By Kate Ward
Updated July 15, 2010 at 09:43 PM EDT

Robyn Gibson, Mel Gibson’s ex-wife, issued a declaration in support of the actor to the judge tasked with overseeing the custody battle between Gibson and ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, People reports. Said Robyn to the judge, “Mel never engaged in any physical abuse of any kind toward me before, during, or after our marriage…Mel was a wonderful and loving father.” The actor and his former wife split in early 2009. Also present at the hearing were detectives from various divisions — Commercial Crimes, Special Victims Unit, etc. — as well as a rep from the L.A. Department of Children and Family Services. Steve Whitmore, the spokesperson for the L.A. Sheriff’s Department, told People that officials are eager to speak with Gibson about the allegations: “We want to interview him just like everyone else involved in this investigation…the tapes will be analyzed by our detectives. But they are not the central focus of the investigation, they’re just part and parcel of it.”

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