Aug. 31 - The latest celebrity and entertainment headlines including Mel Gibson settles custody battle, George Clooney has no political ambitions and Robert Downey, Jr. and wife expecting. Lindsay Claiborn reports.
Mel Gibson will pay his ex-girlfriend $750,000 (USD) to settle a long-running custody dispute and establish a trust to benefit their young daughter. The court approved settlement agreement calls for Gibson to continue paying for a multimillion-dollar home for Oksana Grigorieva and their daughter, Lucia, who turns 2 in late October. When the girl turns 18, the home will be sold and the proceeds will go to her. The settlement calls for the former couple's daughter to receive the same level of financial support as Gibson's seven other children. The judge also says neither Gibson nor Grigorieva can speak or write about their relationship. George Clooney has made it clear that he has no interest in politics, except on the big screen. He was in Venice to launch his latest project "The Ides of March" which explores the dirty side of politics. When talking to reporters he expressed sympathy for President Barack Obama, whose job he said he did not envy. Clooney directs and acts in the behind-the-scenes look at a U.S. Democratic primary race. The film has its world premiere on Wednesday (August 31). Actor Robert Downey Jr. and his wife Susan announced that they are expecting their first child together. The 46 year-old "Iron Man" actor and his second wife met on the set of "Gothika" in 2003, and married in New York in 2005. Downey Jr. has a son from his previous marriage. The baby is due early 2012. T.I. is a free man. The Grammy winning rapper was released from federal prison a month early after being sentenced to 11 months for a probation violation. T.I. already has plans to get back in the spotlight - VH1 has worked out a deal to film T.I.'s journey home from jail and debut the show in December. He has also finalized a book deal. The fictional tale is set to be released in October. Lindsay Claiborn, Reuters.