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Mel Gibson’s lawyer, Stephen Kolodny, and Judge Scott Gordon were reportedly startled when Oksana Grigorieva dropped her domestic violence claim and had the protective order she obtained against the Academy Award-winning film director lifted in a Los Angeles courtroom.
Grigorieva alleged that the Lethal Weapon star punched her in the face while she was holding their 1 ½-year-old daughter, Lucia, during a January 2010 altercation at his Malibu mansion.
Grigorieva has expressed interest in communicating directly with her ex, but Gibson is unwilling to engage in conversation with the Russian singer. Sources tell TMZ that he strategically uses intermediaries to keep her away from him and rebuff her overtures.
The protective order that had been in place prohibited contact between the former couple, but it didn’t prevent her from trying to engage in dialogue. TMZ says Grigorieva “repeatedly” attempted to talk to Gibson at doctor’s appointments for their daughter.
Gibson pleaded no contest to spousal battery as part of a plea agreement two months ago, according to The New York Daily News. The deal includes three years of probation, a year of domestic violence counseling, and 16 hours of community service.