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Court may not hear Mel Gibson’s taped rants

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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 told a Los Angeles judge.

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

Mr Horowitz's comments came after Gibson's lawyer, Stephen Kolodny, 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. Mr Horowitz noted that Ms Grigorieva 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 Ms Grigorieva by Gibson and also several racial slurs.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon agreed to a brief delay, but ordered the case to proceed on June 23.

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