Lawyers for Mel and Oksana worked out a financial deal for Oksana – she would get a total of $15 mil, which included child support, a house and other assets.
All she had to do is to give back the “evidence”, one source say. The “evidence” includes the Mel Gibson tapes, which Oksana’s lawyers played parts of for Mel’s lawyers.
A source tells TMZ: “The tapes loomed large … the word ‘tapes’ was never used in the agreement, but it was central to the deal.”
Mel never paid Oksana under the deal because the short form didn’t spell out the specifics of payment and Oksana refused to sign the longer agreement which contained the details.
But Oksana recorded the conversations without Mel’s knowledge. In California, if a person isn’t told their conversation is being recorded, it is not admissible in court.
There are exceptions – notably, if Oksana reasonably believed the conversation related to the commission of any felony of violence, she could make the recording without Mel’s permission.
However, Mel’s lawyers will use Oksana’s text messages to try and prove it was just a money grab, which would make the recordings inadmissible in both the custody case and any possible criminal case.
Sources connected with Oksana say if she was motivated by money she would not have rejected Mel’s $15 million settlement.
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