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LAWYER: Mel's Mistress Could Be Dragged Into Divorce Court

Apr. 17 2009, Published 8:13 a.m. ET

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Mel Gibson's $900 million divorce may have a star witness in court -- his mistress! broke the news that Oksana Grigorieva, former girlfriend of James Bond star Timothy Dalton, is Mel's mistress and the woman pictured embracing him in Costa Rica earlier this year. Grigorieva and Dalton have a child together.

Click here to see photos of Mel and Oksana getting very friendly in Costa Rica.

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"Mel's mistress could be hauled into court for some very uncomfortable testimony," lawyer Royal Oakes told "If subpoenaed in the divorce, she would have to testify about what Gibson has given her.

"Such information could be very relevant to key questions in the divorce, such as when Gibson separated from his wife, and as to community property funds earned before that separation, what happened to the money."

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Mel's wife Robyn did not list a date of separation when she filed the divorce papers. But Mel, in his response, said the couple split three years ago! The earlier the split, the less money Mel potentially has to pay to Robyn, because anything earned after the split would not be considered community property.

Oakes, who is not representing any of the parties in the divorce and does not have knowledge of Mel's relationship with Oksana, says that if Robyn can prove Mel spent money on his mistress before the married couple split, Robyn would be entitled to a share of that amount.

"Mrs. Gibson may be able to figuratively take the jewelry off the mistress' neck," Oakes told



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