Not a great business woman...
All she had to do was keep quiet and she could have had a $15 million payday.
Disgusting behavior everyone would agree.
It then transpired that Grigorieva had audio tape recordings of Gibson screaming obscene abuse at her, telling her that she "deserved" the assault and that he'd "bury" her, as well as making racial, homophobic and sexist slurs. Nice guy huh?
General opinion was that Gibson is revolting POS, his career nose-dived and he pleaded no contest to the charge of misdemeanor battery.
Sympathy, naturally still with the victim.
However, it then became apparent that Grigorieva thought she could make herself some big bucks off her famous ex. Gibson obviously didn't want the appalling recordings going public, and offered the mother of his youngest child a staggering $15 million custody settlement—but only if she turned the tapes over to him.
The Russian singer walked away from the deal on the table—sadly, not so that she could stand up for battered women everywhere, to take on her attacker no matter how rich and famous he was. No, she walked away from the deal thinking she could get even more from Gibson if the world could see what a violent asshole he was.
So Oksana tried to call his bluff and promptly leaked the shocking tapes via Radar in July 2010.
Her plan backfired though.
It turns out she couldn't make more money once the tapes were broadcast after all (disgusting as they were), and following a year of bitter negotiations the warring pair struck a deal for $750,000 instead—critically, one of the key elements of the deal was a gag clause. Oksana was not to talk about the violent incident with Gibson in public.
The settlement was to be made in three installments of $250,000 each—first when the deal was struck in 2011, the second in September 2013 and the final payment by September 2016.
However, in 2013, Oksana appeared on the Howard Stern Show and her loose lips got the better of her. Sure enough she had a chat with Howard about the 60 year old actor.
BIG mistake. The judge had explicitly warned Grigorieva not to speak in public about any of the allegations or the settlement would be void. Now the California Court of Appeals has ruled that Gibson will not have to make the remaining two payments—totaling $500,000 as she broke the agreement.
Now I get that what Gibson did was hideous, and I think that any perpetrator of domestic violence deserves to be outed. Nobody in their right mind would never condone Gibson's actions and his money should not make any difference to justice.
However, Oksana Grigorieva already made it clear that justice was up for sale when she tried to use the recordings as a negotiation tactic to get money out of Gibson.
She wasn't all about standing up and speaking out against domestic violence. She was about making as much money off her rich and famous ex as she could.
So I really can't feel sorry for her that she's ended up with 1/60th of the original $15 million offered and just ⅓ of the actual settlement.
Check out the clip below of part of the Stern appearance—she definitely looks uncomfortable...almost like she can feel the dollars slipping through her fingers.