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Why did Oksana tape Mel's phone rants?

Mel Gibson's ex girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva has finally opened up about her public battle with the actor. The Russian beauty revealed that she taped Gibson's calls because she...

entertainment Updated: Jul 31, 2010 16:51 IST

Mel Gibson's ex Oksana Grigorieva has finally opened up about her ongoing, public battle with the actor.

Grigorieva’s battle with Gibson includes the custody fight over daughter Lucia, the harrowing audiotapes and disturbing photos alleging physical abuse.

"I''m devastated. Everybody''s devastated," quoted Grigorieva, 40, as telling Radaronline in her first extended interview since the scandal broke a few weeks ago.

"I think Mel, basically, is trivializing domestic violence.

"It is unfair that by standing up to somebody -- and speaking out -- I am being victimized all over again. He has hurt so many people," she added.

She also explained why she taped the shocking, obscenity-laced phone calls and voicemails from Gibson that have stormed the web.

Mel Gibson"Because I didn't think I was going to make it through the night," she said.

"Everything, by the way, this is really important, all the tapes that you hear on the Internet, all of them were recorded that one night...The tapes, as you call them, the voicemails, everything was recorded that night because I was in fear for my life. I really did not think I was going to make it," she said.

First Published: Jul 31, 2010 12:49 IST