Saturday 26 May 2018

Gibson denies shoving and spitting at female photographer

Mel Gibson. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Mel Gibson. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Flynn Murphy

Actor Mel Gibson has denied shoving a female photographer, with his publicist dismissing the claims as "complete fabrication".

The Oscar-winner is alleged to have pushed, shouted at and spat on News Corp photographer Kristi Miller after she took his picture with girlfriend Rosalind Ross, a former equestrian vaulter. The altercation took place as the couple left an Israeli Film Festival in the inner Sydney suburb of Paddington on Sunday at 6.20pm.

Ms Miller (39) told the story to Sydney's 'Daily Telegraph', for which she works. "I took a photo of Mel and his girlfriend and when I turned around he shoved my back really hard," she said. "It shocked me because I wasn't expecting it. I don't know if it was his hands or elbow."

She says Mr Gibson called her a "c***" and a "dog" and said she would go to hell.

"He was spitting in my face as he was yelling at me, calling me a dog, saying I'm not even a human being and I will go to hell. It was non-stop, he didn't even breathe," Ms Miller told the paper.

In a statement, Mr Gibson's spokesman said: "Basically Mr Gibson and his friend were being harassed by this photographer and he asked her repeatedly to stop, which she did not. There was never any physical contact whatsoever and the story being told by her is complete fabrication of the truth," the statement said.

Local police confirmed they are investigating the incident.

Irish Independent

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