11 – Oksana Grigorieva (Mel Gibson)
Oksana Grigorieva is a singer, songwriter, and musician that hails from Russia, but if you recognize her name it won’t be because of her career: it’ll be because she was dating Mel Gibson.
Gibson wasn’t the first star that Ms. Oksana tried to wrangle: her first target was Timothy Dalton, but after popping out a kid she figured there was bigger fish to fry and more money to be made. Grigorieva and Gibson only dated for one year before they were splitting up, and of course that was long enough for her to start trying to get her hands on Mel’s cash.
Gibson did the amiable thing and offered Oksana fifteen million dollars to walk away: after all they had a kid together and Gibson might be many things (an anti-Semite being among them), but he refused to be a father that wouldn’t provide for his kid; she decided that his offer wasn’t significant enough and decided to take it to court instead. When the judge looked over Grigorieva’s case it was quickly decided: she was to receive $750,000 and a house she could reside in until the kid turned eighteen; sometimes it’s better to take what you’re offered rather than pressing your luck!