Mel Gibson Admits to Slapping – Not Punching – Oksana Grigorieva

Oksana Grigorieva and Mel Gibson

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updated 11/15/2010 AT 1:00 PM ET

originally published 11/15/2010 AT 1:30 PM ET

Mel Gibson has a different take on what happened the night Oksana Grigorieva claims he punched her in the face while she was holding their baby.

In a sworn declaration dated June 23, 2010, Gibson, 54, recalls the altercation at one of his Malibu, Calif., homes in January that prompted police to launch a domestic violence investigation.

But the actor-director says Grigorieva grabbed Lucia, 1, out her of bassinet and eventually ran out into the backyard, according to, which obtained the court documents.


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