Mel Gibson has denied claims that he pushed a photographer during an altercation in Sydney yesterday.
Kristi Miller, who works for the Daily Telegraph in Australia, said that Gibson confronted her after she was sent to get pictures of him attending a film screening.
But after taking just a few pictures, Miller says that Gibson became aggressive and ‘shoved’ her in the back, before unleashing verbal abuse.
“He was spitting in my face as he was yelling at me, calling me a dog, saying I’m not even a human being and I will go to hell,” she told the Telegraph.
“He swore and called me a c**t. It was non-stop, he didn’t even breathe.”
Gibson has said that he was being harrassed, and that any physical contact is 'complete fabrication’.
“Basically Mr. Gibson and his friend were being harassed by this photographer and he asked her repeatedly to stop, which she did not,” said Gibson’s publicist Alan Nierob.
“There was never any physical contact whatsoever and the story being told by her is a complete fabrication of the truth.”
But Miller, a mother of three who has been a news photographer for 21 years, said that Gibson 'lost control’ during the incident, and was 'completely red in the face’.
She added that it was Gibson’s girlfriend who pulled him away from her, and apologised for him.
“He’s a celebrity,” she said. “I just didn’t expect that from him. I’ve covered courts… you kind of expect it from those people.”
Police have said that they are looking at CCTV footage to determine whether an assault had taken place.
“At some stage we would request to interview Mr. Gibson’s partner who appears to be a witness,” said police superintendent Tony Crandell.
Gibson, famously, has form in this area.
In 2006, he unleashed a tirade of anti-semitic abuse after he was pulled over on suspicion of drink driving in Los Angeles.
He said at the time: “After drinking alcohol on Thursday night, I did a number of things that were very wrong and for which I am ashamed.
“The arresting officer was just doing his job and I feel fortunate that I was apprehended before I caused injury to any other person. I acted like a person completely out of control when I was arrested, and said things that I do not believe to be true and which are despicable.”
Meanwhile, recordings emerged in 2010 of abusive messages he left for ex-wife Oksana Grigorieva.
Such is Gibson’s hatred of the paparazzi, he also produced a film in 2004 called 'Paparazzi’, in which an actor takes murderous revenge on a pack of photographers who harass his family.
His next project will be behind the camera, directing Andrew Garfield, Vince Vaughn and Sam Worthington in war drama ‘Hacksaw Ridge’.
It starts shooting in New South Wales next month.
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