Robyn Gibson Defends Mel in Court

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Mel Gibson may have some serious issues, but his soon-to-be ex-wife Robyn says he is a terrific father to their seven children and was never abusive.

In a written, sworn declaration to the courts defending him from allegations of domestic violence by new girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, Robyn states:

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"Mel never engaged in any physical abuse of any kind toward me before, during or after our marriage ... Mel was a wonderful and loving father."

During their 28 years of marriage (she filed for divorce last year, around the time Mel began seeing Oksana), Robyn says he was never violent.

A stark contrast from the raving madman heard on the Mel Gibson tapes recorded by Oksana Grigorieva this week - tapes police are looking into.

Mel and Robyn Gibson married nearly three decades ago.

Detectives are currently investigating whether Mel abused Oksana, with whom he is in an ugly custody dispute over their baby daughter, Lucia.

They are examining the authenticity of the recordings, according to officials, following claims by Gibson's attorneys of editing and tampering.

In the most recent Mel Gibson rant to leak online (there are five in all), Grigorieva calls the actor, who is ranging mad, the worst father ever.

His wife apparently would take issue with that.

It's unclear if Mel will face criminal charges for the abuse Oksana alleges, but the well-respected Robyn could ultimately be a strong ally of his.

More details to come as the story develops ...

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