The disturbing tapes and Mel Gibson voicemails, in which the star rages against Oksana Grigorieva, prove little other than that he needs serious help.
Is he guilty of domestic abuse? That's the question police are trying to answer, and searching for evidence thereof. Did they just find a critical piece?
Oksana Grigorieva wrote an email to her lawyer detailing the beating Mel Gibson inflicted on her just hours after it happened, Radar Online reports.
The celebrity gossip site, which has become her de facto mouthpiece, says the email's story is consistent with what she told authorities months later.
Gibson has denied ever attacking Grigorieva physically, and has charged that she is extorting him - a claim the police are also investigating seriously.
But by documenting events early January 7, soon after they happened, Oksana has created potentially powerful evidence supporting her abuse claims.
“He hit me in the face with a fist and broke two of my front teeth, as well as choking me with his elbow and squishing my face down," she writes.
Some have speculated that Oksana Grigorieva changed her story as she negotiated a settlement with Gibson, the email seems to suggest otherwise.
“He even hit Lucia,” the eight-month-old's mother wrote.
Officials are investigating Oksana’s claim Mel hit them both as she was holding the baby, bruising her face and leaving a mark on the infant’s chin.
An alleged abuse photo indicates a blow to the head.
“He went completely violent while I was holding our two month old baby crying in my arms,” she wrote to the lawyer. “He yelled so loudly in my face for 15 minutes at least. I was trying to run away outside, begging him to stop.”
She told him he would make their baby sick, but “He yelled even louder and kept spitting in my face. Then he kicked us out yelling and screaming.”
Oksana pleaded for help: “I’m asking for your help. I don’t know what to do right now. The scariest thing is the safety of my children,” she wrote.
“He also threatened to take Lucia away from me, because he can. Because he has money! I’m not sure what to do. He is a father to my Lucy. But I have forgiven so much that he probably thinks I’ll just take it. I’m lost.”
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