Oksana Hits Court for Mel Custody Showdown!

    UPDATE 4:55 p.m.: The hearing ended with both sides remaining mum. "I'm sorry no comment," Grigorieva said as she walked to the elevator.

    The daylong hearing was tense at times with discussions inside the closed courtroom so loud that reporters could hear the arguing out in the hall. Judge Scott Gordon looked at times frustrated with the attorneys.

    During one break, Grigorieva seemed nervous, biting her nails as she listened to her lawyer. But each time she walked past reporters she made a point of smiling.

    UPDATE 2:26 p.m.: Grigorieva and her attorneys along with Gibson's attorneys are back in the closed-door hearing.

    UPDATE 11:46 a.m.: Before recessing for lunch, court officials and sheriff's deputies grilled a reporter who had snapped an unauthorized photo of Grigorieva in the hall outside the courtroom and posted it online. It was a no-no, and the shutterbug was escorted out, though a decision won't come later as to whether a civil contempt citation will be issued. Radar has pulled down the offending pic.


    It may not be judgment day for Oksana Grigorieva, but it is testimony day.

    Mel Gibson's personal and legal adversary is appearing in a Los Angeles courtroom this morning for a hearing in her ongoing custody case against the telephonically challenged, steering-averse actor.

    The powers that be did their best to keep her appearance as low-key as possible (good luck with that), as three sheriff's deputies escorted her into the building via an underground garage.

    While several hearings in the ongoing battle have already taken place, this is the first time either Oksana has attended. For his part, Mel was neither present nor expected to show at the courthouse today.

    Today's hearing, which should last several hours, was also closed off to media—but not before photographers were able to clock their court-appropriate knee length black skirt, three-quarter length white oxford shirt and black heels—though a summary detailing the proceeding was posted outside the courtroom during the session.

    Among other custody and visitation issues being discussed today is the motion to seize the passport of the acrimonious duo's 9-month-old daughter, Lucia, which would prevent either parent from taking the child out of the country. After resuming the hearing this afternoon, the parties also discussed attorneys' fees. There was still no confirmation on reports that Oksana plans to subpoena Mel's ex-wife Robyn Gibson.

    Oksana made a brief appearance in the hall outside the courtroom during a short morning recess. She was laughing and smiling while talking to her attorney.

    Which, more than likely, means somewhere, Mel isn't.

    —Additional reporting by Claudia Rosenbaum

    (Originally published Aug. 18, 2010, at 11:15 a.m. PT)

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