Date: 9th July 2010

Gibson in Domestic Violence Probe

The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department has opened a domestic violence investigation into accusations that the Passion of the Christ auteur punched out his ex-girlfriend/baby mama Oksana Grigorieva earlier this year during an ugly confrontation.

"We have spoken to the alleged victim," spokesman Lt. Steve Whitmore tells E! News. "The investigation officially began Monday and we are in the preliminary stages."

No other details were revealed, including what sort of evidence—audio or otherwise—the police are working with. Whitman also would not say whether Gibson had been questioned yet.

Word of domestic abuse first surfaced last week after RadarOnline reported that it had obtained recordings of an allegedly violent Jan. 6 confrontation between the 54-year-old Gibson and 40-year-old musician Grigorieva, as she held the ex-couple's 9-month-old daughter, Lucia.

Source: Press Release