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Mel Gibson admits to slapping ex-GF, but explains WHY

In a sworn declaration, dated June 23 and obtained by TMZ, Gibson admitted to striking Grigorieva once at their Malibu, California home, but explained that he did it only because she was in a fit of hysteria and he feared for his then 2-month-old daughter Lucia's safety

Mel Gibson finally admits he slapped ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva during a heated argument at his home, but insists he never hit her with a closed fist, according to U.S. reports.

Mel Gibson and his ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva have been embroiled in a bitter legal feud over the custody of their toddler daughter, Lucia.

The 40-year-old Russian singer/songwriter has accused the 54-year-old actor of punching her in the temple and mouth and threatening to kill her during an altercation on the night of Jan. 6, which led to a domestic violence investigation.

Mel admits to slapping ex-GF
Now, the “Braveheart” star admits to slapping the mother of his daughter, but denies hitting her.

In a sworn declaration, dated June 23 and obtained by TMZ, Gibson admitted to striking Grigorieva once at their Malibu, California home, but explained that he did it only because she was in a fit of hysteria and he feared for his then 2-month-old daughter Lucia's safety.

The 40-year-old Russian singer/songwriter has accused the 54-year-old actor of punching her in the temple and mouth and threatening to kill her during an altercation on the night of Jan. 6, which led to a domestic violence investigation.

Oksana’s behavior endangered their child
Describing the January incident in the papers, Gibson states he and Grigorieva were arguing in his home when Oksana grabbed their daughter Lucia out of her bassinet and screamed, “Stop yelling or you will make her into a retarded brain damaged idiot!”

He further states Grigorieva took the tot into their darkened backyard, and when he asked her to come back in, she ran into her son Alexander's room and “started swinging Lucia erratically in her arms, jerking her body from side to side to keep Lucia out of my reach.”

Gibson claims Grigorieva's "rapid movements were causing Lucia's little body to be flung from one side to the other, her head shaking violently".

Mel explains why he slapped Grigorieva
The actor says he slapped his ex GF once during the heated argument, but denied hitting her with a closed fist, insisting he was trying to stop her behaving "erratically" around their baby daughter, and that his slap was only intended to “bring her back to reality.”

"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,” Gibson 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. 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. My hand never touched any part of Lucia.

"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," he adds.

Grigorieva, who split with the actor in April last year, is set to tell her side of story about the incident and her time with Gibson in a candid interview on American show Larry King Live.

Mel and his relationships
Gibson and Grigorieva broke-up just a few months after the birth of their daughter. Their relationship was messed up by the rumors of Gibson’s affair with a Polish porn star named Violet Lowla.

The actor-turned producer divorced his wife, Robyn, in April last year. They had been married for 28 years and have seven children, six sons and a daughter, together.

Gibson had claimed that he only started dating Oksana after ending his marriage with Robyn, but the Russian singer countered his claims, saying they had been together for three years.