Police Probe Gibson Abuse Claim
Law enforcement officials said they are looking into claims that Oscar-winning director and actor Mel Gibson physically abused his former girlfriend and the mother of one of his children.
Police released a statement saying it was ‘gathering information regarding the allegations’ and would disclose no other details because the probe was preliminary. A spokesman for The Passion of the Christ and Braveheart star was not available to comment.
The statement said the alleged violence occurred in January at Gibson’s home in Malibu, Calif., and it named his ex-girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva, as the alleged victim. Gibson, 54, and the 40-year-old Russian singer have been embroiled in a bitter legal battle over the custody of their infant daughter, Lucia. They have obtained restraining orders against each other. Gibson is a major Hollywood star who found fame as an action hero in the Mad Max movies. He boosted his stardom in the Lethal Weapon cop flicks and won Oscars for directing and producing Braveheart.