But Oksana claims that Mel “punched her in the temple and in the mouth, knocking out two teeth”.
Nevertheless, Gibson has a very different story to tell: during one of their fights, Oksana grabbed Lucia and screamed: “Stop yelling or you will make her into a retarded brain damaged idiot!”
Afterwards, Oksana took Lucia backyard, where at night is dangerous due to different levels of the ground, and then came back inside the house and “started swinging Lucia erratically in her arms, jerking her body from side to side to keep Lucia out of my reach.”
Mel also said that Oksana’s “rapid movements were causing Lucia’s little body to be flung from one side to the other, her head shaking violently.”
During this event, Mel feared for the baby’s life and admitted that: “I slapped Oksana one time with an open hand in an attempt to bring her back to reality. I did not slap her hard, I was just trying to shock her so that she would stop screaming, continuing shaking Lucia back and forth.”
The actor continued adding that “I did not hit Oksana with a closed fist, as she alleges. I did not ever punch her in the face or in the temple or anywhere else, not then or at any other time.”
“While I do not believe I handled the situation as well as I should have, I was worried about the rough way Oksana was shaking and tossing Lucia around,” adding, “My hand never touched any part of Lucia.”