The financial needs of nine-month-old baby Lucia were front and center yesterday in the latest custody hearing involving Mel Gibson and Oksana Grigorieva.
A marathon hearing involved a request by Oksana, who has accused Mel of beating and threatening to kill her and Lucia, to up his child support payments.
Sources say Mel's lawyers argued the kid is nine months old and doesn't need more than Mel is paying - $5,000 per month plus additional living expenses.
Not an invalid point, no matter how much Gibson is worth. However, in the end, Judge Scott Gordon decided not to rule on the spot, but to think that one over.
Mel and Oksana earlier this year. [Photo: PacificCoastNewsOnline.com]
As for Mel's court deposition, which has been postponed at least once, and which she says he's trying to dodge, sources say a date still has not been set.
Three separate investigations are ongoing to establish custody of Lucia, whether Mel committed domestic abuse, and whether Oksana committed extortion.
Oksana may soon try to subpoena Robyn Gibson, Mel's wife of 28 years, regarding claims that he was never abusive to her or to their seven children.
All three probes are still underway, and it may be a while yet before custody rights are hammered out or criminal charges are filed, if any are filed at all.