Mel Gibson Admits Slapping, Not Hitting Oksana Grigorieva; Claims He Had to Protect Daughter

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Mel Gibson apparently admitted "slapping" Oksana Grigorieva in a sworn court declaration, but his account of their blowout fight is very different than hers.

According to the declaration obtained by TMZ, Mel admits slapping - not hitting - Oksana after she became so hysterical that she was endangering their baby.

In the January 6 fight that sparked a domestic violence investigation, Oksana claims Mel punched her in the temple and the mouth, knocking out two teeth.

But Mel tells a very different story.

Not Okay Oksana

Mel says he and Oksana were arguing at his home when Oksana grabbed Lucia out her of bassinet, brought her right in the middle of the argument, screaming, "Stop yelling or you will make her into a retarded brain damaged idiot!"

Oksana then "spun around," according to Mel, and ran out into the backyard, which the actor says is dangerous at night, set on different levels and dimly lit. Oksana ran across the various levels for about 75 yards, near thorny trees.

Mel says he implored Oksana to bring Lucia back inside, which she did, but "while jerking her body from side to side to keep Lucia out of my reach."

Oksana was "hysterical" and her "rapid movements were causing Lucia's little body to be flung from one side to the other, her head shaking violently."

Mel says he feared Shaken Baby Syndrome and when she refused to hand the baby over and continued her "rough and erratic movements," Mel says, "I slapped Oksana one time with an open hand in an attempt to bring her back to reality."

"I did not slap [Oksana Grigorieva] hard, I was just trying to shock her so that she would stop screaming, continuing shaking Lucia back and forth."

"I did not hit Oksana with a closed fist, as she alleges. I did not punch her in the face, in the temple or anywhere else, not then or at any other time."

"There was never any blood and no teeth were 'broken,' although one of the false veneers from a tooth apparently came off, I did not see that occur."

"While I do not believe I handled the situation as well as I should have, I was worried about the way Oksana was shaking and tossing Lucia around."

"My hand never touched any part of Lucia."

As we talked about last week, the pediatrician who examined Lucia saw no evidence of injury to the baby. So was Oksana lying about the abuse?

In any event, Mel's story could establish a defense to her domestic violence allegations, using reasonable force to protect a child from injury.

What do you think? Do you believe it?

Is Oksana trying to make this seem much worse to bilk Mel, or is he trying to cover up what really happened and beat the rap after beating her?


Wow! It's funny how Mel Gibson turned a violent alcoholic psychotic attack on a woman holding a child into an act of love and concern for the safety of the child. Next thing you know, he is going to say that the derogatory remarks that he makes about Blacks, Latinos, and Jews are being misinterpreted as anti-semetic and racist when he is really trying to raise cultural awareness issues and promote diversity.


Never ending story, to O plz..dnt push it to hard,let's go back to reality..juz wake up from ur lala land..


If I were hysterical, whilst holding a wee baby as a weapon of sorts and acting like a crazy person and putting my or anyone elses child in harms way because I lost total and absolulte control ... I only hope that someone would step in and slap me on the side of the head to bring me back to reality. I'm not kidding. This woman has shown her true colours and that she can very easy go to the dark side. SHE was willing to put her child in the middle of a grown up situation, run about in the dark, tossing the child around ... I mean, what kind of narcisistic, self person does that. Mel has 8 other children and is an experienced and loving parent. Can the same be said of Oksana!?


Didn't he already apologize, publicly, for doing it...and his behavior following the attack. Why all the backpeddling??? And why are so many people just nodding and forgetting about it?Point is that he may not have wanted or meant to hurt the baby; but, he attacked the baby's mother while she was holding him. It is ok for him to puthis hands on her, as long as he didn't mean to hurt the baby? Please, give me a break....


i know mel has a history of being erratic, but he loves his children and has never abused any of them at all. even his ex wife said hes not an i could totally see him doing this in regards of protecting this child. someone should talk to her ex timothy dalton (who she has a child with) to see if she has a history of being crazy.

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