The California Court of Appeals ruled that Grigorieva is no longer owed the remaining half-million dollars of the $750,000 settlement with Gibson

By Jodi Guglielmi
Updated August 11, 2016 03:50 PM
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Mel Gibson no longer owes ex Oksana Grigorieva $500,000 worth of settlement money after she spoke out about the director’s alleged domestic abuse.

The California Court of Appeals ruled that Grigorieva is no longer owed the remaining half-million dollars of the $750,000 settlement with Gibson, 60, because she broke the terms of agreement when she talked about the case on The Howard Stern Show in 2013, according to court documents obtained by PEOPLE.

The deal, which was part of a 2011 custody agreement over the pair’s daughter, reportedly stated that Grigorieva would forfeit her right to the remaining settlement money if she publicly discussed the allegations.

In her interview with Howard Stern, portions of which were excerpted in the court documents, the host told her: “Anyone who’s been through what you’ve been through with [Gibson], you got to be full of hope, because it’s the only way to be. You got to look ahead.” To which she replied: “You know what? [Y]ou have to embrace your experience and even – it doesn’t matter how painful it might be at the time, and that darker experience, learn from it, hopefully …”

Although the court found that Grigorieva did “not make the explicit statement” that Gibson “committed domestic violence” during her interview with Stern, “her response to Stern’s statement about what she had ‘been through with [Gibson]’ when taken in context with the ‘interview as a whole,’ clearly implie[d] that [Grigorieva] suffered domestic violence at the hands of [Gibson],” according to the court documents.

The documents also state that “the court rejected [Grigorieva’s] complaint that she was not responsible for what Stern said during the interview, reasoning that the Settlement Agreement did ‘not permit her the luxury of fostering, inferring or in any way contributing to the notion that she was the victim of domestic violence’ by [Gibson].”

The settlement amount of $750,000 was supposed to be paid out in three installments, and Gibson had already paid Grigorieva $250,000 at the time she went on The Howard Stern Show. He is now no longer obligated to pay the outstanding balance.

The actor had originally agreed to pay $15 million on the condition that Grigorieva agreed not to release secretly recorded audio tapes of a conversation between the two, the Los Angeles Times reported at the time. But after she released the tapes – in which Gibson can be heard using threatening language – the amount was reduced.

The new ruling means she only got 1/60 of what she could have received from Gibson.

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Gibson was sentenced to three years’ probation, counseling and community service in 2011 after pleading no contest to one misdemeanor count of domestic violence allegedly committed against Grigorieva in 2010.

Grigorieva alleged Gibson punched her in the head and face more than once at the actor’s Malibu home. He admitted to slapping her in order to restrain her from allegedly “shaking [their baby] Lucia back and forth,” Gibson said in a sworn declaration at the time.