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Mel Gibson's ex-girlfriend talks about domestic abuse allegations

By Alan Duke, CNN
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Oksana Grigorieva tells Larry King she tried to forgive Gibson
  • Her interview with King is the first about her dispute with Gibson
  • Gibson and Grigorieva return to court Monday

Los Angeles, California (CNN) -- Mel Gibson's ex-girlfriend talked about the couple's bitter breakup and the court fight over custody of their 1-year-old daughter in an interview set to air Wednesday night on CNN's "Larry King Live."

It is Oksana Grigorieva's first in-depth television interview about her domestic violence accusations against the actor.

She said she tried to forgive Gibson for an incident last January in which she says he "assaulted me while I was still holding the baby in my arms."

"I forgave him in a couple of weeks' time after the first, you know, severe beating that, you know, he struck me twice with his fist and then he was choking me and whilst I was holding Lucia and not protecting myself," Grigorieva said.

She said her 12-year-old son with actor Timothy Dalton witnessed the incident.

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"Then we went on towards the pool and he had been screaming and yelling and then he told us, you know, to get the 'f' out and went to get the gun," she said. "And I asked my son to get in the car and that's how we left the 6th of January and from then on every day he was apologizing."

Gibson's lawyer declined to give a public response to Grigorieva's claims, citing confidentiality requirements in a family law case.

Grigorieva denied that she leaked recordings of phone calls from Gibson that were published by a gossip website.

Gibson and Grigorieva will be together again in a Los Angeles courtroom Monday in the custody battle for daughter Lucia.

The Los Angeles County district attorney is considering evidence gathered by sheriff's investigator to decide if a domestic violence case will be made against Gibson, according to a spokeswoman for the prosecutor.

Detectives are also investigating Gibson's charge that Grigorieva tried to extort him with the phone recordings, a sheriff's spokesman said.

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