Mel Gibson Says He Slapped, Not Punched, Oksana in a Fit of Hysteria After months of Oksana Grigorieva claiming abuse by Mel Gibson during their relationship, Mel's sworn declaration, obtained by TMZ, tells a different story.

Though Oksana alleges punches to the face and lost teeth courtesy of an enraged Mel, Gibson's testimony reads: "I slapped Oksana one time with an open hand in an attempt to bring her back to reality. I did not slap her hard, I was just trying to shock her so that she would stop screaming, continuing shaking Lucia back and forth."

Lucia is the couple's baby daughter. According to Mel, a "hysterical" Oksana grabbed the child from a bassinet in the middle of a dispute with Gibson; the actor became worried for the baby's safety. Mel says Oksana was "swinging Lucia erratically in her arms, jerking her body from side to side to keep Lucia out of my reach."