Mel Gibson's Lawyer Lashes Out: Oksana Is "Deceitful"

Celebrity News Jun. 28, 2010 AT 9:05AM
Mel Gibson's Lawyer Lashes Out: Oksana Is "Deceitful" Credit: Michael Kovac/FilmMagic

Mel Gibson's lawyer is slamming his ex Oksana Grigorieva, claiming she is spreading lies about the actor because she is unhappy with a custody agreement she signed over their 7-month-old daughter Lucia.

Gibson, 54, and the Russian musician-singer, 40 -- who split in April after one year together -- are in a heated battle.

In an emergency restraining order filed against him last Monday, she alleges that he struck her twice in the face and knocked out two of her teeth at his Malibu home. The next day, the actor, who is temporarily forbidden from contacting Grigorieva, filed his own restraining order against her, prohibiting her from speaking about certain parts of the case. Though he was initially not allowed to see their daughter, his lawyer went to court last week and got the judge to modify that order.

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"Oksana's deceitful conduct in trying to terminate Mel's access to his daughter continues," Gibson's lawyer, Stephen Kolodny, tells TMZ.com in a new interview.

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"Having entered into an agreement that allows for overnight, unrestricted visitation, and would soon result in Mel having 50/50 custody of their daughter -- an agreement reached after a two-day mediation with two retired Superior Court judges, Mel was hopeful that their break-up was behind them and Lucia would be the beneficiary of cooperative parenting," he went on. "Apparently, Lucia will be denied that good fortune.

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"Making sensational allegations is not the way to resolve this," he went on, stressing that Gibson wants a custody settlement or a resolution in court, not the media, according to TMZ.

A hearing on whether to extend the restraining orders is set for July 20.

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