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Does Mel Gibson's wife deserve half his fortune? ($500 Million)
The Australian Telegraph ^ | April 16, 2009 12:01am

Posted on 04/15/2009 1:54:44 PM PDT by lewisglad

THREE cheers for feminism. With a desperate lack of anything worthwhile to aim their gunsights at, they turn on self-made billionaire Mel Gibson to support his estranged wife Robyn's demands for half his $US1 billion fortune.

The problem with absurd demands like this, underwritten by feminist approval, is that the girls always want it both ways.

For many years Robyn was prepared to remain at home as a loving wife. Retired as a dental nurse, supported by her husband.

Now, after the marriage has soured, Gibson has to pay for the life she apparently "gave up" to run their home, slave over a stove, and clean and raise their kids so he could make their millions.

I'm confused. Does that mean the traditional homemaking duties are not acts of love but merely bargaining chips in case of an iceberg down the line?

Over 28 years her claim for $500,000,000 works out at $4879 a day. Or $34,153 a week.

To argue that they are living in California, entitling her to half the fortune under California law, is once again more evidence of wanting it both ways.

It penalises Gibson for once having faith in his marriage and believing it would last.

Imagine the outcry if he had insisted on a pre-nup, to be applied retroactively, when they moved to California.

For years Gibson has taken the bullets that are a by-product of his fortune - privacy invasions, critical attacks, slander.

It entitles Gibson to keep the greater share of his wealth, a fortune amassed through his own creative genius.

Only a handful of people in the world have the talent to do what he does.

The argument that without Robyn's support he would never have succeeded is just desperate. The truer argument is that talent finds a way.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.com.au ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: divorce; melgibson
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1 posted on 04/15/2009 1:54:44 PM PDT by lewisglad
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To: PennsylvaniaMom; Extremely Extreme Extremist; Tax-chick; TexasCajun; sarasota; SilvieWaldorfMD

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2 posted on 04/15/2009 1:56:16 PM PDT by lewisglad
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To: lewisglad

No, and he does not server half of hers either


3 posted on 04/15/2009 1:56:50 PM PDT by BornToBeAmerican (We the people, ..... never)
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To: lewisglad

Yes. She was there supporting him in whatever he did...plus she put up with him!


4 posted on 04/15/2009 1:57:45 PM PDT by lonestar (Obama is turning Bush's "mess" into a catastrophe.)
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To: BornToBeAmerican
No, and he does not server half of hers either

I suspect only God knows what you're talking about.

5 posted on 04/15/2009 1:59:11 PM PDT by Nonstatist
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To: lewisglad

I have no problems with her getting half of the money, but a legitimate reason must be had.

I would rather they simply reconcile.


6 posted on 04/15/2009 1:59:33 PM PDT by ConservativeMind (When you're RuPaul posing as the wife of the president, you need all the make-up help you can get.)
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To: lewisglad

What difference does it make? It’s the law.

(For the record, I think she deserves half just as much as he does.)


7 posted on 04/15/2009 2:00:07 PM PDT by Tax-chick (What can I do to advance Right Wing Extremism today?)
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To: lewisglad

What a stupid article. Marriage is a contract where each partner holds a 50% stake. You want out, you gotta buy the other’s 50% stake.

Simple easy peasy.


8 posted on 04/15/2009 2:00:41 PM PDT by Valpal1 (Always be prepared to make that difference.)
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To: lonestar

and now for the other side of the story... GIVE HER HALF

By Holly Byrnes

AS MOST paid-up members of the sisterhood will tell you, any woman who wants to be equal to a man lacks ambition.

So Mel Gibson’s wife Robyn, partner of 28 years and mother to his seven children, wants half the fortune he earned while they were happily married?

Californian law says she’s entitled to that as a minimum and I would argue if rumours of his philandering prove true then hitting him where it hurts - the hip pocket - is the least she can do.

This woman is no gold digger who has calculated her future earnings based on how many hours are left in his oxygen tank, Anna Nicole Smith-style.

This is the woman who took a chance on him when he was a struggling actor.

A recent biography revealed Mel earned the sum total of $6000 for his first film role in Attack Force Z.

Back then, Robyn Moore was Gibson’s girlfriend, an Adelaide dental nurse but, more significantly, his meal ticket.

Their 1980 wedding at a Forestville church was an intimate affair, with one newspaper at the time suggesting this was done deliberately so Mel could limit details of his private life and preserve the myth of him as an eligible sex symbol.

When he finally made it big, Robyn remained in his shadow as her husband took his comfortable - and ultimately profitable - place in the spotlight.

With the danger money Robyn has earned over the years wrangling the ego of the 1985 Sexiest Man Alive, not to mention living with an alcoholic, she deserves her half share - and a bloody medal.

To question whether she is entitled to those earnings because she didn’t star in the movies that made the millions is to deny her and every other supportive spouse without a “real” job their dues.

It’s the same reprehensible argument Greg Norman offered the mother of his two children and wife of 25 years Laura when he claimed she had a limited claim to his $300 million golfing fortune because “the wife didn’t teach him how to win”.

Oh, to have a golf club and five minutes with that Great White Choker.

The Greg Normans and knuckle-grazers of this world who believe this little woman should be grateful for the years Mel invested in her and go quietly, a token million or so in hand, should all crawl back under the rock they came from.

Lucky for Robyn, Mel is a good Catholic boy who can be trusted to show the woman he called the “saint” in his life a little more respect.

And the money.


9 posted on 04/15/2009 2:00:48 PM PDT by lewisglad
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To: lewisglad

Yes. If he had faith that his marriage would last, so did she. But pictures of him making out with another woman at one of their homes kind of negates her faith in him. She was there in the beginning, she had faith in his career, stood beside him through his alcoholic phase, bore him 6 children and played both mom and dad while he was away on set making movies. She’s been there for him for 28 years though it all. He’s the one that screwed this up, not her.


10 posted on 04/15/2009 2:00:56 PM PDT by ktscarlett66 (Face it girls....I'm older and I have more insurance....)
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To: lewisglad

Depends on what she does with the money. If they get along after the divorce she might want to invest in some of Mels projects. I expect that is what he will do with his money. You don’t need 400 million to live on the rest of his actuarial life so if he has some projects in mind I bet he’ll pursue them. It’s hard enough to get a divorce without it being all over the Tabloids so I wish them both luck. 28 years is a long time to live with someone you find you don’t love.


11 posted on 04/15/2009 2:01:34 PM PDT by dblshot
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To: Nonstatist

ROTFLMAO.


12 posted on 04/15/2009 2:01:45 PM PDT by verity ("Lord, what fools we mortals be!")
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To: lewisglad
This kind of reporting is such bullshit. He didn't inherit the money, he made it during a lawful marriage. The two shall become one - in sickness and in health, for richer, for poorer.... of course the "until death" part seems to be a sticking point for many.

I hope Mel and his wife are just going to divide the property and go on their way and not drag this out and use it as a way to humiliate and harass each other.

13 posted on 04/15/2009 2:03:09 PM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (He bows to the Saudi King - we don't have Camelot, we have Camel Lot)
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To: lewisglad

For 28 years? She was with him before he was famous?

Yes, she deserves half. She didn’t cheat, he did.


14 posted on 04/15/2009 2:03:21 PM PDT by autumnraine (Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose- Kris Kristoferrson)
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To: ktscarlett66

If the failure of the marriage is indeed primarily his fault, he should count himself lucky to get away with losing only half of the money.


15 posted on 04/15/2009 2:03:40 PM PDT by steve-b (Intelligent design is to evolutionary biology what socialism is to free-market economics.)
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To: lewisglad
The argument that without Robyn's support he would never have succeeded...

The beauty of this argument is that it can never be proven. You might as well just say that Mr. Gibson would be worth $2 billion today "were it not for his wife." How could you ever know?

16 posted on 04/15/2009 2:03:46 PM PDT by AreaMan
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To: ConservativeMind

He cheated on her, in public. Canoodling on the beach in Costa Rica, at THEIR HOME they have there.

Pretty legitimate reason if you ask me.

Risk my life with AIDS from some skanky broad less than half his age? Uh yeah, I’d deserve half too.


17 posted on 04/15/2009 2:04:17 PM PDT by autumnraine (Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose- Kris Kristoferrson)
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To: autumnraine
US Weekly is saying Mel's got a new girlfriend.


18 posted on 04/15/2009 2:05:20 PM PDT by lewisglad
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To: lewisglad

Absolutely she does. I am a huge fan of Mel Gibson, but he is a flawed man (like all of us) and has allowed his flaws to damage his marriage time after time.

I’m sure this wasn’t an easy decision for her, but she has been a devoted wife who has stood by him through his ups and downs and has raised his children and kept his home for 28 years.

She deserves more than half, she deserves a husband who kept his vows and cherished her and loved her until natural death took one of them. Since she has to settle for less than that, one half of the monetary wealth of their household will have to suffice.


19 posted on 04/15/2009 2:05:48 PM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: All
Legitimate reason?

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20 posted on 04/15/2009 2:05:55 PM PDT by autumnraine (Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose- Kris Kristoferrson)
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To: lewisglad

While I have been married for over 30 years and have never been divorced, the unanimous sentiment among those who have gone through divorce proceedings is that the system is totally unfair to men and that divorce lawyers are the scum of the earth.


21 posted on 04/15/2009 2:06:38 PM PDT by detective
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To: dblshot

Why does it depend on what she does with the money? The law says half of what is in the bank is his, half is hers - no statement of intent to spend is needed.


22 posted on 04/15/2009 2:07:04 PM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (He bows to the Saudi King - we don't have Camelot, we have Camel Lot)
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To: Nonstatist

Yep, the word should have “deserve” how SERVER came out, only God knows.

I can screw-up with the best of them


23 posted on 04/15/2009 2:07:57 PM PDT by BornToBeAmerican (We the people, ..... never)
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To: lewisglad

I wonder what the author thinks she is entitled to? She was with him for 28 years and had seven children by him.

Do they want her going back to work just to support herself and their child who is still a minor?

I left a fairly good paying job in the early 90’s to be a stay at home mom. The whole family benefited because of that. Years later when I tried to re-enter the workforce, I had difficulty finding jobs that paid much more than minimum wage. I am still happily in my long term marriage, and wouldn’t trade my sweet husband for anything (not even Mel Gibson). But if I had to start over, I would be in deep trouble financially!

Is that what the author wants for Mel Gibson’s wife? To see her struggling and not able to make ends meet?


24 posted on 04/15/2009 2:09:45 PM PDT by passionfruit (When illegals become legal, even they won't do work Americans won't do)
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To: detective
the system is totally unfair to men

And you think that Mr. Gibson's (soon to be ex) wife should get, what, nothing? Mr. Gibson was the one who broke the vows. Mr. Gibson was the one who desecrated the holy union. Mr. Gibson was the one who humiliated Mrs. Gibson.

They live in a community property state and she's entitled to half since she was his partner throughout his endeavors. How is that unfair?

25 posted on 04/15/2009 2:11:09 PM PDT by LouAvul
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To: passionfruit

I think the debate is about getting a full 500 million dollars. I doubt she will have to worry about where her next meal is coming from.


26 posted on 04/15/2009 2:12:26 PM PDT by Mashood
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To: lewisglad
This is going to be one of those questions where most of the women come down on one side and most of the men come down on the other. Normally, men get the shaft in divorce, period. Any woman who isn't able to rape her husband in divorce court in the US either is way too nice, or has a bad lawyer.

That said, I'd like to see no-fault divorce done away with. If the wife cheats, they divorce and she gets nothing (or he gets half her stuff if she makes more). If the husband cheats, she gets at least half his stuff and the house.
27 posted on 04/15/2009 2:13:19 PM PDT by fr_freak
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To: steve-b

I agree. And I know a Steve B. IRL!


28 posted on 04/15/2009 2:16:01 PM PDT by ktscarlett66 (Face it girls....I'm older and I have more insurance....)
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To: lewisglad
Imagine the outcry if he had insisted on a pre-nup, to be applied retroactively, when they moved to California.

If he had then he wouldn't be having this problem.

Fair or not, California is a community property state so she's entitled to half. Now if the divorce is his idea, well, freedom isn't free.

29 posted on 04/15/2009 2:17:03 PM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: lewisglad

California is a community property state— everything earned during the marriage is split 50-50, no questions asked. Fault doesn’t come into it.


30 posted on 04/15/2009 2:17:58 PM PDT by Lurking Libertarian (Non sub homine, sed sub Deo et lege)
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To: lewisglad

Depends on the reason for the divorce I suppose.. If It is through no serious fault of Mel’s and he is amenable to reconcile but she wants to walk away then she should *maybe* be entitled to whatever she would be makeing per year had she not become a home maker.


31 posted on 04/15/2009 2:18:05 PM PDT by N3WBI3 (Ah, arrogance and stupidity all in the same package. How efficient of you. -- Londo Mollari)
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To: autumnraine

Yup, imo. And my *husband* - whose views on the legal system’s treatment of men and divorce is rather jaded - says she should get half!


32 posted on 04/15/2009 2:18:07 PM PDT by ktscarlett66 (Face it girls....I'm older and I have more insurance....)
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To: autumnraine

What a foolish man. Didn’t it occur to him that some paparazzi might be around?


33 posted on 04/15/2009 2:20:06 PM PDT by Nea Wood (Silly liberal . . . paychecks are for workers!)
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If It is through no serious fault of Mel’s

Cheating on your wife is a serious fault.

34 posted on 04/15/2009 2:20:39 PM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: lewisglad

I love Mel, but I think his wife has had to put up with major BS from him over the years. I would love to see them stay together because they lasted this long, but if she’s had enough and there’s no help for it, yes, she should get recompense big time.


35 posted on 04/15/2009 2:22:38 PM PDT by mancini
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To: Valpal1

Either you are not married or are just plain snarky today. On your basis, a battered spouse must continue to endure until death because they can’t afford to buy their way out. Marriage is indeed a contract. And I do believe that Mel broke that contract on multiple occassions. Perhaps the money is to cover his breach


36 posted on 04/15/2009 2:22:58 PM PDT by the long march
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To: LouAvul
“They live in a community property state and she's entitled to half since she was his partner throughout his endeavors. How is that unfair?”

There is no way she is entitled to 10% of his money much less half. I don't know the private details of what caused the marriage to break up and neither do you. As his wife of many years she should receive enough to live comfortably but there is no way she should receive hundreds of millions. I don't care what slimy divorce lawyers say.
Men who work hard all their lives and are successful always have someone trying to take their money.

37 posted on 04/15/2009 2:23:31 PM PDT by detective
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius

I see that now, sorry I was unaware as I dont follow this kind of stuff. But from the looks of it she is entitled to every penny..


38 posted on 04/15/2009 2:24:42 PM PDT by N3WBI3 (Ah, arrogance and stupidity all in the same package. How efficient of you. -- Londo Mollari)
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To: detective
There is no way she is entitled to 10% of his money much less half. I don't know the private details of what caused the marriage to break up and neither do you. As his wife of many years she should receive enough to live comfortably but there is no way she should receive hundreds of millions.

If it was a 5 year marriage I'd agree with you .... 30 something years ... yeah .. HALF.

39 posted on 04/15/2009 2:24:55 PM PDT by Centurion2000 (01-20-2009 : The end of the PAX AMERICANA.)
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To: Nea Wood

What a foolish man indeed. He had steak at home but ordered a skanky little hamburger instead. Does he really think this woman (who is probably close to the age of his older kids) will stick around and really loves him for who is is rather than what he is?


40 posted on 04/15/2009 2:25:03 PM PDT by ktscarlett66 (Face it girls....I'm older and I have more insurance....)
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To: Nonstatist

LOL!!!

Good one...


41 posted on 04/15/2009 2:25:26 PM PDT by Double Tap
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To: fr_freak

Yeah? Not in California. He who can afford the mortgage gets the house for stay at home moms it is the pits


42 posted on 04/15/2009 2:26:12 PM PDT by the long march
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To: Valpal1

you think they each did an equal amount of work to earn the money she now wants?


43 posted on 04/15/2009 2:26:43 PM PDT by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: detective

It’s true.

Take my word for it, and stay married so you don’t have to find out the hard way.


44 posted on 04/15/2009 2:27:41 PM PDT by EEDUDE
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To: lewisglad

If my wife wanted a divorce, I’d give her half of everything as long as she didn’t do anything like cheat on me.

I’d feel glad she only wanted half if I did something stupid like Mel Gibson.

I don’t get the hangup with money, especially when you are already worth a billion dollars. This woman bore his children, supported him when he was down, and then had to deal with some major insanity and infidelity.

If I were Mel, my conscience would make me give her most of it. It’s only money folks.


45 posted on 04/15/2009 2:28:49 PM PDT by rom (Obama '12 slogan: Let's keep on hopin'!)
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To: lonestar

How about a 100K per kid she popped out, plus 50K a year working as a housewife? Those are close to fair market rates for those skills.


46 posted on 04/15/2009 2:29:11 PM PDT by tbw2 (Freeper sci-fi - "Humanity's Edge" - on amazon.com)
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To: thefactor
you think they each did an equal amount of work to earn the money she now wants?

Nope, she remained faithful and he didn't. There was not an equal amount of work done.

47 posted on 04/15/2009 2:29:17 PM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: lewisglad

Half.


48 posted on 04/15/2009 2:29:53 PM PDT by marron
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To: detective
I don't know the private details of what caused the marriage to break up and neither do you.

Ummm....scroll on up to reply 20 and meet the private detail that caused the marriage to break up.

49 posted on 04/15/2009 2:35:52 PM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: the long march
Yeah? Not in California. He who can afford the mortgage gets the house for stay at home moms it is the pits

So which was it - too nice or bad lawyer?
50 posted on 04/15/2009 2:38:06 PM PDT by fr_freak
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