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Gibson paid wife to keep separation secret

When Mel Gibson’s wife filed for divorce last month, few expected the relationship bombshell the papers revealed: he and Robyn Gibson had actually gone their separate ways nearly three years ago. The estranged couple explained that they’d “always strived to maintain the privacy and integrity of (their) family,” but according to a family insider, dollars and dishonesty were really behind the secret separation.

In an interview with the National Enquirer, the insider claimed Mel Gibson feared the damage a marital crisis could cause to his career and his image as a man of faith. That’s why the actor allegedly offered his wife a financial incentive to keep the story under wraps.

“So he tried to buy time with Robyn, agreeing to give her $52 million per year — over and above whatever she’d get in a divorce settlement — to remain visibly by his side before she pulled the plug and filed,” the insider revealed. “But Mel finally ran out of time.”

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    Mel Gibson

    From "Mad Max" to "Braveheart" to "The Passion of the Christ," Gibson's rocky road to success and infamy.

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    Jodie Foster directs Mel Gibson in the much-delayed film "The Beaver." Gibson is Walter Black, formerlly a successful toy executive and family man who now suffers from depression. No matter what he tries, Walter can't seem to get himself back on track ... until a beaver hand puppet enters his life.

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    Gibson arrives at Airport Courthouse in Los Angeles on March 11, 2011. Prosecutors charged Gibson with misdemeanor battery after a lengthy investigation into a fight with his then-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva. Gibson pleaded no contest to resolve the case and faced no jail time.

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    At the height of her conflict with Gibson, Grigorieva released audio recordings through the website RadarOnline that captured Gibson raging against her.

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    After nearly 30 years of marriage to wife Robyn, Gibson left her for Grigorieva, who has a son from an earlier relationship with actor Timothy Dalton. Gibson and Grigorieva had a daughter, Lucia, on Oct. 30, 2009, but split up in April of 2010.

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    Gibson, center, speaks on set during the filming of "Apocalypto" in 2006. This historical epic follows the decline of the Mayan civilization 600 years ago, just before Spanish invaders conquered Central America. The story revolves around one native who fights to save his culture from the outsiders.

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    Gibson had his police mug shot taken July 28, 2006, in Los Angeles after he was arrested for drunk driving. He was pulled over for speeding and had a blood alcohol reading of 0.12 percent, according to authorities. More notoriously, Gibson let loose an anti-Semitic tirade, blaming the Jewish people for all "the wars in the world."

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    Gibson pulls on his beard during a news conference held in Veracruz, Mexico, Friday, Oct. 28, 2005. Gibson announced the shooting of "Apocalypto," a film in which the dialogue is spoken in an obscure Mayan dialect.

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    Gibson directs Jim Caviezel as Jesus on the set of Gibson's movie "The Passion of The Christ." The film was based on the last 12 hours in the life of Jesus Christ. The film grossed more than $370 million. Gibson was criticized by some for the film's perceived anti-Semitism.

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    In "We Were Soldiers" (2002), Gibson played Lt. Colonel Hal Moore who, during the Vietnam War, had to lead his men into a small clearing where they were surrounded by 4,000 North Vietnamese soldiers. The ensuing battle was one of the most savage in U.S. history.

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    Gibson accepts his trophies for favorite motion picture star in a drama and favorite motion picture actor during the People's Choice Awards in January, 2001.

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    Gibson tried his hand at romantic comedy in "What Women Want" (2000). Nick (Gibson), a chauvinistic hot-shot advertising exec, has his life turned haywire when a fluke accident enables him to hear what women think.

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    Gibson starred in 1996's "Ransom" as a multimillionaire whose young son (played by Brawley Nolte) is kidnapped for ransom.

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    Mel Gibson holds Oscars for best director and best picture for "Braveheart," at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. Gibson shared the best picture award with producers Alan Ladd and Bruce Davey.

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    Director and star -

    In "Braveheart" (1995), Gibson played William Wallace, a Scottish rebel who leads an uprising against the cruel English ruler Edward the Longshanks (Patrick McGoohan), who wishes to inherit the crown of Scotland for himself.

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    In "The Man Without a Face" (1993), Gibson plays Justin McLeod, a former teacher whose face was disfigured in an automobile accident and fire who lives as a recluse. He is befriended by a young man named Chuck (Nick Stahl), which ignites suspicion and hostility from the townspeople.

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    In "Forever Young" (1992), a 1939 test pilot asks his best friend to use him as a guinea pig for a cryogenics experiment. Daniel McCormick (Gibson) wants to be frozen for a year so that he doesn't have to watch his love lying in a coma. The next thing Daniel knows he's awoken in 1992. The film also features a very young Elijah Wood, right.

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    Gibson and wife Robyn attended the "Hamlet" premiere in Los Angeles on Dec. 18, 1990. Gibson married Robyn Moore in 1980 and they divorced in 2009. They have seven children together.

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    In "Hamlet" (1990), Gibson took on Shakespeare's melancholy Danish prince. Directed by Franco Zeffirelli, the film also starred Glenn Close as Hamlet's mother Gertrude. In real life, Close is only nine years older than Gibson.

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    Gibson and Robert Downey Jr. starred in 1990's "Air America," about two pilots during the Vietnam War who discover their planes are being used to smuggle heroin.

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    "Lethal Weapon" (1987) is the first of a series of movies that were released in 1987, 1989, 1992, and 1998, all starring Gibson and Danny Glover as a mismatched pair of Los Angeles police officers.

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    People's "Sexiest Man Alive" list began in 1985 with Mel Gibson. That year Gibson also starred in the final (at least for now, as there are talks of resurrecting the franchise) "Mad Max" film, "Beyond Thunderdome," opposite Tina Turner.

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    In 1984, Gibson starred as Fletcher Christian in "The Bounty," the story of Captain Bligh (Anthony Hopkins), whose cruelty leads to a mutiny on his ship. According to Wikipedia, Gibson and Hopkins did not get along during the shoot. At the time, Hopkins was a teetotaler, and Gibson was struggling with alcoholism. Gibson took to mixing two shots of Scotch with his beer. He dubbed the concoction "Liquid Violence."

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    "Gallipoli" (1981) tells the story of a group of young Australian men who leave their various backgrounds behind and sign up to join the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZACs) in World War I. They each meet their fates against the Turkish army in the infamous battle.

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    In "Mad Max" (1979), an Australian dystopia of decaying order and violent highways, a police pursuit driver is drawn into a path of vengeance after a motorcycle gang targets him for the death of their former leader.

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    Gibson made his feature-film debut in "Summer City" (1976), a low-budget Australian teen drama that chronicles the exploits of a quartet of boys who leave Sydney and head out for a weekend of surfing and adventure. Unfortunately the fun takes a serious turn when they find themselves involved in a murder.

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Seems no amount of money was worth the humiliation Robyn Gibson was said to feel after photographers caught Mel Gibson frolicking beachside with another woman.

“(Robyn) didn’t want to look like a fool,” the source said. “She told Mel she was filing, and he didn’t fight her.”

John Mayer’s still stuck on Jen The first breakup was tough, but it was the second split from Jennifer Aniston that left John Mayer heartbroken. At least that’s the latest from Mayer’s rebound-girlfriend (or not-at-all-girlfriend, depending on who you ask), Scheana Marie Jancan.

“John was devastated at the break up with Jen,” the cocktail waitress and sometimes actress told Heat magazine. “He really didn’t think Jen would dump him — it was a complete shock to him.”

It’s a shock Mayer still hasn’t recovered from, according to Jancan, who believes the singer-songwriter wants Aniston back by his side.

“(John’s) never really got over it and he still talks about her a lot,” Jancan revealed. “He’s been playing guitar alone at night, pining over her.”

Roseanne tweets her take on ‘American Idol’
Days after blogging her rage at people who follow “American Idol” and just hours after slamming the “twittering f—king idiots” of the world, comedienne Roseanne Barr took to her shiny new Twitter account to share her thoughts on the show.

“I hate Adam Lambert’s bleating,” Barr wrote of her least favorite finalist.

Not content to stop at her Lambert bash, Barr Tweeted a parting shot at the judges’ panel.

“I like Paula (Abdul) better when she had the morphine patch,” Barr wrote, referencing Abdul’s recent revelation that pain medication was behind her famously flighty “Idol” moments. “I want one too!”

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