Los Angeles: Mel Gibson`s ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva said she feared the Academy Award winner might kill her during a fight earlier this year, giving her first public account of an argument she claims turned violent.
The Russian-born musician accuses the "Braveheart" star of hitting and choking her and claims he had a gun during the January confrontation.
"I was scared for my life and my daughter`s," she told People magazine in a story published Wednesday. "I thought he would kill me."
Grigorieva also told the magazine she did not leak now-famous tapes purportedly of the actor in a series of racist and misogynistic rants. Audio of the actor-director`s rants was leaked to celebrity website RadarOnline.com, which has said the tapes did not come from Grigorieva.
The recordings were made a month after the alleged physical abuse.
Gibson`s representatives did not participate in the People story and declined to comment on Grigorieva`s interview.
She did not report the alleged abuse to authorities until months later, after the couple broke up and became embroiled in a bitter custody dispute over their infant daughter. The Los Angeles County Sheriff`s Department has completed an investigation into Grigorieva`s domestic violence claims and turned its results over to prosecutors.
The agency also is investigating Grigorieva after Gibson claimed she tried to extort him.
Grigorieva, who is living in a home provided by the actor, said she didn`t immediately report the violence in part because she didn`t want to humiliate him. But she told the magazine that she now is fighting her ex-boyfriend for her daughter.
"I`m standing up to a bully who is very rich and famous," she said.
Grigorieva said in the interview that she hopes her daughter, who turns 1 later this month, will love and forgive Gibson.