Mel Gibson's ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva has claimed she feared for her life and thought the Academy Award winner might kill her during a fight.
The Russian-born musician accused 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."
Oksana 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 Oksana. The recordings were made a month after the alleged physical abuse.
Mel's representatives did not participate in the People story and declined to comment on Oksana'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 Oksana's domestic violence claims and turned its results over to prosecutors.
The agency also is investigating Oksana after Mel claimed she tried to extort him. Oksana, 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.
Oksana said in the interview that she hopes her daughter, who turns one later this month, will love and forgive Mel.