Po­lice probe Mel Gib­son’s ‘an­gry tirade’ at Oz pho­tog­ra­pher

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Po­lice were in­ves­ti­gat­ing claims on Mon­day that con­tro­ver­sial Hol­ly­wood star Mel Gib­son al­legedly shoved and ver­bally abused an Aus­tralian pho­tog­ra­pher dur­ing an an­gry al­ter­ca­tion.

Kristi Miller, a news pho­tog­ra­pher with Syd­ney’s Daily Tele­graph, said she had taken two pic­tures of Gib­son leav­ing a movie theater in the city with Ros­alind Ross, 24, on Sun­day evening when the ac­tor ag­gres­sively con­fronted her.

“I took two frames and then I ran to get in front of them,” she told the news­pa­per.

“I turned around with my back to them and ran for­ward and the next thing I knew he had shoved me in the back from be­hind.”

Miller de­scribed the ac­tor as “out of con­trol” as he charged af­ter her, spit­ting in her face and call­ing her a “dog.”

“I was just shocked that I was be­ing pushed, shoved in the back,” she claimed.

New South Wales po­lice said they were in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent but did not spec­ify what, if any, charges were be­ing pur­sued.

“Po­lice were told a man be­came in­volved in an al­ter­ca­tion with a pho­tog­ra­pher. He al­legedly pushed the pho­tog­ra­pher,” they said in state­ment to AFP.

“We would urge any­one who might have wit­nessed the in­ci­dent and is yet to speak to po­lice to come for­ward.”

Gib­son’s man­age­ment

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the United States de­nied any phys­i­cal con­tact be­tween the star of “Brave­heart” and “Lethal Weapon” and the pho­to­graph her.

“There was no phys­i­cal con­tact what­so­ever with this pho­tog­ra­pher, who was ha­rass­ing my client and his friend,” the ac­tor’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Alan Nierob, told the Tele­graph in an email.

Miller al­leged Gib­son, 59 con­tin­ued to lash out at her un­til he was led away by an apolo­getic Ross.

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