October 6, 2010 / 3:57 PM / 8 years ago

Mel Gibson's ex-lover says she feared for her life

Actor Mel Gibson (R) and Oksana Grigorieva pose during the Spanish premiere of the film "Edge of Darkness" in Madrid February 1, 2010. REUTERS/Juan Medina

NEW YORK (Reuters Life) - Mel Gibson’s ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva has claimed that the Hollywood actor and director was abusive toward her and she feared for her life.

“I thought he would kill me,” the Russian-born model and singer told People magazine about one argument during which she said Gibson hit her while she was holding their baby daughter.

They are engaged in a bitter custody battle over their child.

Gibson declined to be interviewed for the story, the magazine said, but has disputed her account.

Grigorieva, 40, admits she made audiotapes of phone calls from Gibson in which he appears to threaten his former lover but she denies leaking them to the media.

She said Gibson often flew into jealous rages, talked about suicide and once brandished a gun in front of her. But now she said, “I’m not angry at him.”

Los Angeles police have been investigating Grigorieva for possible extortion and Gibson on suspicion of domestic abuse. No charges have been filed.

The 54-year-old Gibson and Grigorieva split up earlier this year after having a baby following the end of the “Braveheart” star’s 28-year marriage.

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