LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Oksana Grigorieva is either making up or grossly exaggerating the violence she says she suffered at the hands of actor Mel Gibson in order to get a big pay day, according to her former bodyguard.

In a series of interviews with CBS 2/KCAL 9 anchorwoman Sharon Tay, Kris Herzog says he has personally seen the photos and videos that the former Russian singer and songwriter has compiled on Gibson in her quest to extract a hefty settlement.

“I absolutely believe she made up — either grossly exaggerated or simply completely fabricated almost every single charge against Mel Gibson. To get real big money,” Herzog said.

Grigorieva, 40, and Gibson, 54, share a young daughter, named Lucia. The couple split in April 2010, and the breakup turned nasty when Grigorieva took out a restraining order on Gibson in June. Since then, pictures of Grigorieva’s mangled face and several audio tapes of an angry, ranting Gibson have been released, evidence of Gibson’s domestic violence, according to Grigorieva.

Herzog was hired as Grigorieva’s bodyguard after she split from Gibson. She told Herzog that on Jan. 6, 2010, she returned home from a basketball game to find Gibson upset with her. She alleged that Gibson choked her, punched her several times, pulled out a gun, threatened her and physically chased her out of the house.

The publicized audio tapes, Herzog says, are not the full picture of the estranged couple’s conversations. Herzog says out of four tapes that have been made public, there were more than 40 conversations, many in which Gibson tried to calm Grigorieva down and work things out.

A reported $15 million settlement to Grigorieva wasn’t enough, Herzog says.

“She told me explicitly the reasons she said the things she said and the reason she did the things she did were in fact to get some retribution from Mel Gibson for the perceived wrongs he committed against her,” Herzog said.

Herzog has been subpeonaed by Mel Gibson’s attorney and says he plans to testify because “its the right thing to do.”

Sources close to Grigorieva told Tay as she reported the story that Herzog is “a liar with a criminal record.” Lawyers for both Oksana Grigorieva and Mel Gibson would not comment.

Part 2 of Sharon Tay’s exclusive interview with Kris Herzog airs Friday night at 10 p.m. on KCAL 9 News.

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Comments (21)
  1. Karen says:

    There was never any doubt in my mind that she is a gold-digger. It is disgraceful how Hollywood has treated Mel Gibson because of her. I never believed her at all.

    1. kende says:

      hey karen. those tapes do not lie. no matter what she says or did not say he is a racist and threatened her life. fact

      1. Dispicable grigorieva! says:

        Hey kende..fact: you were not privy to what happened before she hit the record button. What you hear on those tapes is horrible but seem to be strategically recorded for effect!
        Mel being racist is the not what is in question here. Grigorieva’s money grubbing, gold digging, lying, ugly @ss is!
        While I do not condone violence, she needs to be held accountable for fraud! She got pregnant only to trap him and now she wants a big pay day! It doesn’t take a genius to see that! Moreover, she is a disgusting and dispicable human being for using domestic violence as a front for her greed! It’s no wonder domestic violence groups don’t want to work with her…she’s a fraud!!!

      2. sally says:

        Must be nice to be so perfect kende. I’ll bet you would never raise your voice or use an expletive if you were being blackmailed and extorted for everything in your life including your daughter.

      3. Bobbi says:

        What part of EDITED don’t you understand??

      4. JR says:

        kende – the way tapes can be edited and put together can make a person look any way that you want them to….

  2. S. Holmes says:

    Maybe someone got to him for a big payoff.

  3. Jennie says:

    kende, did you hear what the bodyguard said? He said that Oksana told him there was something like 40 conversations in one day and that we heard just 9 tapes!

    That means that those conversations were heavily edited.

    He also said that she was looking for “Tiger Woods” money, meaning a hell of a lot more than the $15 million!

  4. Susan B. says:

    What’s the difference between a mosquito and Oksana Grigorieva? One is a bloodsucking parasite, the other is an insect.

  5. cluetrain says:

    If you plug the keyword “gold digger” into the Google search box, Oksana Grigorieva’s name is a top ten result. Poetic justice?

  6. gregory says:

    Balloon Boy was biggest media hoax of the last decade until Oksana came along.

  7. rosita2 says:

    Tapes were clearly edited to cut out inflammatory remarks by Oksana. She was obviously goading and provoking Mel Gibson and then recording it for a shakedown. The fact that the mainstream media blindly believed what an online gossip rag like Radar Online reported is truly discouraging.

  8. trust_agent says:

    When Mel Gibson is acquitted from the domestic abuse charges, he should emerge from the courthouse & yell “FREEDOM!” just like in Braveheart.

  9. Doug says:

    Mel Gibson doesn’t need the Hollywood machine to get back on his feet. He’s already succeeded quite brilliantly “outside the system.”

  10. Peter says:

    She is a liar. Has told so many lies and inconsistencies in her stories, nobody with a brain believes her.
    She lied on Larry King Live, right to Larrys face.
    She lied in the People Mag. intgerview.
    All to get at Mel Gibsons cash, as the bodyguard said.
    Jail her already and throw away the key.

    1. wendy says:

      Good point. The Larry King interview was a complete lark. Larry did no prep work whatsoever for that particular show and Oksana basked in his ignorance. What ever happened to unbiased reporting? When it comes to Mel Gibson, it does not seem to exist as the mainstream media takes their lead from Radar Online rather than doing any real investigating.

  11. Eva says:

    Sharon thank you that was a very interesting interview
    where we could find and listen part 2?

  12. OLYMPE says:

    Sharon, when herzog said “for the perceived wrong that he commited against her” you shoudl havre aksed him “what wrongss??”
    There is some discrepencies here. I beleive that Mel Gibson told her to pack her things and leave that night and didnt wanted to se her again, becasue not only he wasnt the father of Lucia, he knew so since November 12, 2009, but had just discover that oksana was not the mother fo Lucia either! She had bought that baby to can extort him wiht it!
    Herzog must know something about it.

    1. Sandy says:

      Don’t you know what a DNA test is??

      It’s been done!

      Stop your stupid lies and get over yourself!

  13. Abe says:

    The woman has never worked a day in her life! She has a clear record of mooching off wealthy men, having anchor babies, threatening them, and then extorting them just to get the steady flow of cash. She has shown contempt for the justice system, by repeatedly lying to the judge and by ignoring his warnings. And Herzog says he has the proof to expose her. Great news!

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