Mel Gibson in separation battle

Mel Gibson is facing a gritty separation battle with ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva.

The couple are in court over custody rights of their nine-month-old baby, Lucia.

Just last year, Gibson's ex-wife Robyn Moore filed for divorce after a 30-year marriage.

This was in April 2009, six months before the actor announced that his Russian singer girlfriend was pregnant.

However, the new couple split two months ago following alleged reports that the Passion of Christ director beat Ms Grigorieva, causing her to lose some teeth.

Now, Ms Grigorieva has released an audio tape to celebrity websites that claim 54-year-old Gibson ranted at her and admitted to the domestic violence.

However, Gibson's lawyer had called Ms Grigorieva "deceitful" and has said that she has made "sensationalist allegations" during the custody battle.

The Hollywood scandal could persuade some people who have a child and are not married to consider filing a DIY cohabitation agreement, which would set out their legal affairs and help to avoid a nasty custody battle if the relationship turns sour.

Posted by Christopher Evans

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Published on: July 9, 2010

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