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Recordings of Mel Gibson held by Oksana Grigorieva may not be played in court, a lawyer has said

Recordings of Mel Gibson held by Oksana Grigorieva may not be played in court, a lawyer has said

Recordings of Mel Gibson held by Oksana Grigorieva may not be played in court, a lawyer has said

A series of Mel Gibson's racist and sexist rants might not be used as evidence during an ongoing child custody dispute, a lawyer for his ex-girlfriend has told a judge in Los Angeles.

The disclosure comes a week after Oksana Grigorieva's lawyer told the court that his client was dropping her claims that the actor physically abused her for the purposes of a case over the custody and care of their infant daughter.

The lawyer's comments came after Gibson's lawyer complained that he had been trying to get access to the Russian musician's laptop for nearly a year to find out more about the recordings.

Oksana is no longer seeking a domestic violence restraining order against Gibson and the rants were more important to those allegations than any other aspects of the case.

The recordings, which were leaked to the celebrity website RadarOnline.com, included misogynistic statements about Oksana by the Oscar-winner and also several racial slurs. The tapes were reviewed by authorities who eventually charged Gibson with domestic violence battery, but have never been played in open court.

The Braveheart star pleaded no contest to the battery charge and was placed on probation and ordered to undergo counselling.

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