Mel Gibson Recording May Not Fly in Court

Ex must prove she recorded phone call to help police, not profit
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 16, 2010 2:50 PM CDT
FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2010 file photo, Mel Gibson and Oksana Grigorieva arrive at the "Edge Of Darkness" Premiere in Paris.   (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon, file)

(Newser) – The alleged recordings of a profane argument between Mel Gibson and ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva may not be admissible evidence in court, the LA Times reports. The recordings, which have spread across the Internet, contain a section during which the male caller admits having hit the woman, saying she "deserved" it.

The tape would seem to close the book on the investigation into an incident of domestic violence involving Gibson and Grigorieva, but both parties must consent to having a conversation recorded for it to be used as evidence. The recording in question, which contains vile obscenities and threats, hardly seems to have been made with the public in mind. Nonetheless, experts say there is an exception for the victims of violence—as long as they can prove in court that the recording was made to assist police, not to sell for profit.

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