Mel's Wife Sticks Up for Him in Court
'Mel was a wonderful and loving father'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 16, 2010 8:23 AM CDT
Actor Mel Gibson (R) and wife Robin (L) drink in a coffee shop after shopping on June 10, 2002 in Malibu, California.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – He left her for Oksana Grigorieva, but now Mel Gibson’s soon-to-be-ex-wife is defending him against Grigorieva. “Mel never engaged in any physical abuse of any kind toward me before, during, or after our marriage,” Robyn Gibson told the judge overseeing the Gibson-Grigorieva custody battle yesterday. Grigorieva reportedly wants to strip all of Gibson’s custody rights to their daughter, but sources tell TMZ the judge allowed Gibson to keep his visitation rights.

“Robyn's tried to stay out of this, but she wanted to make sure there was no speculation of what happened within her family,” a source tells People. Meanwhile, TMZ adds, sources claim to have “hard proof” that Grigorieva demanded more than $10 million from Gibson in return for keeping those nasty tapes secret. For a breakdown of the latest tape, click here, or for expert analysis on whether the tapes were edited, click here.