'I taped fight with Mel because I feared I'd end up dead': Oksana breaks her silence in interview with Larry King
17th November 2010
Oksana Grigorieva has opened up to US talk show host Larry King, claiming that she feared she wouldn't survive Mel Gibson's alleged assault.
Defying a judge's orders to not speak with the press, Grigorieva taped an interview for CNN's Larry King Live, set to air on US televisions on Wednesday night.
She also explained her decision to record her conversation with Gibson during the encounter in January.
'I started taping it around 11 o'clock because I thought, "I'm actually not going to live through the night.'
Grigorieva said she hoped her mother would share the tapes with the police if anything happened to her.
'I wanted my mother to be able to prove that if I'm dead that this is who did it.'
Grigorieva recalled: 'On January 6th this year the beating took place. Mel actually assaulted me whilst I was holding the baby in my arms.
'It was at his house, our house at that point. I ran into my son's bedroom and told him to hide because Mel is crazy, he's getting really violent.'
As well as daughter Lucia, one, Grigorieva has a 12-year-old son, Alexander, from her previous relationship with actor Timothy Dalton.
'My son was getting ready for bed and he jumped around the bed and behind the bed,' Grigorieva told King. 'I was standing in the middle of the room with the baby, like a mother protecting her cubs.
'I was standing in the middle of the room holding the baby as Mel proceeded into the room and struck me twice in the mouth in front of my boy.'
Gibson has stated in a legal filing that he slapped his ex-girlfriend once with an open hand but not with a closed fist as she alleged. However, Grigorieva told King that was not the case.
'He wasn't drunk. He hit me and choked me in front of my son and then brandished the gun at me. I left him on the 6th of January.
'The very following morning he was already apologetic and asking for a chance for us to be together.
'He told me he would be cured, he will be treated and he will be evaluated - all those words, she said, adding. 'I covered up for him what happened.'
Celebrity website TMZ.com has obtained a written declaration from a Dr. Arthur Gordon saying he saw Grigorieva on January 8.
According to Dr. Gordon's statement Grigorieva told him, 'she was hit in the head the day before and that since that time she had been suffering from nausea, headaches and dizziness, as well as "aches all over".'
Dr. Gordon added that while Grigorieva did not identify who attacked her she did say it was the same person who broke her front teeth.
He stated he performed a neurological exam and, after tracking her eye movement, discovered an abnormality in her right eye.
Thinking she may have suffered a concussion and could have a subdural haematoma, he recommended Grigorieva visit a hospital emergency room and get a CAT scan.
However, Grigorieva never followed up on the recommendation.
Gibson and Grigorieva went to court together for the first time last week over custody of their daughter, where Los Angeles Court judge Scott Gordon ordered Gibson to pay Grigorieva three months of back child support totalling $60,000.
The estranged couple are due back in court on November 22, where more financial and custody issues will be hammered out.
However, now that Grigorieva has gone public with her allegations against Gibson, it could adversely affect her custody rights.