Actor-director Mel Gibson has strongly denied attacking a female photographer in Australia. He insists that she was the one who was invading his personal space and disrespecting him instead.
A news photographer in Australia had earlier claimed that she was verbally and physically abused by Gibson, but the latter insists that it was the other way around. News Corp Australia photographer Kristi Miller claims Mel Gibson was with his 24-year-old girlfriend, Rosalind Ross, outside the Palace Verona cinema, and she was assigned to take a few photographs of the star.
But halfway through the shoot, Gibson allegedly turned violent and launched into a expletive-laden rant, before shoving Miller from behind, causing her take a nasty fall, reported the Telegraph. Narrating her side of the story, Miller had said as follows.
“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 nonstop, he didn’t even breathe. I thought he was going to punch me in the face.”
Gibson’s spokesperson, Alan Nierob, incidentally, gave a very different version of events, stating that his client never touched Miller. On the contrary, he said it was the photographer who got a little too close for comfort.
“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 a complete fabrication of the truth.”
Confirming they are indeed investigating such a case, NSW, Australia, police issued a statement that reads as follows.
“About 6:20 last night a man became involved in an altercation with a photographer outside a cinema on Oxford Street Paddington and allegedly pushed the female photographer.”
While it is common for photographers to struggle, wriggle and do anything possible to get as close to their target as possible, Miller is certainly not a novice. She confirmed that she has been a hard news photographer for 21 years and has shot, among others, former president Bill Clinton, reported Washington Post.
“Gibson was completely red in the face and out of control, and told me I need to get a new job. He’s a celebrity. I just didn’t expect that from him. I’ve covered courts … you kind of expect it from those people.”
Interestingly, Miller claims it was Rosalind Ross who swooped in and restrained Mel Gibson and apologized to her, while dragging him away, reported People. The police investigation is still ongoing, and there could be more to the story as facts surface.
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