Austin American-Statesman - - TUESDAYBRIEFING -

Mel Gib­son is heard ap­par­ently ac­knowl­edg­ing that he hit the mother of his 8month-old daugh­ter in a record­ing re­leased Mon­day by a celebrity news web­site.

The eight-minute record­ing posted by RadarOn­line. com is pur­port­edly of a phone ar­gu­ment be­tween Gib­son and then-girl­friend

Ok­sana Grig­orieva. A voice sound­ing dis­tinc­tively like Gib­son’s is heard telling Grig­orieva that she “de­served” to be hit.

“What kind of a man is that?” she is heard say­ing. “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?”

“Oh, you’re all an­gry now!” the per­son be­lieved to be Gib­son re­sponds. “You know what, you … (ex­ple­tive) de­served it!”

A spokesman for Gib­son de­clined to com­ment. A Los An­ge­les County sher­iff’s spokesman said in­ves­ti­ga­tors will eval­u­ate the record­ings.

A record­ing posted last week in­cluded com­ments said to be from Gib­son telling Grig­orieva that she was dress­ing too provoca­tively and that it would be her fault if she were raped.

Mel Gib­son

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