Oksana Grigorieva has filed for bankruptcy after Mel Gibson’s $750K settlement


Lord, I haven’t written about Oksana Grigorieva since 2011. Do I need to summarize? Probably. Oksana dated Mel Gibson for several years. She gave birth to his daughter, Lucia, in 2009. Shortly after Oksana welcomed their daughter, she and Mel split up and what followed was… horrible. Oksana had recorded Mel – during their time together and after they had split – being verbally abusive to her, screaming at her, threatening to kill her and bury her in the garden. Oksana also claimed that Mel punched her in the face, threw her against walls, and on and on. Mel ended up pleading “no contest” to one of the charges of assault, and Mel and Oksana waged a lengthy legal battle over custody of Lucia. You can read all of the Oksana archives here.

At the end of the day, Mel offered Oksana a $15 million settlement to basically drop all the charges against him and shut the hell up (seriously, I’m sure a confidentiality agreement was part of the settlement). Oksana refused and they went to court. And then the lawyers worked out a deal: 50-50 custody, with Mel paying Oksana $750,000 over the course of five years (this was 2011, remember). So, what happened to the money? She spent it.

Oksana Grigorieva — who got hundreds of thousands of dollars from Mel Gibson after a nuclear child custody war — has filed for bankruptcy … TMZ has learned.

In new legal docs — obtained by TMZ — Oksana says things are so bad she only has $10 in cash to her name. Oksana says the math tells the story — $48,000 in assets, $438,000 in debts.

As for Oksana’s expenses … she spends $90 a month on “Gofer Patrol.” BTW … her home security is less … $80 a month.

Oksana — who is a singer — claims in the last 6 months she’s only received $200 in royalties. She also lists works of art she painted at $500.

Now get this … Most of the debts are from legal bills. Oksana owes 5 lawyers a quarter-of-a-million bucks. Remember … during the custody fight … Oksana hired and fired more than 40 lawyers.

Mel agreed to pay Oksana a $750K settlement in installments — the last being due in 2016. As you remember, Mel pled no contest to assaulting Oksana … knocking out a few veneers.

According to the court docs, Mel pays her $20,000 a month in child support for Lucia, and actor Timothy Dalton pays her $2,500 a month for their son, Alexander.

Now this hurts … Oksana rejected a settlement from Mel … of $15,000,000!

[From TMZ]

I remember when Oksana walked away from the $15 million offer, and I remember thinking that Oksana A) probably thought she would get more money from Mel in the end and B) wanted to hurt Mel and damage his reputation even more than she already had. Still, considering the deal that she ended up agreeing to, it’s probably fair to say that she has 14,250,000 regrets. And it’s asinine that part of the final deal wasn’t Mel paying for Oksana’s lawyers, right?



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  1. QQ says:

    I love how celebs and their lessers smooth spend more money than we’ve ever seen in our lives in a matter of a couple of years and then is like “Well, Halp, im poor!” like if i had that kind of money?? Jesus My entire 25 close Family members would come up!

    • JaDeRu says:

      She didn’t deserve to be treated the way Gibson treated her. But come on now, how do you spend that kind of money in 3 years?
      I’d take 750K and be able to stretch it. LOL
      Hell, I’d take grocery coupons.

      • KAI says:

        The $750,000 was to be paid out over five years so she hasn’t received all of it yet and it was not disclosed how much she has received to-date. That said, what she has received, along with the child support from Gibson and Dalton should been enough to support her and the two children.

      • littlewitch says:

        This woman is also receiving $240,000 a year from Mel Gibson for Child support and $30,000 a year for child support for her son from Timothy Dalton. She doesn’t have $10.00 to her name? This woman is a total grifter Drama Queen, Perfect retribution for Mel Gibson to be associated to this with for his lifetime because of the little girl who looks just like her mother! ha

    • I Choose Me says:

      Haw. If I had even a whiff of that kind of money I’m sure every ‘family’ member I’ve never seen or met would want to make my acquaintance. But I’d be sure to take care of my own.

      Sheeet. I honestly can’t imagine spending that kind of money but the article says that the debt pertains to legal fees? Why wouldn’t her lawyers fees be part of the deal?

    • Liberty says:

      @ QQ — exactly. I know someone like this, getting 10K a month in support for one child and blowing through it and pleading poverty every 30 days. Unreal. And, the child is 3 years old.

      • John says:

        I know this exact woman. Same thing– given millions in a cash settlement, a Manhattan apartment in which to raise their daughter (who is nine), child support for 50% custody, plus $10,000 a month and she never has any money left at the end of the month. She thinks it’s hilarious. :/

    • Nerd Alert says:

      YES. I’m sure most of us have technically lived below or near the federal poverty line ($46K/y right now) without filing bankruptcy. It’s really quite hard to have sympathy for these asshats who blow through hundreds of thousands of dollars in a matter of months or years. She makes $22.5K per month just for taking care of her own children! What the hell else could cost so much? I couldn’t imagine wasting that much money, and I’m sure the majority was just wasted. Ugh.

      • winosaurusrex says:

        yea. I’m WAY under the poverty level and I’m not claiming bankruptcy (probably because that wouldn’t make my student loans go away-which is the ONLY thing i have trouble with)

        If i had gotten that kind of deal you better believe i would be riding high for a good long time…

        lets see pay off my student loans
        get my own apartment
        pay of my car

        Seriously it would be emergency money or something. i feel bad for the kid. but not the parents.

      • Bucky says:

        I mean, granted, FPL usually applies to a family of four, correct? So a single person making $46,000 per year wouldn’t qualify as below poverty.

        Like, a couple years ago, I was making just over $40,000 per year, but I was nowhere near poverty level because I’m a single person responsible only for myself.

        Not that that has much bearing on Grigorieva’s situation. I received a lump sum of money a few years ago due to a death in the family, and you better believe I put a big chunk towards my student loans, bought (and almost fully paid for) a new car, and paid off my credit card. After moving to a better apartment, the rest went in the bank. It’s so easy to spend if you just have access to the money whenever you want it. The money is in the bank as much to invest it as it is to keep it away from me and my whims.

      • TG says:

        I think that $46K has something to do with medicaid eligibility and not really the poverty level. That seems kind of high. I just did a quick check and the poverty level for 1 person is around $11K and for a family of 8 is just over $40K. I have always made more than the poverty level but have often, including now, thanks to daycare costs, felt poor so these are extremely low rates that don’t take geographical housing into context. I mean in the DC area it is hard to find an apartment under $1,400 in a good commuting area. So even if you make more than the poverty rate if you have kids, college loans, car payments, etc, you are going to feel the pinch.

    • Nikkie says:

      I know right? Not only did she get the. $700,000 settlement but gets $22,000 in child support each month. Problem is she ‘s a non-celebrity trying to live the lifestyle of one.

      • strickchic says:

        I get $200 a month and am a single mother with no help of any kind from any entity. I make so much less than what they call the poverty line but I do it. I do not think society or anyone owes me a handout. There is such an entitlement mentality these days that it actual sickens me. Why does she not get out and get a job? She is not too good for that. No one is. Let her walk a mile in my shoes, or so many of these readers, and she may see how great she really has it. Sounds like reality finally smacked her in the face!

    • tootsie says:

      She just needs to open up an economics branch of her Golddigging Academy. She got the “How to be average and Bag a Celeb part!” Homegurl got Timothy Hutton and Mel Gibson to populate her lady parts.. She just needs help collecting and keeping the money.

  2. Amanduh says:

    Some people are just sooo irresponsible and stupid. How the eff you blow through that much money is beyond me.

    • sienna says:

      My guess is that she thought she was rich and blew through the money supporting a similar lifestyle to the one she had when she and Mel were together. She should have taken control of her finances and scaled back .

      As an aside, you see this lots with young pro athletes. They go pro and blow their signing bonus, have a few years of making great money but spend, spend, spend. By the time their pro careers are over, many have not salted away enough.

      • evelena says:

        She gets more per month in child support from her 2 baby-daddies (aside from the Mel settlement) than most ppl make in a year!

      • Amanduh says:

        …so you’d think then with that much wealth, you’d hire someone to look after it/you? It must be a psychological clusterf*ck to get that rich that quickly (re: Pro athletes)…

      • YuYa says:

        Evelena, that’s what I don’t GET! She still gets 22,500 per month on top of the settlement she did receive…wtf is she doing with her money? I manage to live on a little less than 3K a month, own my house and car outright, have no debt and still manage to put about 500 a month away. (And that’s still buying clothes, fun money, etc…)

        What can she possibly be STILL BUYING???

    • Tazina says:

      It seems like a ploy for more money. She probably is kicking herself now for letting that $15 Million slip through her fingers.

      • AG-UK says:

        exactly I would have snapped that $15m up but greed got the best of her she wanted and thought she needed more.

    • BW says:

      It wouldn’t have made a difference if she took the $15mil or the $750K. She’d still be filing for bankruptcy now.

      • John Wayne Lives says:

        This^ today everybody wants to be a “baller” with lots of “bling”. whatever happened to living a wholesome happy healthy life? selfish waste is the only way to explain blowing through that kind of money when you are a mother of two.

  3. Caitlin's mommy says:

    All those lawyers- and she still wouldn’t listen to them. I’m sure they ALL told her to take the 15 million.

    • Erinn says:

      I have no sympathy for her money wise. She was too good for 15million, and look what she ended up with. She could have had a shitton of money, and she turned her nose up at it.

      • Sassy says:

        Really – Mel Gibson is going ahead with his career. No one knows who she is, and she thought she would outsmart Gibson and his lawyers and now she shows how really stupid she is by not managing a very generous settlement.

    • V4Real says:

      I bet she’s desperately looking for H. G. Wells Time Machine so she can go back and correct that big, huge mistake.

  4. Lindsey says:

    What an idiot

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:


    • Triple Cardinal says:

      She’s filed for bankruptcy, but it’s not a given she’ll get it. The court could turn her down flat, discharge all her debts or pick and choose debts to be paid back over time, say 5 or 10 years. 

      When the court puts you on a financial diet, it’s an ugly bit of business. All luxuries are out the window. And what an applicant considers a necessity–cable services, for instance–a court could consider a luxury. 

      If the court tells her that she can have no more than $1500 a month for housing, she’ll have to downsize. No discussion and no debate. If her artistic career is a financial non-starter, she could be forced to find a regular job. Put the child in daycare and report to work. 

      It’s not the court’s job to make life easy for the applicant. It’s the court’s job to be even-handed. You’re in debt due to ill health or downsizing? The court can be sympathetic. You pissed good money away? Got a sense of entitlement? The court can nail you for that, but good.

      • Tammy says:

        There are quite a few inaccuracies in your post here and because I practice bankruptcy law, I needed to comment. Not to be rude, but you don’t have a clue as to what you are talking about.

        It’s not the court that could turn her down her flat, it would creditors objecting to a discharge that could get the case dismissed and she filed a Chapter 13, not a chapter 7. She will be paying back her creditors a certain amount over a period of time, most being 5 years.

        There are schedules to be filed with the petition and a trustee or creditor can object to her expenses if they feel they are too high. Cable is considered to be an allowed expense… it is not broken down between necessity or luxury. You can have luxury expenses but you have to pay all of your debt back. If the trustee feels that $1500 is too much for rent, he can ask for more to be paid back to creditors. The court would not tell her she cannot pursue her career… do you think we live in a communist country?

        The court does not pass judgement on what causes the bankruptcy filing as long as the filing is in good faith, no matter the reasons you filed.

  5. MrsBPitt says:

    I have no sympathy for this woman…she purposely set her sights on a celebrity and got pregnant to make money. SHE HAD A CHILD TO MAKE MONEY! She is not the first and won’t be the last. I just find her disgusting!

    • Blue says:

      She also had a child with Timothy Dalton back in 1997, my guess is the child support was going to end soon, so she was looking for a new money maker, she just happened to pick a gross dick, no sympathy for her, the rich always manage to get by a lot easier than the rest of us.

    • V4Real says:

      +1 and even though I’m not condoning what Mel did to her (physical abuse) I have an issue with a person who tries to set a person up while during and after the relationship. She had a plan and it was to destroy Mel while taking a shit load of money from him. She knew Mel was unstable and used that against him. She probably figured the court would rule more in her favor after they heard all those rants of bigotry and threats. What she didn’t take into account is that it’s the California court system which can be tricky.

      Mel did a pretty good job of ruinning himself; he didn’t need any help. I’m willing to bet if Mel didn’t make all those racial rants he would still have a career. Hollywood wouldn’t have given to shits about the verbal threats and alleged abuse he made towards her.

    • MrsB says:

      ITA. We all know Mel is no saint, but I never bought into her act of a poor abused woman. Like @V4Real said, it doesn’t excuse any of Mel’s actions, but in my opinion, she knew exactly what she was doing.

    • Hiddles forever says:

      Me too. No sympathy for this lazy woman who wants to live the life of a celebrity and she is not one… Poor children 🙁

  6. Suzy from Ontario says:

    Sheesh, she really blew it (no pun intended). Should’ve taken the 15 million. Still, hard to have sympathy for people who run through more money than most of us would see in our lifetime (yes, Heather Mills, I’m giving you the side-eye too!), especially when they then declare bankruptcy. So irresponsible!

    • Josephine says:

      The bankruptcy bugs me as well. It seems like the rich person’s way to get out of their obligations – Trump has declared bankruptcy many times. What an abuse, and the rest of us get stuck with their bills.

      • sienna says:

        + 1 000 000

      • Miss Jupitero says:

        I personally know two craftsmen (makers of one of a kind furnishings) who were driven into bankruptcy and, for one of them, an early grave by Donald Trump.

        Back in the eighties he commissioned hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of custom furniture from them, took the furniture– then discharged the bill in bankruptcy court. It wiped them out. They lost everything. John had a heart attack shortly after, David had a nervous breakdown and never recovered financially. Died a few years later in absolute poverty.

        Yes, they should have demanded 50% up front, but he was Donald Trump and they believed this would be the beginning of more celebrity commissions. Yep. Show biz is filled with sociopathy guys.

      • Rockymtnprincess says:

        I read somewhere she owes lawyers $400k for all the legal BS between her and Mel if that is true she is just doing this to get out of paying. I can’t fathom how one can become a mooch on that level,

      • Kiddo says:

        @Miss Jupitero, That is terrible. Rich people bankruptcy is vastly different than middle class bankruptcy that’s for sure. One actually has no resources left. Donald Trump is a horrible person.

      • Miss Jupitero says:

        This was back in the eighties, when bankruptcy was easier, and people like Trump actively exploited the system to grab whatever they wanted. It was a system made for them. It wasn’t a personal bankruptcy, btw, but one of his businesses. Since the business was technically out of money, he could avoid all responsibility even though he himself was extremely wealthy. Oh, and he kept the furniture.

        Later, largely because of people like Trump, bankruptcy reform went into effect which made it harder for consumers to discharge debt. That may superficially sound like a good thing, but in effect it only hurt the people who really *needed* to discharge debt in order to not be ruined for life. People like Trump will always be able to use their lawyers to skirt responsibility and leverage their “strategic defaults” (i.e., flat out refusing to pay, then settling the account for much less than is owed after the creditor is backed into a corner, best utilized against creditors who will be ruined if you don’t cough up the 30% settlement) because for them it is all just a numbers game.

        People who are really underwater and about to lose their homes, who don’t have any other resources to draw upon, who don’t have any protected off-shore funds, and who can’t afford the same legal counsel are the ones who are screwed in the end. They will be paying for the rest of their lives.

        I despise Trump and anyone who kisses his ass.

      • msw says:

        What an evil son of a bitch.

  7. msw says:

    Well, that isn’t going to help the accusations she was just a gold digger. whether she is or not, I don’t really care, but some people seem to think that the free pass for Mel Gibson to beat the ever living crap out of her. Abuse is fine if you get money, apparently.

    • I Choose Me says:

      Agree, I don’t care if she was in it for the money. He had no right to put his hands on her.

    • anon33 says:

      THIS. I can’t even deal with this story bc apparently abuse is warranted if someone is a gold digger….*leaves thread*

    • Roma says:

      For all the people who say “she should have taken the $15 million”, she actually wanted him to be held to account for abusing her. She pushed for charges. Good for her.

      • Montréalise says:

        She had every right to turn down the $15 million, but then she shouldn’t have spent money as though she had accepted the offer. She did get $750,000 but now claims she has only $10 to her name – what happened to that money? Don’t forget she’s also getting over a quarter of a million dollars in child support every year, on top of that $750,000. BTW, what in the world is “gofer patrol”?

  8. Aims says:

    Mel Gibson is an ass, no doubt. But money is not the cure all when a person has a hard time handling it. It’s like sand in a sift.

  9. janie says:

    She has the look of Octomom. Most people don’t make in a year what she hauls in on a monthly basis. Boohoo!

  10. Kiddo says:

    So many things in this story at once. She was a gold digger, he was an alcoholic abusive dick. Having babies for cash is reprehensible, as is beating and threatening a woman. She played her cards wrong. What else is there to say?

    In the end the biggest losers, unfortunately, are the kids caught in the middle.

  11. Marigold says:

    $22,250 a month isn’t enough for her to live on? Really? Somebody needs some perspective…

    • dizzylucy says:

      IKR? Even if she had to spend all her settlement on lawyers, she still gets a hefty amount of cash every month. There is absolutely no reason she can’t live comfortably on that.

    • Sullivan says:

      Perspective AND an education. Or maybe just hire an accountant. Some people should not handle money on their own.

    • emmie_a says:

      And that’s $22k in CASH right? Or is child support taxed? Either way, she has more than enough to live a very comfortable life.

  12. Patricia says:

    But wait, she’s still getting $20,000+ in child support every month. So how is she bankrupt? My god I feel like an absolute rich person some days, more fortunate than I ever imagined, and my husband and I take in about a third of that per month from, you know, working!
    I could live like a queen on $20,000 per month. And I live in the very expensive Northeast.

  13. GeeMoney says:

    That woman did not deserve an ounce of what Mel Gibson did to her (I’m referencing the physical violence and the death threats).

    With that said, at the end of the day, she’s still a gold digger and a total idiot, and that’s why she’s broke. And a lot of this is karma.

    I feel sorry for her kids though.

    • Lucinda says:

      But where’s his karma? I wish she had taken him for every penny he had.

      • V4Real says:

        He lost his career and respect of his used to be fans. There’s his Karma.

      • Sam says:

        From what I understand, he paid out incredibly well to his wife Robin – but that was because Robin played nice with him – including testifying against Oksana by saying that Mel had never put his hands on her and that he had always been a wonderful man. Oksana probably could have gotten a lot more – hell, he offered her a ton more! She played the odds and lost. Robin was smarter.

      • dizzylucy says:

        Plus Robin was with him for 20 some years, had many kids, and was married to him during the height of his fame and fortune.

      • paranormalgirl says:

        She tried to and failed. And his karma is that he lost millions in potential income and a great deal of personal and professional respect. Plus he has to live with himself.

      • The Wizz says:

        Robin also supported him financially when he was a struggling actor in Australia. She was always going to get a lot of money in the divorce settlement.

  14. grabbyhands says:

    Judging by this, I feel fairly certain that she probably would have blown through the 15 million too, it just would have taken longer.

  15. cody says:

    I don’t feel bad for her, she must have known what she was getting into. Well if her so called singing career isn’t going anywhere and she likes a the lavish life style, maybe it is time to find another sugar daddy or find another career that pays the bills. I do feel sorry for the little girl that she has Mel as a father

  16. Tx says:

    That’s what she gets for being greedy. If I recall correctly, his reputation was already damaged before they went to court, so she already won on that. She should have taken the 15mil and ran with it.

  17. Penelope says:

    She’s a gold-digging, calculating phony (though no one deserves the horrifying treatment she received from Mel). Turning down 15 million was absolutely the dumbest, most short-sighted, and yes, arrogant thing she could possibly have done. Idiot.

  18. Sunlily says:

    Uh oh, loosing count of all the zeros of f***s I can’t possibly give for someone who blows through that much money. I only feel sorry for the children who have to keep being jerked around from place to place because their mom is a f**k up.

  19. eliza says:

    If she would have taken the $15 million she would still be filing for bankruptcy today. The woman is obviously an idiot and has no idea how to live like a normal parent of two children.

  20. Kiddo says:

    “you have no idea what kinds of things she did to make him go nuclear ”

    Um, let’s not get carried away here. Mel went pretty nuclear just for being pulled over by cops, while driving drunk. He also went gonzo on a screenwriter.

    They BOTH have issues. She didn’t make him who he was, but she knew how to pick ’em, and let’s not forget, he picked her too. Dude could have tied things up or wore a raincoat, instead of single-handedly trying to increase the population of the planet.

    • V4Real says:

      #Kiddo “Dude could have tied things up or wore a raincoat, instead of single-handedly trying to increase the population of the planet.”

      But weren’t they in a long relationship before she got pregnant? Can we all honestly say that our SO’s have used condoms every time after being in a realtionshipwith us for awhile. I understand if they were just randomly dating or she got pregnant a few months after they met but he considered her his girlfriend, not just some chick he was dating.

      • Kiddo says:

        V4Real, I get what you are saying, but Mel has a bajillion kids already and I think that the responsibility for birth control lies not just with the woman, but with the man too. The person who I responded to, whose post seems to have moved into the ethers, was making it sound like Mel was some naive nice guy who was only set off by this woman. Come on, she knew his reputation, it wasn’t a secret then, and he had to know she was receiving cash on another child born out of wedlock with another actor.

        Why are these posts coming up solo instead of under the reply?

      • V4Real says:

        @Kiddo I don’t know what’s going on with the posts. My first comment was referring to that particular poster as well but I no longer see her comment. I added your name to this one or else it would seem like I’m debating with myself. 🙂

        I do agree that men also have to take responsibility in the unwanted procreation game. They also have to be aware of the I’m on the pill ploy as well.

      • Anon says:

        testing reply @Kiddo “Why are these posts coming up solo instead of under the reply?” don’t know, but you are right posts showing up solo.
        eta and out of order 🙂

      • Nina W says:

        If Mel ever wore condoms to begin with, I remember quite clearly an interview he gave more than 20 years ago where he said he was opposed to any form of birth control. As far as I know, despite his divorce, he is still a practicing Catholic. He is the father of eight children and he himself came from a family of eleven children.

      • CC says:

        In the end while technically both have a responsibility, common sense dictates that the one that has the most to lose (man or woman) or that doesn’t want more/any kids has to take care of his/her own business. Some things you simply don’t delegate to your SO, no matter how close or stable or long term you are. Besides, if both are taking care of protection, changes of”accidents” get exponentially smaller.

      • Anon says:

        @CC agree

  21. BendyWindy says:

    First and foremost, Mel Gibson is a d-bag.

    However, Oksana should take some lessons from Kimora Lee Simmons. $750k? Over five years? Dumb.

  22. K-MAC says:

    How Mel treated her was horrible, a disgrace. With that said, she would have blown the $15 million, too. Some people are simply bad with money, period.

  23. UghInsomnia says:

    I get $330 a month in child support and I manage to take great care of my kids. No sympathy over here.

  24. CC says:

    The golddigger and the racist. A match made in hell. I feel sorry for the kid.

    • tootsie says:

      LMAO She is definitely a Golddigger. She thought she was going to come out with a bigger pay day and failed to even ask for legal fees.

      The thing that is mind boggling is that before Mel Gibson, she got $2,500 from Hutton for their son, she made it work right? Now she gets $20,000 a month plus the $750,000 and she is complaining? She needs remedial courses in Golddigging Academy!

  25. Springtime says:


  26. gg says:

    Crazy woman spent it all on plastic surgery so she can’t smile straight anymore.

  27. latelena14 says:

    I find it hard to believe she spent all that money. she must have stashed some of it away or something.

  28. AmyLynne says:

    Those lawyers should have gotten a retainer. Of course they should get paid but I would never get myself in that deep with a client. Kind of dumb.

  29. Jordan says:

    She gets $22,500 a month not including the $750 G’s settlement that still has installments coming. Boo freakin Hoo.

    She definitely didn’t deserve to be treated the way she was treated by him, but she does have gold digging skank ho written all over her. She should have taken the 15 million and ran, But something tells me even if she got that she’d still be broke. She’s just that type.

  30. tessy says:

    I make less in a year than she gets in a month and I’m not broke. You live within your means.

  31. Mrs.Krabapple says:

    I’m not a lawyer, so I’m just speculating here, but is it POSSIBLE that the child support is put into separate accounts solely to be spent on the kids? That way, she can keep the child support piling up in savings for her kids, but not have to include it in HER assets for the bankruptcy filings? If that’s the case, then I can see how she’s broke (or claiming to be, to get rid of creditors), because her assets wouldn’t include the child support.

    • Scarlet Vixen says:

      @Krabapple: That’s not how child support works. It is money that the other parent uses to take care of the child on a daily basis. It is meant to be used on such necessities as groceries, clothing, tuition, daycare, healthcare, medical expenses like co-pays or Rxs, even utility bills and mortgage payments. Unless she and Gibson have a unique arrangement where the ‘child support’ is more of a trust fund (which wouldn’t make sense because it appears to be paid to her monthly) that 22k is just like any other income to be spent however she decides. Sounds like she’s just p*ssing it away with her settlement money.

      • Montréalise says:

        I know several women whose only source of income is child support and they use it for all expenses, not only the child’s but also their own. The fathers are not happy (“why doesn’t she get a job?”) but there’s nothing they can do about it. Obviously, the fathers are rich enough that the amount of child support the court ordered them to pay is sufficient to pay for the mortgage, groceries, tuition, vacations and everything else.

  32. homegrrrrl says:

    The woman walked away from at million dollar “shut up” mountain- this should prove she’s not a gold digger. She just wanted custody, because the man is abusive. Now the man actually gets 50% custody? That’s absurd. She obviously was fighting for her daughter. Of course she has legal expenses up the ying yang. The poor woman. These abusive guys really know how to dupe and dump. I feel or her and this child. Mel Gibson is one sick man.

    • Ok says:

      Homegrrrrrl. Whoops having problems with my reply to you. :). Lately many of my electronics have been flaking out.

      I was trying to tell you I think you are the only person on this site ( and maybe the only person in the world) that doesn’t think Oksana is a gold digger. Wow. Surprising.

      I have not seen it suggested prior to your post that her turning down the original $15 million dollar offer was an indication that she was NOT a gold digger.


      I was thinking that she turned down the offer in order to try to get more money.

      I guess we really don’t know.

    • Anna says:

      Hello, Oksana.

    • Sue says:

      @homegrrrrl +1
      People see only the money in this matter, covet it, and most of these comments bear this out. Why the hell would Grigorieva want an abuser and woman hater too by the way, judging from his disgusting rants, having half custody of her baby girl?? Everyone KNOWS this lady was battered but still all they see is the money aspect. Could a woman be fighting to keep her child from a powerful wealthy, abusive celebrity? Oh no, that couldn’t be it!

    • Xas says:

      Actually homegrrrl reports and mentions of the prior personal life from Oksana will drop your theory -Especially that “volatile” first marriage with a powerful lawyer and her “close” friendship with Nikita Milkhanov -Rumors of an affair-, before falling in love of Dalton.

      Yes, Gibson is a pig and deserved that punishment, but Oksana isn’t the clear victim as you pointed with many of these references.

  33. ItSetsYou says:

    I’m not sure what to make of this: if she was only chasing money, when she got pregnant by him then she would’ve been smart to take what he offered, instead of taking him to court. Instead she spend so much on lawyers and now has no money… If she was a gold digger – she wasn’t very good at it…

  34. dorothy says:

    Hope Simon Cowell’s baby-momma is reading this. Except Cowell will want the kid after a huge settlement. Could be the future for that gold-digger.

  35. Montréalise says:

    She’s had 40 lawyers? Are you serious? I practice family law and while it is not at all unusual for clients to change lawyers once or twice – perhaps because the client’s personality didn’t mesh with the lawyer’s, or because the client lost confidence in the lawyer’s competence – any lawyer can tell you that if a client has had several lawyers, there’s a serious problem, and it’s with the lawyers.

    • Ok says:

      Montrielese —
      “Any lawyer will tell you that if a client has had several lawyers, there is a problem and it is with the lawyers.”


      I was expecting you to say tht if there is a client with many lawyers that the problem is with the client…… Not the lawyers.

      What so you mean? Not understanding.

  36. V says:

    This sums it up for this woman: “Gold Digger”

  37. Ok says:

    I wonder why the judge deemed such a relatively low number on the installment payment. Hmmmm.

    Because theoretically when you get knocked up by a rich guy, that is supposed to be your retirement plan. (Yes, bit of sarcasm here).

    But Mel is supposed to have a worth of around $600 million, and if that is correct, I can see why the original offer of $15 million would have been viewed by her as paltry and hence declined.

    Right now she is getting less than $1 million in installments, and in 18 years will receive roughly $4.3 million. That puts her at basically $5 million total for a man who is supposedly worth $600 million.

    Hmmmmm. Maybe with his antics in the last few years have really broken him financially and there is not actually much left to his fortune ???? I wonder.

    Because a couple of years back that one dameous screenwriter (mind drawing a blank now…) had his son record one of Mel’s tiraids. And he was going on and on about how he needed a script to earn money for “the whore”…… Which was Oksana.

    I wonder if his net worth is down the toilet now???

  38. Caroline says:

    Should’ve taken the money hahaha

  39. Evi says:

    Where I live, a single parent would be lucky to get $22,000 in single parent benefits for two years, never mind per month.
    She was stupid to give up $14 million, but she was holding out for more and it all backfired. It serves her right for be too greedy.

  40. magpie says:

    TMZ reports she broke the confidentiality clause by going on Howard Stern and will get nothing now. Wow she’s dumb.

  41. ToodySezHey says:

    How is she broke when she gets 27k a month in child support????

    I dont understand this celebrity math.

  42. Mari says:

    She is NO LONGER receiving the settlement money because she spoke about Mel on Howard Stern, which violates one of the terms of agreements she signed with Mel.

    All girl had to do was keep quiet, I mean, what did she think Howard was going to want to talk about!?!?

  43. ScoobieDooo says:

    Women like this don’t know how to manage money, they just feel entitled to take money from someone else.

    I know a woman like Osana, and she has been married 3 times to well-off men. She spends all their money, driving them into bankruptcies and home foreclosures; then they get smart and divorce her, but its too late at that point. She gets alimony from them for 3 years. She blows all her alimony money, and now she has nothing. She is also too old to be doing the gold digger thing anymore. She also doesn’t have any real skills that would translate into a job where she could support herself.

  44. January says:

    Mel paid for the 42++ lawyers, Oksana paid for none – she just kept running up the bills.
    After the custody was hammered out she began suing her past lawyers and trumping up frivolous causes – those are the legal fees she owes, nothing to do with Mel. She
    likes the highlife, whether or not she can afford it.