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Mel Gibson Welcomes 8th Child

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LOS ANGELES -- Mel Gibson and his girlfriend are welcomingthe birth of the couple's first child - making the Oscar-winner afather for the eighth time.

Gibson's publicist Alan Nierob said Monday that OksanaGrigorieva gave birth to a baby girl named Lucia on Friday at ahospital in Los Angeles.

No further details were available.

The 53-year-old "Braveheart" star has seven children with hisex-wife, Robyn.

She cited irreconcilable differences in her Aprildivorce petition to end their marriage of 28 years.

Grigorieva is a 39-year-old Russian musician. She and Gibson metwhile filming "Edge of Reason."

Gibson is currently filming "TheBeaver," directed by Jodie Foster.

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