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Mel Gibson's ex denies extortion claims

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Oksana Grigorieva
London (ANI): A representative for Mel Gibson's ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva has slammed allegations that she attempted to extort 6.6 million pounds from her famous lover to keep recordings of his telephone rants under the wraps. The former couple, who split earlier this year (10), is embroiled in a bitter battle over custody of their young daughter, Lucia.

And in the public fall out, Grigorieva has accused the 'Braveheart" star of hitting her during heated arguments. She has even released audio footage of telephone calls in which the actor can allegedly be heard hurling abuse and vile threats at his partner.

Gibson's lawyers have denied the attack allegations and lodged an official complaint with police, accusing Grigorieva of trying to blackmail the star for a big cash payout in exchange for the audio footage. But Grigorieva's rep, Stephen Jaffe, has claimed that his client is innocent.

"To specifically address the allegations, my client, Ms. Grigorieva, has repeatedly stated that there is no credible evidence whatsoever of extortion by her, and she stands steadfastly by that statement," the Daily Star quoted him as saying.

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