Mel Gibson ‘domestic abuse’ tape hits the Web

2010-07-10 08:33

Mel Gibson is heard using a racial epithet and calling his

ex-girlfriend a “whore” in a recording released yesterday by a celebrity news

website.

The two-minute recording posted by RadarOnline.com includes

segments in which a voice sounding distinctively like the Academy Award winner

is heard telling his then-girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva, that she is dressing

too provocatively and that it would be her fault if she were raped.

He uses the N word at one point, and the recording is laced with

profanity.

Grigorieva recorded the actor-director because she was afraid he

might harm her, the website reported.

The actor is heard on the recording harshly criticising Grigorieva

for the way she dresses.

He also accuses her of lying to him about having breast implants.

“They just look stupid,” Gibson tells her at one point in the recording. “Keep

them if you want to. They look like a Vegas bitch, a Vegas whore.”

“You look like a (expletive) bitch in heat, and if you get raped by

a pack of (N-word), it will be your fault,” Gibson is heard telling Grigorieva.

“You provoked it. You are provocatively dressed.”

Alan Nierob, a spokesperson for Gibson, did not immediately respond

to requests for comment.

A phone message left for Grigorieva’s attorney, Marci Levine, was

not immediately returned.

It is unclear when the recording was made or in what context. It

opens with Gibson discussing breast-feeding of their now eight-month-old

daughter. Towards the end, Gibson indicates that he is done with the

relationship.

“I don’t trust you,” the actor is heard saying. “I don’t love you.

I don’t want you.”

Shades on another

scandal

The recording has shades of another scandal for Gibson – his use of

anti-Semitic and sexist remarks during a drunken driving arrest in 2006.

The actor-director later apologised for the statements that were

included in a report by the sheriff’s deputy who arrested Gibson. The report was

obtained by celebrity website TMZ.

Gibson’s talent agency, William Morris Endeavor, had dropped the

actor, The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline.com reported on Friday.

The former couple have been locked in a bitter custody dispute in

Los Angeles.

The 40-year-old singer has accused Gibson of domestic violence, and

sheriff’s officials have launched an investigation.

Records in the court case, which may include the audio recordings,

remain sealed.

RadarOnline has been posting text excerpts since July 1 of roughly

30 minutes of recordings of Gibson that she made before the pair broke up in

April.

Friday’s posting was the first time that audio of the encounters

had been released.

The recording is unlikely to be RadarOnline’s last word on Gibson.

Site founder and executive vice-president David Perel said more excerpts of

audio that Grigorieva recorded would be posted to the site in coming days.

The site has posted text transcripts that include threats of

violence and other racial slurs.

Perel said RadarOnline had heard “a significant portion” of the

recordings. He said the site had verified it was Gibson on the recording.

The website, owned by American Media, which also owns the National

Enquirer, did not say how it obtained the tapes.

Perel said the site did not pay for the recordings and they did not

come from Grigorieva.

Perel said the site felt it was an important story to publish,

despite the disturbing content. He said in some of the recordings, Gibson and

Grigorieva’s eight-month-old daughter can be heard screaming in the

background.

The screaming is not present in the audio released on Friday.

“We felt it was so newsworthy and so explosive we simply had to

report what we heard,” Perel said.

Rita Smith, executive director of the National Coalition Against

Domestic Violence, said Gibson was exhibiting the behaviour of a “typical

batterer”.

She said there was likely to be a significant backlash against

Gibson, but whether there were real consequences for the actor remained to be

seen.

“I think that people will be similarly outraged for a while, like

they were with Chris Brown, like they were with Alec Baldwin,” Smith said. “This

is one story out of thousands we hear every day.”

Brown remains on felony probation for beating his then-girlfriend

Rihanna last year.

Baldwin was widely criticised for berating his young daughter in a

phone message that was leaked during his divorce from Kim Basinger.

Smith said she hoped the incident would increase awareness of the

dire straits of domestic violence shelters around the country, which are facing

budget cuts.

“I think it would be better for Mel and for Oksana, and for their

future partners, if there were some real consequences and some real change,” she

said.



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