Mel Gibson has been in court in Los Angeles for a custody hearing involving his young daughter.
The Hollywood star arrived for a closed hearing about 10 minutes before his ex-girlfriend, Russian musician Oksana Grigorieva.
The former couple have been sparring for months over custody and financial issues after reaching a private agreement. The case is by law sealed and its hearings are closed to the public.
It is the first time the Oscar-winner has personally appeared in court on the case.
Authorities continue to investigate the actor-director's claims that his ex-girlfriend attempted to extort him earlier this year.
The musician has claimed the star abused her in January, and prosecutors have been presented with potential evidence but no charges have been filed.