By Jeff Labrecque
November 15, 2010 at 07:12 PM EST

In court documents, Mel Gibson admitted to slapping the mother of his daughter, Oksana Grigorieva, but only to snap her out of a fit of hysteria that endangered his 2-month-old, Lucia. Grigorieva had previously contended that Gibson punched her in the face and threatened to kill her during an altercation that led to police to open an investigation. In papers obtained by TMZ, Gibson describes the January 2010 incident that led to the accusations. According to the actor, Grigorieva grabbed their daughter out of her bassinet and threatened to “make her into a retarded brain damaged idiot” if Gibson would not stop yelling at her to leave his house. Gibson claimed that Grigorieva held Lucia between them as their argument escalated, and he feared Lucia might suffer “shaken baby syndrome” as her mother became more hysterical. He denied hitting Grigorieva with a closed fist, insisting his slap was only intended to “bring her back to reality.”

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