Mel Gibson's Divorce: Priciest in Hollywood History

The split could slash his estimated $900 million fortune in half.

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Mel Gibson will need a brave heart to deal with what could be the most expensive divorce in Hollywood history. After 28 years of marriage, Robyn Moore filed for divorce from the Oscar-winning actor, citing "irreconcilable differences." With no prenuptial agreement, Moore could receive up to half of Gibson's estimated $900 million fortune.

The 53-year-old Australian filed a response to the divorce petition, writing that the couple separated in August 2006, less than a month after his infamous DUI arrest and subsequent anti-Jewish tirade at the officer who arrested him. Pictures surfaced of Gibson partying with younger women earlier that night. More recently, Gibson has been linked to a Russian musician named Oksana, who is signed to his record label Icon.

Moore is seeking joint custody of their youngest child, Thomas, age 10. The couple, married in June 1980, have six other children, ages 19 to 28. Moore also wants Gibson to pay spousal support and her attorney fees.

Under California law, assets and finances are split evenly in divorce cases if there is no prenup. Gibson's assets reportedly include a $9 million island in Fiji and a $26 million, 400-acre ranch in Costa Rica.

Other expensive celebrity divorces:

  • The split between Paul McCartney and Heather Mills that set off a tabloid frenzy in 2008. McCartney ponied up $47 million.
  • Madonna's divorce from Guy Ritchie, which cost between $76 million and $92 million.
  • Amy Irving and Steven Spielberg's divorce in 1989; she walked away with $100 million.
  • Juanita Jordan's split from Michael Jordan in 2007. She was awarded a whopping $168 million.
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