LOS ANGELES — Police have launched a domestic violence investigation into actor Mel Gibson after he allegedly lashed out at ex-girflriend Oksana Grigorieva.
This follows reports on gossip site RadarOnline.com that the Braveheart star allegedly told his ex during one of their heated arguments that she "f---ing deserved" to get hit.
According to RadarOnline.com, which allegedly quoted a leaked audio tape, the Russian singer was apparently heard saying: "What kind of man is that who would hit a woman while she is holding a child in her hands, hitting her twice in the face? What kind of man is that?"
To this, the Passion of the Christ actor allegedly replied: "You know what -- you f***ing deserved it."
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said they are looking into claims Gibson physically abused Oksana, who is the mother of one of his children.
A statement said law officials are “gathering information regarding the allegations” and would disclose no other details because the probe was preliminary.
The sheriff’s statement said the alleged violence occurred in January at Gibson’s home in Malibu, California.
A spokesman Gibson was not immediately available for comment.
Gibson, 54, and his 40-year-old ex have been embroiled in a bitter legal battle in recent months over the custody of their infant daughter, Lucia.
They have obtained restraining orders against each other.
Gibson found fame as an action hero in the Mad Max”movies. He boosted his stardom in the Lethal Weapon cop flicks, among others, and won Oscars for directing and producing Braveheart.
His religious film The Passion of the Christ, which he directed and made outside Hollywood’s major studios, was a major box office hit.
But the actor ran into trouble in 2006 when he was arrested for drunk driving in Malibu, California, where he lives, and then launched into an anti-Semitic tirade against the arresting officer. He was quoted as telling the official that “Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world.”
Gibson subsequently apologized publicly for what he called ”despicable behavior” and sought counseling. He was sentenced to three years probation and ordered to attend an alcohol recovery program.
With files from Reuters
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