Mel Gibson's former girlfriend says actor brandished gun, punched her
As prosecutors are mulling whether to file domestic-violence charges against Mel Gibson, his alleged victim is claiming in a new interview that the actor punched and kicked her and once brandished a gun in front of her.
Oksana Grigorieva, a model and Gibson's ex-girlfriend, alleged in an interview with People magazine that, during one argument, Gibson hit her while she was holding their baby, Lucia.
"I thought he would kill me," Grigorieva is quoted as saying.
Gibson's attorneys have disputed her account in discussions with sheriff's detectives, who recently handed over their case to L.A. County prosecutors.
Sources have told The Times that prosecutors are reviewing that case but are unlikely to move forward until the Sheriff's Department has finished its investigation into claims that Grigorieva or someone close to her was attempting to extort money from Gibson.
The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the case was ongoing, said the cases are heavily intertwined.
No suspect has been formally named in the extortion case, but detectives have interviewed people involved in the couple's messy separation. Officials said they plan to interview two lawyers who represented Grigorieva, but sources said they are not suspects.
-- Richard Winton