JULY 8, 2010 5:03PM

Mel Gibson in Trouble with the Law. Again.

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Mel Gibson has gotten himself out of some pretty horrible situations in the past few years with the law but lately he had seemed to have calmed down. He recently got a divorce from his longtime wife of twentysomething years, he met a beautiful Russian singer (and I use that term loosely) named Oksana Grigorieva and they recently had a child--8 month old Lucia. Everything seemed to have calmed down for him. But, not for long. He and Oksana split and now they are in a nasty battle over everything from child support to charges of domestic abuse.

The domestic abuse charges stem from a January incident that happened at Mel’s Malibu estate. Oksana was able to record the event, in which she can be heard asking Mel, 54, what he thinks he is doing hitting her while she is holding Lucia.

“What kind of man is that who would hit a woman while she is holding a child in her hands, hitting her twice in the face?” Oksana can be heard asking between sobs.

Mel’s response? “You know what--you f***ing deserved it.”

It gets worse. Mel reinforced the rumors that he is not only a bigot and sexist pig, but also a racist. He continues to threaten Oksana on the tape and even warned her that he would burn down the house.

“You’re an embarrassment to me,” screamed Mel to Oksana. “You look like a f***ing pick in heat, and if you get raped by a pack of n******, it will be your fault.”

How delightful. He sounds like a real gem. Remember, this the man that refused to “let” his ex-wife take birth control because he was so religious he felt it was against the will of God. They have 7 grown children. This is the same man who built a church on his property because he wanted to offer a daily mass in Latin (which was traditional in Catholicism during the 16th century but died out by the 20th century.) The same man who’s father denied the Holocaust and has reservations himself that the Germans killed so many, when lacking the technology and gas to do so. (He claimed.) He has said, instead, that many Jewish people fled to Australia and the United States.

Putting all of that aside, the man is a hypocrite for other reasons. He goes to church on Sunday so that he can beat his girlfriend on Monday. A real charmer. Well, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has decided to launch a domestic violence investigation against Mel after hearing the what was on the tapes.

Now, some have their doubts about Oksana’s sincerity in this custody battle. One source told People magazine (the July 12, 2010 issue) that she wants to cut Mel completely out of Lucia’s life and that Mel only restrained Oksana from shaking Lucia “like a rag doll” and didn’t hit her.

Her camp counters that accusation, stating that they have dental records of her visiting a dentist to repair a broken tooth and knocking out a veneer after he punched her. Her source claims that Oksana fears for her safety and has not received a penny in child support, even though Gibson’s camp says that he has been “very generous”.

So, who do we believe? I guess the tapes speak volumes and speak for themselves, but it sounds like dysfunction only breeds dysfunction with these two. I’m sure in the following days we will have even more juicy details about what really happened at the Malibu mansion, and until then, I suppose we will just have to wait and see if Mel really is the monster that he is painting himself to be. It’s a shame, really. What a talent, but what a waste, as well.

www.twodaymag.com

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Hubris. Pure hubris.