 2010.
Grigorieva's claim had referenced a Jan. 6, 2010 confrontation between the two that had also involved their child. On Wednesday, May 6, Grigorieva's lawyer, Dan Horowitz, told a Los Angeles judge that he was requesting dismissal of her domestic violence claim, OnTheRedCarpet.com has learned.
The judge and Gibson's attorney, Stephen Kolodny, appeared stunned by the move. The claim and a domestic violence protective order that had been in place as a result of it were then dismissed.
Sources close to the matter told OnTheRedCarpet.com that by dismissing Grigorieva's domestic violence claim, her legal team won't use the January 2010 confrontation she had with Gibson to try and modify her current custody arrangements over their daughter. There was no comment from Grigorieva, Gibson or their attorneys. Grigorieva had said on CNN's "Larry King Live" in November 2010 that she was open to forgiving Gibson.
After entering his no contest plea to misdemeanor battery, Gibson was sentenced to informal probation for 36 months. Child custody cases in general may be impacted by a parent's criminal record but it is unclear as of yet if and how the actor's new conviction may affect his and Grigorieva's specific situation regarding Lucia.
Gibson is now no longer banned from contacting Grigorieva. The couple had last year filed restraining orders against one another. As a result of Grigorieva's move, these orders no longer apply.
Grigorieva had said that during the Jan. 6, 2010 incident, the actor hit her while she was holding the baby. Gibson said he slapped her in a bid to protect the child.
As part of his sentence for pleading no contest to misdemeanor battery, Gibson was also ordered to perform community service, complete a domestic violence program and undergo continued mental health counseling and pay a $400 fine. If he violates his probation, Gibson could face up to a year in prison.
Grigorieva and Gibson are believed to have broken up around April 2010 after being linked together for about a year. Several months after their confrontation, the two made headlines due to leaked recordings of subsequent telephone conversations said to have taken place between the two, which referenced the incident and included racist and explicit rants reportedly made by Gibson.
Last month, Gibson spoke out about the matter and said in an interview with Deadline.com that the recordings were edited. Grigorieva denied this.
"We have heard Mel Gibson's irresponsible accusations that his vicious racist rants were in fact edited. They were not," Grigorieva's rep Steve Jaffe had said in a statement obtained exclusively by OnTheRedCarpet.com. "The recordings have been authenticated and proven to be completely unaltered by Kirk Gibson a nationally renowned audio expert with degrees from Yale and Stanford Universities."