The explosive child custody battle between Mel Gibson and Oksana Grigorieva may end soon.
While Mel Gibson and his ex-girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva still share joint custody of their 9-month-old daughter, as their divorce lawyers continue to duke it out in court, sources say that may change very soon. According to E! News, detectives are nearly finished investigating the domestic abuse and child abuse allegations against Gibson, and it's not looking good for the Lethal Weapon star. (Not that it ever really did, once tape after tape of Mel Gibson's abusive rants were released.) Mel Gibson Tapes: Gross, Abusive, Not Surprising
E! reports that police are considering charging Mel with domestic violence, assault with a deadly weapon and child endangerment. Not only could these charges land Gibson in the slammer, but they probably won't help his case in the custody battle either. If you recall, Grigorieva accused Mel of assaulting her, claiming that in the process, he also hit his baby. Using pictures (which were later obtained by the sleuths over at RadarOnline.com) of a small abrasion on the then two-month-old baby Lucia as evidence, Grigorieva pleaded with the court to strip Gibson of his custodial rights.
Now we honestly don't know what to think anymore when it comes to this beyond ugly he said/she said battle, other than it's beyond screwed up! While Gibson never admitted to hitting Grigorieva or his daughter, he didn't deny it either—at least not in any of the audiotapes we heard. His divorce lawyer, however, did deny the allegations and also accused Oksana of extortion—a claim that has put the Russian musician under police investigation as well. Text May Prove Oksana Blackmailed Mel Gibson
Even if he's not guilty of physical abuse, it's clear Mel Gibson needs some serious help. But we're not sure that his ex deserves custody either. If she's so concerned about her daughter's safety, why didn't she contact police immediately after the alleged incident, instead of waiting until her and Gibson were engaged in a bitter custody dispute? And why is Oksana even going public with all this? Come on, does she really think it's best for her daughter?
Seriously, the whole Gibson-Grigorieva saga just leaves us heartbroken. Who cares about Team Mel or Team Oksana, we're on Team Baby Lucia, which means we hope that both of these poor-excuses-for-parents get the help they need. But in the meantime, we're hoping Angelina Jolie decides she wants to add a baby with Russian roots to her brood and takes little Lucia under her care. Angelina To Adopt Again, Without Brad?
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