Oksana Grigorieva sat down with Larry King this week to discuss the taped conversations she had with Mel Gibson. Grigorieva, who has a 1-year-old daughter named Lucia with the actor, confessed she began taping the phone calls on an iPhone application after they had a massive argument at his Malibu home in January.
“It was at his house…I ran into my son’s bedroom and told him to hide because Mel is crazy, you know, he’s getting really violent” she said of the incident. “So, my son was getting ready for bed and he jumped around the bed, hid behind the bed. And I was standing in the middle of the room with the baby like you know, a mother protecting her cubs. And I was standing at the middle of the room holding the baby as Mel proceeded into the room and… struck me twice.
“He hit me and choked me in front of my son and then you know, brandished a gun at me and I left him on the sixth of January,” she said.
The Russian singer went on to say that Gibson was remorseful and apologetic the day after. She said, “I was covering up for him and… I didn’t report it.”
She added, “And if somebody’s asking you for a chance, you give them the chance.”
Grigorieva told King, “I knew this is not the man who I fell in love with. This is his illness speaking because this profanity, this anger, this rage, I mean, unforgivable… I wanted my mother to be able to prove that if I’m dead, that this is who did it.”
Meanwhile, Gibson is petitioning for full custody of Lucia and asking that Grigorieva get only monitored visitation.