We've been following this story for months in detail, trying to ascertain the origin of the infamous Mel Gibson rants and whether he abused Oksana Grigorieva.
The domestic abuse question remains unsolved, although the inflammatory content of the movie star's rage-filled, borderline insane ranting speaks for itself.
But make no mistake about this fact:
Oksana Grigorieva signed an agreement with Mel last May and got millions out of him for one thing in return - a promise to destroy "evidence," e.g. the tapes.
No one looks good here. [Photos: PacificCoastNewsOnline.com]
A document obtained by TMZ, and at the core of Mel's extortion claim against his baby mama, was signed by both parties on May 16, after a two-day mediation.
According to the document, Mel agreed to pay Oksana Grigorieva and their baby daughter, Lucia, approximately $15 million. Pretty handsome settlement, no?
In return, Oksana agreed to "turn over all 'evidence'" and prove it is "turned over and all evidence will be destroyed in a manner agreed upon by both parties."
"Evidence" in this case is defined, in a related document, as any "recordings, audio tapes, emails, text messages, videotapes and photographs ... of Gibson."Basically, it was all about the rants. A source involved in the mediation says there's no question, "It was all about the tapes, everyone in the room knew it."
The signed document gives Oksana Grigorieva, among other things:
- $1 million when Oksana turns over of all of the "evidence"
- $10,000 per month for the next 18 additional years
- A $1 million life insurance policy on Mel
- All the rights to their Getty picture deal
- All profits from Oksana's album ($17,112)
There are strict confidentiality provisions attached "with financial penalties for non-compliance" and the document also talks about the estranged pair's "Joint, mutually agreeable press release about the reasons for the separation."
When it came to signing the formal, longer version with specifics, Oksana refused, now claiming she had no idea she was giving Mel unsupervised contact with Lucia.
Yet in the document she signed, Mel got "50/50 physical custody" with no restrictions or conditions. The document provides handsomely for Lucia, too, including:
- $50,000 a year for the next 20 years
- $10,000 a year for the next 20 years for college expenses
- $4,000 a month for additional child support for 18 years
- $4.3 million minimum when Mel Gibson passes away
Oksana's lawyer, Daniel Horowitz, says, "When a person born in a foreign country comes to America, they look at the justice system as the best in the world."
"You have a retired judge as a mediator and some of the best lawyers in L.A. in the mediation and you trust that what they are doing is lawful and proper. This truly underscores how victimized she was. Mel Gibson deserves better as well."
Huh? Victimized? What kind of spin job is this guy trying to pull? None of this absolves Mel Gibson of blame for what he may have done to her, but it's beyond suspicious, and does not explain the leak of the tapes for profit.
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