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Mel Gibson tapes obtained by L.A. County sheriff's detectives

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on Thursday obtained audio tapes of Mel Gibson as detectives continue to pursue allegations of domestic violence made by the actor's ex-girlfriend.

The detectives obtained the tapes during a closed-door hearing in a child custody case between Gibson and the ex-girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva.

There has been some debate about whether the recordings would be admissible even if a domestic violence case were to go to criminal court.

Of the audio clips released by Radar Online, the most damaging in a criminal case likely would be an exchange in which Gibson apparently tells Grigorieva that she "deserved" to be hit.

But the volatile conversation, in which Gibson also uses derogatory terms for women, Latinos and African Americans, seems to have been recorded without the "Lethal Weapon" star's permission.

Legal experts say that is where the recording’s admissibility becomes murky. In California, both parties must consent to have a phone conversation recorded. Under normal circumstances, legal experts said, that would make the Gibson tapes unusable in court, and their recording potentially a crime.

-- Robert Faturechi

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So the deputies will go visit Mel, hang out for a while, get a couple of autographed pictures, slap him on the back, tell him to chill out and it will be done.

I like Mel Gibson. I think he is just going through some tough times with his divorce and is lashing out at everyone. No one perfect, and I don't think that anyone in life can say that they never made a racist comment about anyone, whether it is in private or publicly in a group with friends or when angry. People need to notice that Mel is suffering with depression. He is at the stage of needing counseling and to be given anti-depressants. He is a time bomb and will hurt himself or someone. See the signs people. Lets help Mel so that he can get help. He is breathing heavy, he is cursing, he is unhappy, and he needs help. I hate to hear that he committed suicide people. Lets help Mel and stop making him out of a living spectacle. He produced great movies and he is really a funny person and I like him in all of his movies the excitement and the crazy he illustrated in "Lethal Weapon." He is a lethal weapon so guys lets help Mel get his life back together and forgive him for his racist remarks because everyone has them, but not everyone blurt them out in public or live.


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