Oksana Drops Charges Against Mel Gibson Her lawyer makes surprise move in court today By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted May 4, 2011 4:02 PM CDT 7 comments Comments Mel Gibson and Oksana Grigorieva in January of last year. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles) (Newser) – We apparently listened to all those Mel Gibson tapes for no good reason: Ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva dropped domestic violence charges against Gibson today, reports TMZ, which says both the judge and Gibson's attorney were "visibly shocked" at the move. An order of protection keeping Gibson away from her also has been lifted. TMZ speculates that she's making a peace offering to smooth the way for a custody settlement over their child. No word yet on whether she's still pursuing a civil suit.