Mel Retains Joint Custody of His Baby Daughter And Oksana Loses For Now … But Child Services Is Investigating!

Fri, July 16, 2010 9:57am EST by 1 Comment
Clockwise from main: INFphoto.com, Splashnews.com, AP

Clockwise from main: INFphoto.com, Splashnews.com, AP

We told you first that The Department of Children and Family Services would be launching an investigation into the child abuse claims against Mel Gibson — and it’s happening next week! Mel retained joint custody after a hearing in family court in LA yesterday, July 15,  but he might not retain it  for very much longer.

Mel Gibson managed to escape losing joint custody of his eight-month-old daughter Lucia, July 15, when his attorney Stephen Kolodny, appeared in an LA court to battle it out with his ex-lover Oksana Grigorieva. Oksana alleges that Mel attacked her on Jan 6, leaving her with two knocked out front teeth and a bruise on Lucia, who was only 2-months-old at the time. But for now, Mel still has visitation with Lucia, which includes daytime visits and one overnight visit a week.

HollywoodLife.com first broke the news, July 1, that the Los Angeles County of Department of Child and Family Services was “absolutely” going to investigate the claims of child abuse in the Gibson household and now DCFS plans to interview Mel next week. Among those to be interviewed will be Oksana’s twelve-year-old son Alexander who’s father is  James Bond star Timothy Dalton. Alexander reportedly witnessed all of the abuse between his mother and Mel, and a source also reveals he even witnessed Mel pull a gun on her and wave it in her face.

A lawyer from DCFS was present at the custody hearing yesterday, but he was never called into the courtroom.

-Chloe Melas

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Morphy

Posted at 12:40 PM on July 16, 2010  

The court will always try to act conservatively where there are allegations of abuse. The fact that the court continued to allow Gibson physical custody would seemingly indicate that the judge is not buying Oksana’s claims & that he is not going to allow the tapes in the custody matter, because he thinks they were illegally made, altered, or because they were released against his court order sealing them.
If the court believed a quarter of Oksana’s assertions he would not have allowed continued Gibson access to the child. period.

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