Mel Gibson’s controversial father and almost-ex-wife are to be questioned by Oksana Grigorieva’s lawyers in an ongoing custody battle for Mel and Oksana’s young daughter, Lucia. Subpoenas are to be served, forcing the two to appear before a deposition in Mel’s child custody war with the mother of his youngest child.
That is where things could get very interesting, as Mel’s father, Hutton Gibson is infamous as an ultra-conservative Catholic who has launched many racist rants in the past – declared Pope Benedict XVI gay and stated that the Holocaust was made up by the Jews. Mel Gibson never criticized his father publicly for these views.
None of that will come up in court this time, though, of course. But what truth could come out of his mouth when he is asked about what Mel confided to him about the Russian singer and the incident in January 2010 that left Oksana with two broken dental veneers.
Oksana’s lawyers are seeking to determine a possible motivation for Mel allegedly beating her up.
Mel’s wife of 28 years, Robyn Moore, from whom he is soon to be divorced, is also be subpoenaed. Lawyers will want to know if the “Lethal Weapon” star has a history of violence. Robyn, whom Mel left for Oksana, will be questioned about the sworn affidavit she submitted to a Los Angeles court which stated that Mel (55) had never been abusive to her nor his children.
Oksana refutes this. She has told police how Mel once admitted throwing a television at Robyn during an argument. She has also said she saw Mel hit his youngest son, Tommy, around the head, during a hockey game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Oksana says this is just one example if Mel’s frequent rages.
Gibson has already pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor battery on a spouse or cohabitant in the Los Angeles Superior Court (March 2011), for the January 2010 attack on Oksana. He was sentenced to three years’ probation and 52 weeks of domestic violence counseling.
Now, baby Lucia’s passport has been surrendered so neither parent can take her out of the country. The couple are to fight it out in court as to who has custody, access arrangements and maintenance payments.