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EXCLUSIVE: Mel Threatened To 'Hit' Baby Lucia After Tree Incident, Oksana Claims

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Aug. 12 2010, Published 11:00 a.m. ET

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Mel Gibson said he would “hit” little Lucia, his eight-month-old daughter, during another explosive blow-up with his ex-lover, according to Oksana Grigorieva’s statements to law enforcement, RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned.

“‘Take her! I will hit her,” Mel reportedly told Oksana, during one of their out-of-control arguments.

As RadarOnline.com first revealed, an incident on February 18 was the catalyst for Oksana to walk out on the Braveheart star, taking their daughter with her.

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Earlier that day, Mel and Oksana gathered in the lush grounds of the actor’s multi-million-dollar Malibu mansion, for a tree-and-placenta planting ceremony in honor of Lucia, who was just three-months-old at the time.

But what should have been a joyous occasion turned ugly, Oksana has claimed, when Mel became angry and accused her of “smiling too much” at the gardener.

“Oksana has recounted that Lucia began crying, so she went back inside — and Mel followed her,” a source, familiar with Oksana’s testimony to authorities, told RadarOnline.com.

“When they got inside, Mel started ridiculing Okana’s accent. In response, she said she rolled her eyes at Mel, which made him even more angry.”

The source said Oksana apologized to Mel and “begged for forgiveness”, simply to stop his rage-filled anger.

Later that afternoon, one of Oksana’s friends came to their house.

According to Oksana, Mel greeted her and began to complain that Oksana was always irritated with him.

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“Oksana said she told Mel that his comment was untrue and that she was only irritated with him when he accused her of smiling too much at the gardener and made fun of her foreign accent,” said the source.

Oksana said: “This set off Mel and he flew into a rage."

In the hours that followed, Mel and Oksana’s three-year relationship reached its crescendo, when a hot-headed Mel returned to the house, after leaving for a break.

“Oksana said Mel told her he needed to leave the house again, in order to show her and Lucia what ‘mean’ really is,” said the source.

“He also supposedly told Oksana, in regards to Lucia, ‘Take her! I will hit her. I have got to go.’”

That was when Oksana decided the time was right to walk out on her Oscar-winning lover for good, taking Lucia to one of Mel’s other properties, in Sherman Oaks, California.

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Oksana had already accused Mel of hitting Lucia and bruising her face during a violent rage.

Mel allegedly struck little Lucia on January 6, the same night he punched her mother.

The 40-year-old Russian beauty was holding the baby when the Lethal Weapon star supposedly slugged her in the face, causing damage to two of her veneers.

As he did this, he also allegedly hit baby Lucia, bruising her chin.

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