Mel Gibson - Oksana Grigorieva Wants Mel Gibson's Lawyers Disqualified
Attorneys for Mel Gibson's ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva have asked appeals court officials to dismiss the legal team representing the actor in their ongoing custody battle.
The Braveheart star split from Grigorieva, the mother of his daughter Lucia, early last year (10) and the ex-couple has been locked in a bitter dispute over the child ever since.
But the Russian singer has taken issue with Gibson's choice of legal firm, Kolodny and Anteau, because she had previously consulted partner Ronald Anteau over a separate custody case with former James Bond star Timothy Dalton, regarding their teenage son Alexander.
Anteau is not directly involved in Gibson's court battle, but Grigorieva claims her discussions with him in 2008 could be used as part of her custody fight with the actor, reports the Associated Press.
In her court papers, Grigorieva states, "The matters discussed with Mr. Anteau concerned the same subject matter that has been inquired into in the present case by (Gibson's attorney) Stephen Kolodny, both in open court and at deposition."
Grigorieva recently asked Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon to address the potential conflict of interest, but the objection was dismissed last month (May11), with the judge ruling she had waited too long to raise the issue.
However, the singer claims she only recently made the connection, and is now asking officials at the California 2nd District Court of Appeal to step in and deliver a new ruling before the custody battle resumes in court later this month (Jun11).