Mel Gibson‘s ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva maliciously defrauded her former attorneys out of $13,781, according to new legal documents, and now the attorneys are asking Grigorieva’s bankruptcy judge to make sure she remains stuck with the debt.
Keith A. Fink & Associates filed the documents in Grigorieva’s ongoing bankruptcy case, asking the judge to exempt the debt from discharge on grounds Grigorieva racked up the bill by lying to them.
KAF&A claims Grigorieva, who mothered Gibson’s baby daughter Lucia, struck a retainer agreement with the firm in 2012. Under the agreement, Fink & Co. says Grigorieva promised to pay the lawyers $450-$650/hour for their work.
KAF&A claims it did its job and dutifully sent Grigorieva invoices for months after their deal. Grigorieva repeatedly promised to pay them, LAF&A alleges, but ultimately never coughed up a dime.
KAF&A is now convinced Grigorieva never had any intention to pay her legal bills, despite promising over and over to do so. KAF&A claims Grigorieva’s empty promises were made “with malice, fraud and/or oppression, and reckless disregard of KAF&A’s rights.”
As a result, the firm believes its entitled to keep its claim against Grigorieva, despite her bankruptcy, until she’s finally able to pay it. KAF&A wants a judge to declare the debt “non-dischargeable.” Alternatively, the judge in Grigorieva’s bankruptcy case could decide to wipe the debt clean, in which case KAF&A would be out of luck.
Grigorieva filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy in California in February.