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Oksana Grigorieva: Mel Gibson Is Trivializing Domestic Violence

July 31, 2010 06:38:12 GMT

After accused of trying to bribe Mel Gibson for cash in exchange for rant tapes, Oksana Grigorieva hit backs, stating the actor just wants to 'trivialize' the domestic violence.


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Oksana Grigorieva has blasted ex-boyfriend Mel Gibson for "trivializing domestic violence" in their ongoing legal battle following allegations he attacked the singer during a heated argument earlier this year. The former couple, which split in April, has become embroiled in a bitter court fight over recent weeks as they attempt to thrash out custody arrangements for their young daughter, Lucia.

The public falling out has seen Grigorieva accuse the shamed "Braveheart" star of assault, while audio footage of telephone calls in which the actor can allegedly be heard hurling abuse and vile threats at his partner have leaked online. Gibson's lawyers have denied the allegations of domestic violence and accused the Russian singer of trying to bribe the star for cash in exchange for the audio recordings.

But Grigorieva has been left incensed by the counter-attack - insisting Gibson is attempting to "trivialize" the alleged abuse by filing his own extortion claims against her. In an interview with RadarOnline.com, she says, "I think Mel is basically trivializing domestic violence and this is very, very sad and it's very unfair."

And the singer claims the recorded rants said to feature Gibson were all taped on the same night of their reported altercation, when she feared for her life. She continues, "All the tapes that you hear on the internet, all of the voicemails, the phone calls, all of them (were) recorded that one night, because I was in fear for my life that night. I really didn't think I was gonna make it. I feel like I'm being victimized all over again."


 




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posted by lisa040970 on Aug 02, 2010
Oksana needs to come forward and fight for women everywhere. Oksana, every day a woman lives in fear just like you described. However, our country, our President and our family court system has downgraded this fear to our own "hystrionics." They claim that we make this up and that men do not abuse. Please, you are in a position to help countless women and children...
posted by Enufalredy on Aug 01, 2010
send 'em all back to the kitchen and stop their b!tchn...If you play with fire you will get burnt! NOw you know why men go to war and women become Secretaries
posted by siteunseen on Jul 31, 2010
Afraid for your life? If so, why are you doing this NOW? Also, one night of bad behavior. If he was totally abusive, why stay with the man? I think Oksana is a bit crazy as well, and she's seeking to destroy Mel, not get help for him. The way these tapes and recordings were put out to the public it seems as though he was a ranting abusive nut for their entire relationship(?) If Oksana ruined his marriage, with his cooperation, of course, then he's not going to cherish her for that. This type of abuse "always" results in these types of affairs. That is a fact. The baby was an inconvenience, so everything broke apart after that. Mel and Oksana had an "affair". I don't know why everyone calls it a marriage, etc. She's just a gal pal, and nothing more. He saw the light, and regretted his mistake. Oksana, take your 15 million and go live your life.
posted by sarah on Jul 31, 2010
How do you know about her sister? Why should Mel "survive"--should we be worried about that? Calling police and charging someone can be the most dangerous time of an abusive relationship. Leaving someone is the most dangerous time--ask Nicole Simpson if you could.
posted by Jawsphobia on Jul 31, 2010
What has the release of these tapes cost Mel Gibson? Far more than the scuffle over the baby has cost Oksana. And if she thought she wouldn't make it through the night, she would have called police. Extortion is very serious. If the tapes had been for police and played for them, then their purpose would be something other than extortion. But she instead let her sister field bids on the material from papers and websites, however long that took. Oksana is disgusting. I only hope Mel survives. Manic depressive disorder shouldn't be trivialized either.
posted by leviblues on Jul 31, 2010
if mel was an abuser it would have came out a long time ago with his first wife
posted by WindyD on Jul 31, 2010
It's clear that some of you have never been in an abusive relationship. She loved Mel, and didn't want him arrested. Also, verbal and emotional abuse is very insidious and works in many ways. It's all about control and low self-esteem on the part of the abuser. If she called the police, he could blame her and say that she was hurting the baby (he did try to do that) and she wouldn't have any chance. The tapes prove his violence and threats. The "they won't believe you threat" is very real because in this society, they blame the victim. Also, Mel has lots of money and could say anything he wanted. He's got all of the symptoms of an abusive alcoholic. Manic depression is just his excuse to misbehave. He's been abusive before to others (even the police). He threatened the polic officer who picked him up drunk. Do you think a woman with a baby to protect will always know what to do. You are so confused by the abuse that you doubt yourself. Mel Gibson has brought to light the awful prevelance of abusive relationships in this society. It's a shame that a man who has so much money and power has to act like an evil devil--because that's the alcoholic abuser.
posted by Tara on Jul 31, 2010
She could have called one of Mel's grown sons to ask for help in calming him down. I bet they would have gone to find him quickly rather than have her call the cops. Or she could have just called the police, and they would have calmed him down in a hurry. Instead, she turned on a tape recorder? That would not be my first choice if I feared for my life and wanted to survive the night as she said. Regarding the leaked tapes, if she had given her copy to her lawyers and no one else, there would be no leak. Oh, wait, she probably figured that out, which is why she didn't do that. She seems devious to me. BTW, she was photographed holding hands with him at the Nominees dinner on March 4 (some weeks after the night of all these phone calls). Maybe she no longer fears for her life when she is on a red carpet?

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