Is This Mel Gibson’s Mistress?

Meet Oksana Pochepa, a 24-year-old Russian model and pop singer—and, oh yeah, the woman who claims to be responsible for the recent collapse of Mel Gibson’s marriage.

Pochepa tells British newspaper the Sun that she visited Gibson on the set of a movie last summer in Boston, and the two have kept their relationship secret until now.

“This is serious and I hope that our union will be real and strong and long-lasting,” Pochepa says.

Apparently, her supposed love for the 52-year-old actor/director is a matter of opposites attracting. “We are different people, but Mel is a grown man and knows precisely what he wants and me too—I know what I want,” she offers.

Perhaps what Pochepa really wants is publicity? Could be, but she claims have been photographed frolicking in the surf with the Passion of the Christ maestro earlier this year—which caused tumult in the 28-year union of Gibson and his wife Robyn, who filed for divorce from her husband last Thursday.

Reports earlier this week suggested that Gibson had been seeing Russian classical pianist Oksana Kolesnikova—a claim that the married 31-year-old vehemently denied.

“I have no idea how this mistake has been made. I feel very upset,” Kolesnikova says. “The only explanation is that the names Oksana have been confused. It is a very popular name in Russia.”

Meanwhile,  Gibson—who stands to lose $500 million dollars in the divorce—has further financial troubles looming on the horizon.

TMZ reports that Benedict Fitzgerald, author of Gibson’s hugely successful Passion of the Christ, is seeking more money from Mel.

Fitzgerald, who had previously sued Gibson and others over the matter, says that he accepted a tiny writer’s fee because he was told that the film’s production budget would only be $4-7 million.

During his case against Gibson, it was discovered that the budget was more like $30 million, and Fitzgerald thinks that the number is even higher. Now he’s asking a judge to demand further investigation, in hopes of collecting a fee more commensurate with the real budget.

Yeesh, these kind of problems could really drive a man to drink. And drive. And rant about how he owns Malibu.