Mel Gibson Spits Another Racial Slur in Newly Released Recording

Mel Gibson threatens ex-girlfriend's nanny, apparently admits abuse in new tape.

July 13, 2010, 4:19 AM

July 13, 2010 — -- Mel Gibson's latest meltdown is getting messier by the day.

In the latest audio recording of a fight between the actor and Oksana Grigorieva, the mother of his 8-month-old daughter, Gibson spits yet another racial slur, this time using a term intended to insult Latinos while talking about their nanny.

"She won't be there for long," Gibson said in the recording obtained by RadarOnline and heard first on ABC's "Good Morning America."

"I will fire [name redacted] if she's at your house. I will make it known and fire her. I'll report her to the f*****g people that take f*****g money from the w******s, ok?"

The expletive Gibson utters is a derogatory term for people of Latino heritage, especially Mexican illegal immigrants in the United States.

The recording is part of a long-winded war of words between Gibson and Grigorieva, part of which was released Monday by RadarOnline.

In the recording released Monday, Gibson apparently admitted that he hit Grigorieva, which could prove to be crucial evidence in a domestic violence investigation being conducted by the Los Angeles Police Department.

Grigorieva remains oddly calm through most of the recording, suggesting that Gibson get medication and insisting she doesn't want his money. But at one point, she brings up the January fight in which Gibson allegedly broke her teeth, which was the impetus for her filing a restraining order against him last month.

"You were hitting a woman with a child in her hands," she says. "What kind of man is that? Breaking her teeth, twice ... what kind of man is that?"

In response, Gibson tells Grigorieva "you deserved it," and implies that he's capable of killing her.

Mel Gibson Admits Domestic Violence

"I'll put you in a f*****g rose garden you c**t," he screamed. "You understand that? Because I'm capable of it. You understand that?"

Hoarse and at points panting, Gibson tells Grigorieva, "You need a f*****g bat in the side of the head," "You need a f*****g soul," and "You don't have any f*****g friends except me," and "You're a f*****g whore -- now, I own you."

At one point, he growled at her, "You get it now? You get what mean is?"

According to family law attorney Bill Beslow, the recording could get Gibson arrested on domestic violence charges.

"The statement itself is entirely consistent with the notion that he had committed domestic violence," Beslow, who has no connection to the case, said on "GMA" today.

It will also impact Gibson and Grigorieva's bitter custody battle. Gibson, 54, and Grigorieva, 40, are fighting in court over 8-month-old Lucia. The couple split up in April after dating for more than a year.

She filed for a restraining order against Gibson in June, claiming that he hit her at his Malibu home in January while arguing in front of their daughter. Sources close to the Russian-born singer claim that Gibson punched her in the face and broke her teeth.

"It will cause enormous damage," Beslow said of the audio recordings. "It will show him to be a person that in whom the court cannot entrust with the welfare of a young child."

The recordings released of Gibson this week follow transcripts published by RadarOnline last week of the actor telling his ex-girlfriend that the way she dressed makes her look like a "pig in heat" and if she gets "raped by a pack of n*****s, it will be your fault."

Career Ending Controversy for Mel Gibson?

Beyond criminal and civil problems, Gibson's now public rants could spell the end of his Hollywood career. He survived his last public relations nightmare four years ago, but this one could prove too toxic even for Hollywood.

When Gibson's last scandal involving an anti-Semitic rant made headlines, his film "Apocalypto," which he directed, was scheduled for release. This time, Gibson has another film waiting in the wings. But now, he's the star.

In "The Beaver," Gibson plays a loner who talks to a beaver puppet on his hand. It's a quirky independent film that has long been a "passion project" for many in Hollywood, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Jodie Foster, who directed and co-stars in the project, brought her friend Gibson on board. "Twilight" producer Summit Entertainment, which signed on as distributor, planned to release it later this year, rolling it out for the fall festival circuit.

The fate of the film remains unclear, notwithstanding the potential awkwardness of publicizing a film with "Beaver" in the title and Gibson as its star.

PR guru Howard Bragman told "GMA" that Summit is "stuck with this film, and I don't think they know what to do with this thing."

But Bragman doesn't believe anyone should feel sorry for Gibson.

"Let's not feel really bad for Mel Gibson," he said. "He's reportedly worth more than a billion dollars."

Even so, he'll have to find another agent to represent him. Since Gibson's agent Ed Limato, who also repped Kevin Costner and Denzel Washington, died, he has been dropped by Ari Emanuel's William Morris Endeavor Entertainment.

"It's hardly surprising," Bragman said. "First of all, Ari Emanuel was one of the first people to criticize after his anti-Semitic remark in 2006. There was no love lost there to begin with."

But as audio recordings of his rants continue to leak, Gibson will have bigger problems than his career. Bragman believes the actor-director should be more worried about "possibly going to jail" than his reputation.

"I think a lot of this is going to leak out," he said. "I don't think this is over for Mel. Being quiet is probably the smartest PR strategy that he can do."

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