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Mel Gibson's break-up turns bitter

Despite efforts to keep details of their split quiet, the break-up of Mel Gibson and his girlfriend has turned into a war of words and lawyers.

The actor-director and Russian singer Oksana Grigorieva split up in April but have since signed a secret agreement and launched a confidential court case.

Gibson's attorney, Stephen Kolodny, issued a statement accusing Grigorieva of violating the terms of a confidential custody agreement he says was reached in May.

Mr Kolodny said the star paid her "tens of thousands of dollars" and was providing her with a lavish house, car and nanny.

The case filed in Los Angeles last week involves the former couple's seven-month-old daughter. The court documents were not made public.

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