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Court denies appeal by Mel Gibson's ex over lawyers

In this Feb. 4, 2010 file photo, Mel Gibson and Oksana Grigorieva arrive at the 'Edge Of Darkness' premiere in Paris. (Jacques Brinon)

June 28, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A California appeals court has rejected a bid by Mel Gibson's ex-girlfriend in their bitter child custody battle.

Oksana Grigorieva asked the court to remove one of Gibson's lawyers. The Russian musician had been trying to disqualify the actor-director's attorneys because she consulted with their firm in 2008 on a custody issue related to her son with actor Timothy Dalton.

Records show the court rejected Grigorieva's request to have the lawyer removed last week without hearing oral arguments.

Gibson and Grigorieva have been fighting over custody of their infant daughter for more than a year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.