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Mel Gibson divorce settlement could set record

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Mel Gibson divorce settlement could set record

Wife of 28 years entitled to half of fortune estimated at close to $1 billion
PEOPLE.com
updated 11:35 a.m. ET, Tues., April 14, 2009

Mel Gibson may soon be writing one of the biggest checks of his life — to his wife.

With no indication that the estranged couple — who married 28 years ago — had a prenup, Robyn Gibson, 53, is legally entitled in their divorce to half of everything the actor-director-producer earned from their marriage in 1980 to the date of their legal separation: A fortune estimated at close to $1 billion.

"This could easily be one of the biggest divorce settlements in Hollywood history," says Los Angeles family lawyer Lynn Soodik, who's not involved with the case. "Any attorney would advise her to take half."

A $500 million settlement would dwarf the current record holders of celebrity divorce: Michael Jordan ponied up $168 million following his 2006 divorce with wife Juanita; Neil Diamond forked over $150 million after his 1994 split with Marcia Murphey; while Steven Spielberg shelled out $100 million following his 1989 divorce from Amy Irving.

Among Gibson's estimated assets: More than $600 million grossed by "The Passion of the Christ" alone, $100-plus million in real estate investments worldwide (he bought an island in Fiji for $15 million in 2004), and $75 million for film and TV projects for which Gibson executive produced.

As for film residuals, Gibson, also 53, "would be accountable to pay half for the rest of his days," Soodik says. "If he gets a residual check for "Lethal Weapon" or "Braveheart," half of that check is hers."

But don't expect the ex-couple to enter a painful, protracted battle in the courts.

"This divorce will probably reach a settlement in a matter of months," Soodik says. "It likely won't be messy since there's enough money to go around."

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Comments

1.
TenajComment by Tenaj - April 14, 2009, 4:43 pm
remember that song "it's cheaper to keep her"
2.
justxploringComment by justxploring - April 14, 2009, 7:09 pm
I wonder if he's going to blame the Jews for this battle.

quote from his 2006 arrest

"The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world."
3.
KidzmomComment by Kidzmom - April 15, 2009, 12:50 pm
Now if Steven Spielberg had to pay out 100mil to Amy Irving and 1 child and they were not married as long as Gibson and his wife who have several children together. Heck his payout may be a little more than half....crazier things have happened.

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