Mel Gibson will not have to pay his ex-wife Oksana Grigorieva $500,000 because someone else around her alluded to the alleged abuse she suffered during their marriage and she didn't deny it.
The California Court of Appeals ruled that Grigorieva forfeited her right to the money Gibson owed her after Howard Stern indirectly brought up the abuse allegations while she was a guest on his show in 2013.
Although the court agreed that Grigorieva “did not make the explicit statement” that Gibson abused her, her comments indicated “clearly implied” she had suffered domestic abuse. The court also rejected her claim that she was not responsible for what Stern said on the show.
According to the court documents obtained by People magazine, Stern brought up the allegations when she was a guest on The Howard Stern Show in 2013. “Anyone who's been through what you've been through with [Gibson], you got to be full of hope, because it's the only way to be. You got to look ahead," Stern reportedly said. Grigorieva then answered "You know what? [Y]ou have to embrace your experience and even – it doesn't matter how painful it might be at the time, and that darker experience, learn from it, hopefully.”
That was apparently violating an agreement that she not even discuss being abused and threatened by Gibson.
Grigorieva went to police in July 2010, saying Gibson attacked her with a gun, although he had reportedly offered her $15 million to stay quiet about the abuse. In March 2011, he pleaded no contest to the domestic violence charges.
But audiotapes were posted on Radar Online in 2010 of Gibson telling her she “deserved” the abuse and he’d “bury” her if they went public. Gibson alleged Grigorieva was trying to extort him for the $15 million, which Grigorieva denied. She said she recorded those conversations because she was afraid for her life, but Gibson insisted she had edited them.
She told Radar Online in 2010 that Gibson is “trivializing” domestic violence and it is “unfair that by standing up to somebody — and speaking out — I am being victimized all over again.”
After a year of arguing, they struck a deal that Gibson would pay $750,000 in three installments, under the condition that Grigorieva would speak publicly about his behavior. He had made one $250,000 payment at the time of the judgment, and a judge warned Grigorieva not to discuss the allegations or else the settlement would be void.