Mel Gibson and Oksana Grigorieva, 14-Year Age Difference

Mel Gibson and Oksana Grigorieva

Mel Gib­son has enjoyed a suc­cess­ful career in film, hav­ing starred in and directed sev­eral award-winning titles, like his 1995 film Brave­heart, which earned Acad­emy Awards for best direc­tor and best pic­ture. His ros­ter of film titles spans many gen­res, with roles in dra­mas like Ham­let and The Pas­sion of the Christ and come­dies like What Women Want and Mav­er­ick.

Unfor­tu­nately, Gibson’s per­sonal life hasn’t seen so much suc­cess. In 2006, the actor sep­a­rated from his wife after 26 years together. She filed for divorce three years later after pho­tos sur­faced of him with pianist Oksana Grig­orieva, who was 14 years younger than him. The divorce took two years to be final­ized, but it was worth it for his ex-wife, who ended up with $400 million—one of the high­est divorce set­tle­ments in Hollywood.

Being a sugar baby was noth­ing new for Grig­orieva, who at 27 had a child with 52-year-old actor Tim­o­thy Dal­ton. Gib­son and Grig­orieva went pub­lic with their rela­tion­ship in April 2009, just a month after his wife filed for divorce, and in Octo­ber, Grig­orieva gave birth to their daugh­ter, Lucia. Less than six months later, the cou­ple announced that they were break­ing up but would remain friends and raise their daugh­ter together. The split ended up being much less than amicable.

A cou­ple months after break­ing up, Grig­orieva claimed that Gib­son phys­i­cally assaulted her and filed for a restrain­ing order to keep him away from her and their child. Gib­son fol­lowed suit a few days later by get­ting a restrain­ing order against her. The fol­low­ing month, police launched a domes­tic vio­lence investigation.

Things got even messier when audio record­ings of a phone call between Gib­son and Grig­orieva were leaked on the Inter­net. In the con­ver­sa­tion, Gib­son could be heard telling his ex-girlfriend that she needed a “bat in the side of the head,” that she deserved it when he hit her in the face, and that he would kill her because he was “capa­ble of it.” Gib­son ended up plead­ing no con­test to the charge of mis­de­meanor bat­tery, although he claimed he only did it to end the legal bat­tles for the sake of his fam­ily. He was sen­tenced to three years of pro­ba­tion and 52 weeks of counseling.


Everett, C., “Mel Gib­son threat­ens to kill ex-girlfriend Oksana Grig­orieva dur­ing ter­ri­fy­ing taped con­ver­sa­tion,” New York Daily News web site;, last accessed June 17, 2013.

  • KalianaDi­et­rich

    I won­der how the courts decided that 52 weeks of coun­sel­ing would be suf­fi­cient to address what appears to be seri­ous anger issues? It seems that a more open ended sen­tence with coun­sel­ing ordered until the ther­a­pist deemed it appro­pri­ate to ter­mi­nate ses­sions would have been more appro­pri­ate.
    As an aside, his ex-wife may have received a high set­tle­ment, but if you think about it she received approx­i­mately 15 mil­lion for each year that she devoted to him. If he showed the anger the same anger that has been pub­li­cized with Oksana in his mar­riage, I would say his ex-wife deserved every penny.