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Mel Gibson apparently freaked out the day Oksana Grigorieva says he hit her. While a babysitter didn’t see an attack, she witnessed a meltdown prior to it.

The babysitter for Mel and Oksana was front and center for the beginning of the January 6 fight which Oksana says ended in Gibson punching her in the face.

Their baby daughter Lucia, now eight months, was also hurt in the attack, Oksana claims. Mel, via his attorneys, has denied any physical assault happened.

In the hours before the incident occurred that day, Oksana went to a basketball game. Mel, Lucia and a babysitter were by themselves at his Malibu home.

According to TMZ, the babysitter says Mel “began freaking out” while Oksana was gone, “slamming doors, cussing and screaming at someone on the phone.”

What sent Mel Gibson through the roof on Jan. 6 and Feb. 18?

The babysitter says Mel was screaming to someone on the phone, “I want to f*%king destroy you.” It’s not clear who the recipient of that threat was/is.

Remember, this is not when the shocking Mel Gibson meltdown, during which he threatens Oksana and Lucia, was recorded by her on various phone calls.

That was February 18.

On January 6, the sitter called Oksana, urging her to come home because of the actor’s behavior, saying “Mel was possessed and completely out of control.”

The babysitter was present when Oksana returned home but left before any violence occurred – if it even occurred at all, depending on who you believe.

Other sources are questioning the sitter’s claims, because – similar to the alleged abuse photo Oksana produced – they never surfaced until right now.

On the flip side, people connected with the babysitter say she didn’t come forward because she’s fearful of Mel and is currently fighting stage 4 cancer.