Mel Gibson to pay out $750K to ex-girlfriend — a look at his highs and lows

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Actor Mel Gibson reacts during a hearing in a Los Angeles Superior Court to finalize financial issues in a long-running custody battle with former girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva in Los Angeles. Gibson will pay Grigorieva, the mother of his 22-month-old daughter, $750,000 under a settlement reached concerning the former couple’s financial issues. The settlement also stipulates that Gibson and Grigorieva’s daughter, Lucia, must receive the same financial benefits as Gibson’s other children and a trust must be established for her.

Russian musician Oksana Grigorieva, right, looks at actor Mel Gibson, not seen, in the courtroom in Los Angeles. At left is Grigorieva’s attorney Martin Garbus.

Mel Gibson and ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva pose during a premiere for Gibson’s latest film “Edge of Darkness.” The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department said they are looking into claims that Gibson physically abused his former girlfriend.

This is not the first of Gibson’s public troubles. He spoke with Diane Sawyer on ABC’s “Good Morning America” about his anti-Semitic outburst following a 2006 arrest for drunk driving.

The leading man was arrested for drunk driving after he was caught speeding and had a blood alcohol reading of 0.12 percent, according to authorities. He pleaded no contest and was sentenced to three years’ probabation, according to published reports.

A heavily beared Gibson smiles at a news conference in Veracruz, Mexico, in 2005. Gibson has been dropped by agency WME Entertainment in the wake of the recent allegations of domestic abuse.

Gibson appeared on NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” to promote “The Passion of the Christ,” a film he produced and directed. Gibson won a Best Director Academy Award in 1995 for “Braveheart.”

The actor made a cameo appearance in the film “Fathers’ Day” with Billy Crystal. Actor Robert De Niro, who backed out of Gibson’s film “Edge of Darkness,” told Australian reporters, “I hope he gets through all this. It’s unfortunate, you know?”

Mel Gibson and Robert Downey Jr. in “Air America.” It seems Gibson may need to take a page out of fellow actor Robert Downey Jr.’s playbook. Downey has made a comeback in recent years after being arrested several times for drug-related reasons.

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