Saturday, July 13, 2024

Mel Gibson Spent $5 Mil on Girlfriend’s Record; Claims He’s Broke


Mel Gibson‘s latest hateful, screaming taped rant (found at RadarOnline) tells a lot more than before.

In this tirade we learn that Mel is broke, and that he spent $5 million on girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva‘s non existent recording career.

Remember a year ago when we all learned about Oksana? She made a record, and Mel started Icon Records, a division of his Icon Productions, to release it.

On the tape, he’s screaming that Oksana cost him $5 million, and she replies it was for the record company.

Most established artists can’t get $100,000 to make a new album these days. Whoever advised Gibson on this made some kind of crazy call.

At the same time, Gibson pleads poverty, and screams at the top of his lungs that he has no money, that his wife knows everything about his finances, and that he’s had to sell artwork and give up his Lakers season tickets as a result.

How is it possible that Gibson is broke? “The Passion of the Christ” made half a billion dollars. Even “Apocalypto” was a big hit. His Icon Productions remains a huge international player in the film world. Not only that: in 2008, Icon made millions in a sale of its international sales arm and other related assets.

If Gibson is broke, he could break into the $50 million plus he has parked in his A P Reilly Foundation, which supports his private church in Malibu.

But more likely his impoverished state has to do with–as discussed on the tape–supporting seven children and all their interests and even spouses; and giving half his assets to wife Robyn, whom he left so he could be with Oksana.

Mel once starred in a movie called “Payback.” And as we all know, payback is, traditionally, a bitch.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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