Mel Gibson will not face assault charges, say Australian police

Mel Gibson will not face assault charges, say Australian police

Police in Australia say they do not intend to charge Oscar-winning director Mel Gibson over an allegation that he shoved and abused a photographer who snapped pictures of him and his new girlfriend.

Daily Telegraph staff photographer Kristi Miller complained to police about the August 23 altercation with Gibson after he and girlfriend Rosalind Ross were photographed leaving a movie in Paddington, Sydney.

Police said in a statement that the matter was "investigated thoroughly" and, based on the evidence gathered, "no formal action will be taken".

Gibson's Sydney lawyer Christopher Murphy was informed of the police decision and his publicist said: "Mel Gibson has totally denied from the onset these disgraceful allegations."

The actor-director's films include Braveheart, the Lethal Weapon series and recently The Expendables franchise.

The incident happened as Gibson, 59, and Ms Ross, 24, were photographed leaving an Israeli Film Festival screening of Matti Caspi - Confession at the Palace Verona Cinemas.

A statement from Gibson's publicist said: "The police, after speaking to witnesses and reviewing CCTV footage and other evidence, have found there is no substance to the claim."

Ms Miller told Australia's Daily Telegraph she had turned away from Gibson after taking his photo before he shoved her in the back. He then abused her until Ms Ross intervened by grabbing his shoulder, she alleged.

"I thought he was going to punch me in the face," she told the Sydney-based newspaper the day after the incident.

Gibson, who has a history of angry tirades, is in Sydney to direct Second World War drama Hacksaw Ridge.

More in this Section

Acclaimed animator who created Roger Rabbit dies aged 86Acclaimed animator who created Roger Rabbit dies aged 86

Madonna marks 61st birthday with three nights of celebrationMadonna marks 61st birthday with three nights of celebration

Peter Fonda: the actor who defined counterculture on screenPeter Fonda: the actor who defined counterculture on screen

Jane Fonda leads tributes to brother Peter after his death aged 79Jane Fonda leads tributes to brother Peter after his death aged 79


Lifestyle

Italy is a volatile place as you probably know, not just the passions of its people but is a place of active volcanos and frequent earthquakes. One of the most devastating earthquakes in recent years was the one that struck the Amatrice region in 2016.Wine with Leslie Williams: Some tasty Italian selections

It’s confirmed, being a dog owner is good for you. Esther McCarthy spoke to four celebrities about pride in their pooches.Animal magnetism: Celebrities and their treasured pets

We recently began watching a new sitcom called, ‘The Kids Are Alright’. It follows an American family in the early seventies as they raise eight sons.Lindsay Woods: I’m a dormant individual by nature but my children are adrenaline junkies

Rosscarbery antiques fair offers plenty of variety, writes Des O’Sullivan.See the value of rare notes and diamonds

More From The Irish Examiner