Mel Gibson Being Investigated for Domestic Violence

After letting mouth get him in hot water, Mel Gibson might be in serious legal trouble because of his fists.

Police have now opened an investigation into whether Gibson assaulted his baby mama, Oksana Grigorieva. According to a statement issued by law-enforcement officials on Thursday,

“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. 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.”

Though a tape of Gibson allegedly admitting to the assault leaked to the media on Wednesday, police decided to open the investigation after interviewing Grigorieva on Monday, according to Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department spokesman Steve Whitmore:

“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.”

The alleged incident occurred on January 6, 2010. Though Grigorieva claims that Gibson punched her in the face “more than once” while she was holding their infant daughter, Lucia, a source close to Gibson contradicts the account, claiming that the Passion of the Christ honcho was merely trying to prevent Grigorieva from shaking the child “like a ragdoll.”

The couple broke up earlier this year, and have since filed restraining orders against each other.