July 9th, 2010
02:12 PM ET

Behind the Scenes on 'Showbiz Tonight': Mel Gibson's bitter custody battle

Today in the morning meeting, the "Showbiz Tonight" staff was fascinated by a brand new report that says Lindsay Lohan stands to make a million dollars on her tell-all when she gets out of jail!

Our producers were divided on this - while it sounds crazy that someone would fork over a million dollars to Lohan, she does still need to make money and provide for herself. What do you think?

Mel Gibson is in the hot seat big time today because he's involved in a bitter custody battle and domestic violence investigation with his ex-girlfriend, Russian singer Oksana Grigorieva.

The staff couldn’t believe some of the things Gibson's ex claims he said to her! Grigorieva has said she has recordings of Gibson admitting to domestic violence and even making death threats. "Showbiz Tonight" can’t confirm the accuracy of these tapes since we have yet to hear them ourselves, but one staffer wondered out loud if these alleged tapes are being used as leverage by Grigorieva in the custody battle. Tonight we’re rolling up our sleeves and diving into this messy, complicated and emotional battle that could be the biggest PR nightmare of Gibson's life.

Melissa Etheridge could also be headed for a custody dispute of her own. A week after Etheridge filed to end their 9-year partnership with joint-custody of their 3-year-old twins, her partner, Tammy Lynn Michaels, is now seeking full legal custody! Even though gay marriage wasn’t recognized in 2001 when they had their marital ceremony, Michaels filed for dissolution of marriage, saying it added dignity to their relationship.

"Showbiz Tonight" production assistant Anisa Husain said this morning, “If Tammy Lynn is the biological mother and they were never officially married, what right does Melissa have to those kids?” Michaels said she was blindsided by Etheridge’s decision to end their union, but the big question remains: Is this the beginning of a messy fight?

What do you think about any of these stories? Post here and send us your Showbiz iReport videos. We’ll try to work some of your comments into the show…

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  1. luvly1013

    Lindsay Lohan should have been locked up in jail long time ago. She escaped the court system rules long enough. Now she must pay the price for breaking the laws just like anyone else. I feel that she took it all as a joke and thought she was slick enough to out smart the court system. Let her set in jail and put her with the rest of the prisoners also. She should not be treated no different then anyone else while in jail.

    July 14, 2010 at 2:41 am | Report abuse |
  2. luvly1013

    We all need to ask ourselves why was Oksana taping every word that Mel said anyway in the privacy of their home. Was she setting the tapes up as bate to make money. I believe this girl is only after a financial security blanket from Mel Gibson. She could not have been that scared of Mel because if she was Oksana would have left and went to the authorities a long time ago. I wish Mel will recover and continue in his acting career.

    July 14, 2010 at 2:31 am | Report abuse |
  3. luvly1013

    I would never be convince that Mel Gibson is a racist. I am a black lady and believe that Mel just has a uncontrollable anger that spins him into rages that causes him to speak words without thinking. We all have been guilty of saying things when we get angry and then regret it later. I still love Mel Gibson, he is one of my favorite actors and I will continue to be his fan.

    July 14, 2010 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
  4. guinevere

    Whether people "agree" with it or not, it's nobody's fault but ours (the general public, that is) if Lindsay does make that kind of money on her tell-all book. That's what you get for building up these celebrities and eating up every single thing anyone reports or posts or writes or says about them.

    I haven't bought a celebrity tell-all yet, and I'm not going to buy Lindsay's, but everyone who complains about how much money she stands to make needs to step back and consider why things are that way.

    July 12, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Aussiechic

    I think what Oksana has done is a discrace! The arguement was private-and that is how it should stay.
    you can say what you like in your own home-and lets face it we all say nasty things in the heat of a arguement !

    I thought Americians were Christians-theres nothing christian about causing the man so much suffering.
    thats something to think about- from a wise and respected man.!!!

    July 11, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • guinevere

      Yes, people make mistakes. Yes, people tend to occasionally say mean things in the course of an argument. That doesn't mean that my respect level doesn't go down when something like this comes out about a person, which is the exact same thing I would expect from my friends if I said something disrespectful to them during the heat of an argument.

      Most adults understand that thinking before you speak in order to keep your nastiness to a minimum while arguing is the way to go.

      What's good for the goose is good for the gander. I don't want to cause Mel suffering, but I do think that he's been successful in doing that to himself, what with all of his nasty ranting.

      Also, Americans are not all Christians. I'm not sure where you got that, but it's not correct. While it's true that 90% or so of Americans call themselves "religious", Christianity isn't the only religion around. And good ol' Mel calls himself a good Catholic as well. Funny how that works out.

      July 12, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rachel B

    This case with Mel Gibson is absolutely awful. I use to love that guy but those days are clearly over. I've heard his latest rant on his girlfriend... the recording. It is horrific with extremely controlling tones.


    July 11, 2010 at 2:57 am | Report abuse |
  7. gloria almed

    support mel in his fight against jewish slander .................mel told the truth about the jewish control of hollywood and his father asked a reporter to "show me one actual picture of these gas chambers you say you have so much evidence of" mels new movie is released next month go see it

    July 10, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. cluetrain

    Talk about a feeding frenzy, the circus of sensationalism surrounding the Gibson saga is all too predictable. Who cares whether any of it is true? Clearly just another opportunity to trot out his mugshot and snipe at what is left of a battered reputation. Judging by the tendential media coverage so far, Gibson doesn't stand a chance. 😉

    July 9, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Michael

    There is certainly a lot of pent-up hostility in Hollywood that has finally found a pretext for its release. Gibson has literally become a human punching bag for the entire industry yet folks like Roman Polanski get a free pass. Go figure.

    July 9, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. rose

    I highly suspect that the tabloid laden media was too quick to throw Mel Gibson under the bus on this one. None of Oksana's story seems to add up yet Gibson has already suffered wholesale condemnation and character assasination without any proof. Just so tired of all the self-righteous indignation when it comes to Mel Gibson and how he is treated by the press. More importantly, since when is a gossip rag like TMZ a legitimate source of information? The mainstream media is literally referencing Radar Online and TMZ as if these trashy rumor outlets were reputable authorities worthy of our adulation.

    July 9, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |

    Ugh, anyone tiring of seeing Mel's mug plastered around the net? The story also talks about Oksana, Melissa Etheridge and Lindsey Lohan...why not a picture of one of them (okay, not Lindsey). Or maybe another one of our favorite Russian spy, Anna Chapman?

    Here is a great article about the Russian spies:

    New details emerge about how Russian spies like Anna Chapman were outed…apparently daughter poisoned neighbor’s lemonade stand with polonium-210…oopsie!


    July 9, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • ben

      Mel's Racist Rant: The AngryDanceparty Remix can be downloaded(mp3) at
      and is also on Youtube at

      July 10, 2010 at 3:14 am | Report abuse |

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