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Grigorieva Says She Feared For Her Life

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(Credit: AP)

(Credit: AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mel Gibson’s ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva says she feared for her life and thought the Academy Award winner might kill her during a fight earlier this year.

The 40-year-old musician also tells People magazine in a story published Wednesday that she did not leak audio purportedly of Gibson in a series of racist and misogynistic rants.

Grigorieva offers her account of a January argument during which she claims Gibson hit and choked her.

She didn’t report the alleged abuse until months later, and a potential case against the actor-director has been turned over to prosecutors.

Authorities also are investigating Grigorieva for alleged extortion.

The former couple have been locked in a bitter custody battleover their infant daughter.

(©2010 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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