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Gibson in domestic violence probe

entertainment Updated: Jul 10, 2010 14:58 IST
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Hollywood actor Mel Gibson has landed in trouble with an investigation launched against him, for domestic violence against former lover Oksana Grigorieva.

"An investigation of domestic violence was launched by [Los Angeles Sheriff's] Malibu/Lost Hills station detectives... involving actor Mel Gibson and his former girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva," said a statement from the police department here.

The statement referred to an incident between the couple which took place on January 6, earlier this year.Mel Gibson

The Russian beauty alleged in a restraining order filed June 25 that the 54-year-old actor punched her in the face "more than once" on that day, causing a broken tooth, knocking out a veneer and causing a concussion, People reported online.

Gibson and the 40-year-old singer Grigorieva are engaged in a bitter custody dispute over their 8-month-old daughter, Lucia.

"The detective in charge of the investigation is currently gathering information regarding the allegations. Due to the investigation being preliminary in nature, no other information is available at this time," the statement said.

According to Los Angeles Sheriff's Department spokesman Steve Whitmore, police started the investigation process after being contacted by Grigorieva.

"The allegations were brought to our attention from the alleged victim. We interviewed her on Monday. We were first contacted several days before that. When the investigation is completed, which could take up to a month, we will then turn the case over to the district attorney's office for consideration, which is a routine procedure," he said.

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