How close were the Mel Gibson tapes to never seeing the light of day? TMZ says that Mel Gibson’s ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva signed a $15 million deal to keep the tapes of the actor’s threatening rants quiet before eventually rejecting the settlement. The deal was worked out during child-custody mediation in May and included child support and a house—in return, Grigorieva would promise to keep her tapes secret. She played some of the tapes for Gibson’s lawyers, but not the ones with racial slurs. Both Gibson and Grigorieva signed a “short form agreement,” an outline of the deal, but then Grigovieva refused to sign the long detailed version because she felt coerced.
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