Mel Gibson is not only in a nasty fight with Oksana Grigorieva over custody of their baby daughter, he's facing a domestic violence investigation and major fallout from her set of rage-filled, possibly career-ending leaked phone tapes.
But he still has his family.
"He has a good support system in his friends and family," a friend tells People adding that his seven kids are "absolutely" standing by their father.
Gibson regularly speaks to his soon-to-be-ex wife, Robyn, with whom he split in April 2009, and has seven children from a nearly 30-year union.
It was Robyn Gibson who came to his defense last week, filing an affidavit swearing he was never once abusive during their entire time together.
Mel has allies in Robyn Gibson and their seven kids.
According to a source, it was her idea: "Mel didn't ask Robyn for the affidavit in which she says that he never engaged in any physical abuse towards her."
"Robyn just felt that enough is enough ... She still values her marriage to Mel and is sick of [how the press portrays] Mel as a heartless, abusive monster."
A new Mel Gibson tape leaked on Tuesday was perhaps the most damning of the six released to date, as he appeared to admit a violent outburst.
But despite what you hear on the tapes, Robyn is standing by the actor, who she calls an amazing father. The source said, "she is still protective of him."
A Gibson family source says that the actor's family has long seen Oksana Grigorieva, who Mel split with earlier this year, as a calculating person.
“She pushed him over the edge," the source says. "While they do think he needs help for his anger issues, Mel's family is supportive of him."