Mel Gibson Makes a Crucial Court Appearance


Despite both Gibson's and Grigorieva's different versions of what happened during this incident, Allred believes that Gibson's recorded telephone rants against Grigorieva may prove detrimental to his case. "There's no good way to view Gibson's recorded comments in a positive way," said Allred.

Oksana Grigorieva and Mel Gibson.

Grigorieva spoke about these recordings on "Larry King Live," saying, "I started taping it around 11 o'clock because I thought, 'I'm actually not going to live through the night. I wanted my mother to be able to prove that if I'm dead that this is who did it."

Grigorieva said last July that Gibson was "trivializing domestic violence." In a video interview with, she said, "It is unfair that by standing up to somebody -- and speaking out -- I am being victimized all over again."

Nevertheless, Allred said, "I would not have advised a client whose circumstances were similar to Ms. Grigorieva's to do an interview with Larry King – or any interviews – because of the timing."

Mel Gibson in Court Over Daughter

Allred said there are too many legal issues pending – a criminal investigation to find out whether she has been the victim of domestic violence and whether Grigorieva should be prosecuted for extortion.

If there's anything resembling an easy answer to this custody case, Allred suggested that it's the "he said, she said" quality of their interplay. "What you say in public can have an effect on the custody outcome," she said. "Ordinarily judges don't like it when one parent makes derogatory comments about the other."

According to, Oksana did the "Larry King Live" interview -- one of her lawyers, Martin Garbus, was also present -- even though Judge Scott Gordon had told her "that if she did media, she might pay when it comes to awarding custody ... this according to Oksana's team."

This may not be the type of custody case with a quick outcome. "Often a family court judge will hear the case and render a decision at a later time," said Allred.

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