They were the tapes that ignited the 19 month court battle between Academy Award winner Mel Gibson and the mother of his illegitimate child, Oksana Grigorieva.
RadarOnline.com is looking back at what started the legal ball rolling — our world exclusive tapes of the Lethal Weapon star lashing out at his baby’s mother with a tirade of racist, sexist and threatening statements after their January 2010 blowup.
In the series of tapes — obtained exclusively by RadarOnline.com — an enraged Gibson admits to hitting Grigorieva and even threatens to “put her in a f—— rose garden.”
Among the low-lights, that dominated the headlines last summer:
When a calm Grigorieva told Gibson, “I did not do anything and I apologize for nothing,” Gibson responded, “You apologize for nothing? Well then you’re a dishonest c—!”
Leading to the most incriminating of statements, Grigorieva chides Gibson, “You were hitting a woman with a child in her hands. You! What kind of a man is that, hitting a woman when she’s holding a child in her hands? Breaking her teeth, twice, in the face! What kind of man is that?”
“You know what, you f—— deserved it!” Gibson shot back. “I’ll put you in a f—— rose garden, you c—. You understand that? Because I’m capable of it. You understand that? Get a f—— restraining order. For what? What are you gonna get a restraining order for? For me being drunk and disorderly? For hitting you? For what?”
Other noteworthy comments from the Mad Max star:
In criticizing Grigorieva’s wardrobe, Gibson said the N-word: “You look like a f—— bitch in heat, and if you get raped by a pack of n—–s it’ll be your fault!”
Another racial dig Gibson made, when speaking of a Hispanic employee: “I’ll report her to the f—— people who take f—— money from the wetbacks, OK?”
Gibson’s career has swirled the drain since the release of the tapes, as a cameo role in The Hangover 2 (which could have signaled Hollywood’s acceptance of Gibson post-Oksana scandal) was overwhelmingly nixed by cast and crew.
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