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Is Mel Gibson trying to avoid sitting down for a deposition as part of the domestic violence investigation launched against him? All depends on who you ask.

Sources connected with Oksana Grigorieva, who accuses the actor of beating her, say that Gibson is going to great lengths to avoid sitting for his deposition.

Oksana’s camp believes Mel does not want his deposition taken before the L.A. County District Attorney makes a decision on whether to prosecute the actor.

The D.A.’s office will make its decision on whether the police’s domestic violence investigation warrants charges against him within the next couple of weeks.

Mel will almost certainly choose to assert his Fifth Amendment privilege on most, if not all, of the events surrounding the January 6 fight, TMZ speculates.

As for the implications of that on the family case – Mel and Oksana are also fighting for custody of eight-month-old daughter Lucia – that remains to be seen.

Regardless, the deposition was scheduled more than two weeks ago, only Oksana was far from pleased to learn Mel was out of the country on a fishing trip.

Other sources dispute that Mel is intentionally avoiding his deposition, saying he will be back this weekend and the deposition should take place shortly.

The Mel Gibson rants Oksana recorded and leaked certainly prove how badly he needs help, but as far as whether he abused her? That’s much murkier.

He’s apparently had a P.I. grilling witnesses, or alleged witnesses, to the attack(s). Are any of them credible? That will be up to the D.A. to determine.