Mel Gibson’s Ex Loses $500,000 in Settlement Money Over Howard Stern Interview

Appeals court upholds previous ruling that Oksana Grigorieva violated agreement by discussing alleged domestic abuse

Last Updated: August 11, 2016 @ 12:42 PM

Oksana Grigorieva’s interview with Howard Stern has cost her half a million dollars.

Mel Gibson‘s baby mama was denied $500,000 in settlement money by an appeals court on Tuesday, after the court upheld a previous ruling that Grigorieva had violated a confidentiality clause in a settlement agreement between Gibson and Grigorieva.

The settlement, stemming from Grigorieva’s civil claims of battery and defamation against Gibson, called for Gibson to pay $750,000 to his ex, in three installments.

Gibson made the first payment, but balked on further payouts following Grigorieva’s 2013 interview on “The Howard Stern Show.” A court agreed with Gibson that Grigorieva referenced the alleged domestic violence during the interview, thus violating the confidentiality agreement and voiding Gibson’s obligation to pay the remaining installments.

Grigorieva appealed the earlier decision, arguing in part that the interview only referred to “unspecified domestic abuse.”

On Tuesday, an appeals court in California upheld the previous decision, shooting down Grigorieva’s claims.

The court also found that Gibson is entitled to $13,500 in sanctions for unnecessary legal costs, stemming from Grigorieva’s scheduled deposition, which she did not attend, and work performed by Gibson’s attorneys to authenticate a recording of the Stern interview.

“The order discharging [Gibson’s] obligation to pay further amounts under the Settlement Agreement is affirmed,” the court concluded Tuesday. “The order awarding [Gibson] sanctions is also affirmed.”

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.