Confirmed: Mel Gibson tapes were all from the same day
Though their once-a-day release over the course of more than a week painted a picture of nonstop ranting, the tapes of a profane, angry Mel Gibson were all from the same day, according to an e-mail from Oksana Grigorieva that was submitted to the court.
"The only recording i have made were on that night of your rage, the 18th of february, only 9 of them. But, if you remember, you called me at least 30 times and left endless insulting messages everywhere as well as you spoke to me many times," the actor's ex-girlfriend says in the document obtained by TMZ. The document includes a letter in several parts sent May 2, shortly before mediation that resulted in a $15-million settlement offer, which Grigorieva eventually did not accept.
Over the weekend, the singer and mother of Lucia Grigorieva-Gibson did an interview with Larry King that will air Tuesday night on CNN. A judge on Wednesday had rejected Gibson's request that she be prohibited from talking to reporters.
Grigorieva hinted at a Moscow news conference April 19 that there was scandal about to be revealed regarding the couple's split, announced a week before. "We have split up, suddenly and recently," she said at the presser. "Unfortunately, I cannot give you the reason. But you will find out everything quite soon."
She says in the May 2 letter that she played two of the tapes for her lawyers because they and her psychologist convinced her that Gibson and his lawyers would persuade Gibson to try to take Lucia from her -- yes, you read that right. Mel would persuade himself -- and that Team Mel would tarnish her reputation with "false facts" to avoid taking care of her financially.
She explains, "I only recorded them for you, so you can hear for yourself. What you sound like once you are engraged. For you to understand and to help you to change."
Plus, in the style of many dramatic breakups, there are insults hurled at Mel regarding his future ex-wife Robyn Gibson, whom Grigorieva accuses of waging a secret media war against her (the Gibsons' divorce is not yet final).
"Are you a little boy, or are you a man?," she writes. "Why are you so easily being influenced by your mommy Robyn? Or is it two of them now, Robyn and [daughter] Hanna? You are either ignorant or pretending not to see how cleverly you have been minipulated. Either that, or you simply never loved me."
According to TMZ, Team Mel's lawyers see the letter as evidence supporting their extortion allegation against the singer, who reminds her ex, "If not for these recorded messages, you and your loyal people would have used any dirty trick they could. This is what ive been told and now i believe it. Too much evidence, my dear.
"So, Im sending my lawyers the rest of the messages and i'm sending you a few just to see why they were recorded in the first place."
Radar Online published the first of the audio tapes on July 9, though stories citing their content surfaced at the end of June.
-- Christie D'Zurilla
Photo: Oksana Grigorieva at an April 19 news conference in Moscow, where she announced that she would perform a private concert to aid victims of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, and hinted at scandal surrounding her breakup with Mel Gibson. Credit: Mikhail Metzel / Associated Press