Oksana Grigorieva asking court for sole custody of Mel Gibson's daughter Lucia

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Oksana Grigorieva's lawyers were in court Thursday, asking a family law judge at a hearing to take away Mel Gibson's custody of their 8-month-old daughter, Lucia. It doesn't look like the judge was biting, however, keeping the current custody agreement in place, TMZ reports. It's not like Mel has done anything lately to raise an eyebrow, you know.

As expected, Mel's greatest hits tapes were being presented as evidence. Problem is, his lawyers question whether the tapes were doctored to make things sound worse than they really were, TMZ says. We wonder how many times Mel would be allowed to call his baby mama the c-word before it became unacceptable.

Gibson's lawyers say the recordings were tampered with, making the real issue whether they could be submitted as evidence in court. Grigorieva's lawyers were using them as proof that he's a deadbeat dad and girlfriend beater. The L.A. County Sheriff's Department has taken the recordings for review after mermbers of their child abuse unit attended the hearing.

The sheriff's department, meanwhile, said it wants to talk with Mel about the alleged domestic abuse incident. "We would like to speak to Mr. Gibson," sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore told TMZ. He said the department has asked Mel to come in, "but we have not gotten a definitive answer."

Mel's people are submitting their own documentation to the sheriff's department next week, including a one-page declaration from soon-to-be-ex-wife, Robyn. Her statement says that yes, she's divorcing the 54-year-old, but he "was a wonderful and loving father" who was not abusive in their 28 years together. That doesn't really jibe with the recordings we've heard, but hey, she would know.

Neither Gibson's nor Grigorieva's attorneys had any comment for reporters upon leaving the courthouse, but Mel's privileges of seeing Lucia during daytime visits and overnights once a week will remain in place. If anything, we'd like to hear what the barristers have to say about RadarOnline and TMZ having so much dirt on this case when all the documents and recordings are supposed to be sealed.

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[Last modified: Thursday, July 15, 2010 10:18pm]

    

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