Mel Gibson Seeking Solace From ... Britney Spears?

As cops investigate his ex for extortion, Gibson reportedly turns to Spears.

ByABC News
July 22, 2010, 7:00 AM

July 22, 2010 — -- To get through his latest batch of bad times, Mel Gibson may be seeking comfort from an unlikely source:

Britney Spears.

According to In Touch Weekly, the 28-year-old pop singer has been counseling the 54-year-old Academy Award winner as his custody battle with ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva grows ever more ugly.

"Mel has been talking to her a lot," In Touch quoted a friend of Spears as saying. "They speak on the phone all the time, usually late at night."

Gibson came to Spears' side during her 2008 breakdown, taking her to dinner and reportedly flying her to his estate in Costa Rica. Now she apparently wants to return the favor.

"Mel was one of the only people who reached out to help Britney when she was at her lowest point, and she believes that demonstrates what a loving and wonderful man he is," In Touch quoted the friend saying. "She wants people to give him a second chance -- just like he gave her one when everyone else turned away."

Gibson's publicist declined to comment on the report. A representative for Spears did not immediately respond to's requests for comment.

Meanwhile, things may be looking up for Gibson. The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department announced Wednesday that it's looking into whether Grigorieva may have tried to extort money from the actor in connection with audio recordings of their arguments leaked online and her allegations of domestic abuse.

Detectives obtained the recordings in a closed-door family court session last week. Gibson and Grigorieva are currently battling for custody of their 8-month-old daughter, Lucia.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gibson's attorneys may also use text messages and e-mails to make the case that Grigorieva tried to extort money from the actor. Citing a source familiar with the case, The Hollywood Reporter said that Grigorieva sent a text to Gibson earlier this month explaining why she recorded their conversations: "You broke your agreement with me."