The newest bombshell in the slowly unfolding Mel Gibson meltdown is the leak of yet another portion of a tape recording obtained by RadarOnline.com in which the actor is heard seemingly acknowledging that he had battered the mother of his 8-month-old daughter before twice threatening to kill her.
In an excerpt released Monday (July 12), the eight-minute recording reportedly captures a conversation between Gibson and then-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva in which the Academy Award-winning actor/director is heard yelling at Grigorieva that she "deserved" to be hit after she criticized him for allegedly punching her in the face and breaking two of her teeth.
Gibson is at the center of a domestic-violence investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and the latest tape, if corroborated, could be a powerful piece of evidence against the actor in the criminal probe, according to Radar.
On the tape, portions of which leaked last week, Gibson is heard getting increasingly angrier as the unmarried couple argue, screaming, ranting and huffing out of breath in a hoarse voice and at one point saying to Grigorieva, "You need a f---ing bat in the side of the head. All right? How about that?" as she remains calm in spite of his wrath.
"What kind of a man is that?" Grigorieva says near the end of the excerpt. "Hitting a woman when she's holding a child in her hands? Breaking her teeth twice in the face! What kind of man is that?"
"Oh, you're all angry now!" Gibson responds. "You know what, you ... f---ing deserved it!" He also alludes earlier to killing and burying Grigorieva, and she appears to taunt him by saying, "You're gonna answer one day, boy, you're gonna answer." Seemingly infuriated by that comment, he asks if she's threatening him and she responds, "I'm not the one to threaten."
At that point, Gibson makes what can only charitably be construed as a death threat when he says, "Threaten you? I'll put you in a f---ing rose garden, you cu--! You understand that? Because I'm capable of it. You understand that? Get a f---ing restraining order? What are you gonna get a f---ing restraining order for? For me being drunk and disorderly and hitting you? For what?"
When asked about the tapes' authenticity last week Gibson's spokesperson, Alan Nierob, offered a "no comment" to MTV News. Over the weekend, Gibson was reportedly dropped by his longtime talent agency, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, in the wake of the scandal, which includes allegations that he repeatedly used racist and sexist slurs against Grigorieva during their arguments. The Hollywood Reporter reported that unnamed sources at WME said it was Gibson's misconduct that caused the break, with that source opining "there's nothing to do for Mel Gibson at the moment ... no one will touch him with a 10-foot pole."
On the tape, Grigorieva repeatedly asks Gibson to get help, urging him to take medication, to which he huffs, "I need a woman! Not a f---ing little girl with a f---ing dysfunctional cu--! ... You need a f---ing doctor. You need a f---ing brain transplant."
The couple are in the midst of a difficult custody battle of their daughter, with Grigorieva filing a restraining order against her ex as well as a follow-up complaint on July 5 that triggered the domestic-violence investigation. L.A. County Sheriff's Department spokesman Steve Whitmore would not tell The Associated Press whether the Radar recordings would become part of the investigation. "Everything is part of the investigation," he said. "Anything that is connected to the case we will investigate." He also did not give a timeframe on how long the investigation might take, but once completed, evidence will be turned over to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office, which will decide whether to pursue criminal charges.
Gibson's lawyers have reportedly claimed that Grigorieva tried to extort more money from the actor as part of their settlement.
He claims on the tape that Grigorieva used him to get her music career started, and she responds that she doesn't care if he doesn't spend another dime on it. "Gold digger, cu--, whore, and you've just proved it!" he screams.
"Because I'm saving my life and daughter's life. ... You almost killed us, did you forget?" she responds as Gibson lets out the kind of maniacal, whooping laugh he perfected in his role in the "Lethal Weapon" movies.