Mel Gibson admits to slapping Oksana Grigorieva

In Mel Gibson’s sworn declaration in his custody fight with Oksana Grigorieva, he admits to slapping her, because she was so hysterical that he felt she was endangering their daughter Lucia.

On the night of January 6, 2010, Mel says that they were having their typical argument at his home, when Oksana grabbed Lucia out of her bassinet and brought her in the middle of the argument, screaming, “Stop yelling or you will make her into a retarded brain damaged idiot!”

Mel claims that she then “spun around”, ran into her older son’s room and then out into the backyward. He said that she ran across the backyard for about 75 yards. He asked her to come back inside, and she ran back into her son’s room and was “swinging Lucia erratically in her arms, jerking her body from side to side to keep Lucia out of my reach.”

He added that she was “hysterical” and her “rapid movements were causing Lucia’s little body to be flung from one side to the other, her head shaking violently. He claimed he feared Shaken Baby Syndrome. After she refused to hand Lucia over, he said, “I slapped Oksana one time with an open hand in an attempt to bring her back to reality. I did not slap her hard, I was just trying to shock her so that she would stop screaming, continuing shaking Lucia back and forth.”

TMZ reports:

As for Oksana, Mel says, “I did not hit Oksana with a closed fist, as she alleges. I did not ever punch her in the face or in the temple or anywhere else, not then or at any other time.”

Mel admits, “While I do not believe I handled the situation as well as I should have, I was worried about the rough way Oksana was shaking and tossing Lucia around,” adding, “My hand never touched any part of Lucia.” As we’ve already reported, the pediatrician who examined Lucia the next day saw no evidence of injury.

And Mel says, “There was never any blood on Oksana and none of her teeth were ‘broken,’ although one of the false veneers from a tooth apparently did come off, I did not see that occur at the time.”

Do you believe him?

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