EXCLUSIVE! DCFS Insider Believes Mel Is A 'Decent Father,' 'Not Violent,' and Believes Baby 'Was Mishandled Accidentally'

Wed, July 21, 2010 4:07pm EDT by 5 Comments
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A source within the Los Angeles County Dept. of Children and Family Services (DCFS) reveals a surprising take on the Mel Gibson situation — that Mel isn’t a bad father, that he’s not ‘a violent alcoholic,’ that Oksana is using the baby as ‘bait,’ and that the bruise in the photo revealed July 21 was an accident.

A photo of Mel Gibson and Oksana Grigorieva‘s bruised and cut eight-month-old baby Lucia was revealed on RadarOnline.com July 21 — but a Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services insider tells HollywoodLife.com that the Sensitive Case Unit (SCU), which handles high-profile cases like Mel’s, has already seen the photo — and believes that it was an accident.

As HollywoodLife.com first broke, DCFS launched an investigation on Mel and Oksana prior to the tapes leaking online. Mel met with DCFS and was formally interviewed by them July 21, for several hours. Our source, who has more than a decade of experience handling high-profile child custody battles like Mel’s, says,  “I do not believe Mel is not a good father. He’s a drunk. He’s belligerent, yes, but the reality is, this case isn’t that different from any child custody fight. I believe that child was mishandled accidentally.”

The source believes Oksana, 40, is a woman with serious issues and tells us, “Because she didn’t get what she wanted, she wants to vilify this guy. All the money wasn’t worth it to her, she wanted more. It’s sad because she’s using the baby as the bait.”

As for Mel, the DCFS insider says the 54-year-old actor isn’t as filled with rage as the tapes suggest.

“I believe Mel Gibson is just a person who uses name calling techniques as his mechanism when he’s angry,” our sources says, explaining, “I think he’s an old-fashioned yeller and a screamer. I don’t think he’s a violent alcoholic at all.”

The rants and photos might just be leaking onto the Internet now, but our insider says they weren’t a new surprise for the DCFS.

“The Sensitive Case Unit knew about the photo,” says the source. “Oksana had to give the photos over to DCFS a long time ago. [A person] is just leaking them out now [for the public to see].”

Clearly our insider agrees with the assessment of Mel’s ex-wife of more than 30 years, Robyn, who made a declaration in court July 15 that Mel is a fit and sound father. According to our source, the photo didn’t warrant the child being taken away from his parents: “DCFS was in court the other day, but they waited outside because it was being handled by Judge [Scott] Gordon. If there was a situation here, he would have taken the baby away immediately.”

According to Oksana, Mel, 54, punched her in the face and then hit their then-two-month-old baby Lucia during a Jan. 6 altercation, which is proven in the photo showing Lucia with a bruised and cut chin. Our insider says the photo clearly shows a hurt child, but that it might not have been on purpose.

I believe that this child was mishandled accidentally, but no one knows when those photos were taken,” the DCFS source says. “People are going to believe what they want to believe. However, from being in Scott Gordon’s court room, I can tell you there’s a reason he didn’t change the current custody situation.”

Both Oksana and Mel’s lawyer were in courtJuly 15, where the judge decided the Braveheart actor does not pose a threat to his baby daughter. Our source says if DCFS thought Lucia was in danger, it would have taken the case over and LA Superior Court wouldn’t have jurisdiction as it currently does.

“If DCFS takes the case over, then it’s out of the jurisdiction of LA Superior Court and they take precedence,” the source says, explaining, “But obviously there’s no need for that, because Mel and Oksana have been in court in front of Scott Gordon.”

As for the horrific leaked tapes of Mel’s racist and abusive rants at Oksana, our insider says people shouldn’t jump to conclusions too quickly and blame the 54-year-old actor. “Remember, this is supposed to be a sealed case — there’s always a leak, but in this case, there’s a major hemorrhage … They are both using the media to tell their stories.”

– Kirstin Benson

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Boo Hearne Carroll

Posted at 11:42 AM on July 22, 2010  

Isn’t it amazing that with all of the chaos in the world, we Americans are focusing on two people who are part of the problem, not part of the solution? I think Oksana (already overwhelmed with one fatherless child going into puberty) felt Mel Gibson was her ticket to ride the magic red carpet in Hollywood. She knew he was married and had many children. She knew he had issues. She zeroed in on him like a heat-seeking missile. Like any red-blooded man, Mel fell for her. While not Charlize Theron, she isn’t unattractive. I think he fell in love with her and wanted to start a new life with a new wife and family. She probably started asking him for money and favors. After a couple of million dollars worth (I read he spent $5 mil on her recording career) he wised up and started distancing himself from her. When and IF the violence started, this was her cue to exit stage right and get out of Hollywood. Take her son/daughter to London where her ex (husband or boyfriend)Timothy Dalton could help. Maybe he saw the light, too, and ditched her. She does not have a bright future regardless of where she ends up. I pity those two kids who are stuck in the middle of this tar patch. Their lives must be hell. No one is innocent in this mess.

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Milania

Posted at 8:54 PM on July 21, 2010  

On the tapes, he sounded like he was really pissed off at being rejected by her and by being used to obtain money for her singing “career.” I didn’t think he sounded all that abusive, more like she had pushed him over the edge and he was responding in what seems to be his way to vent. Of course he went too far but don’t forget, he offered her $15 Million dollars to basically get out of his life and STFU. She chose to do neither.

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childplease

Posted at 7:39 PM on July 21, 2010  

“They are both using the media..” um… the only thing I’ve heard is from radaronline which has been plastering HER words all over the place.

I’ve not read a peep out of Mr. Gibson.

No one has quoted him, as to his response that, I have heard on this side of the country.

Every reliable source says he and his attorney have no comment at this time and are letting the courts handle it.

And this site, and radar online haven’t posted him as saying anything … except what’s on the sealed tapes…

and honestly, they are behind in updating this, despite being every second from radaronline. The info about the investigation into possible extortion and that Mr. Gibson may be innocent comes from the police… not this site’s supposed inside scoop person. because they can’t be condemningn her for leaking information when essentially… they are doing the same thing.

*eyeroll*

I really gotta get back to living my life and have no idea why I came here, other than to speak up for someone who is innocent until proven guilty, yet so many have already tried, convicted and mentally decapitated the man, based solely on something the National Enquirer cheerleaded them on to do, without, as usual for them, checking the facts and waiting for expert opinion on whether the tape is even authentic.

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childplease

Posted at 7:31 PM on July 21, 2010  

Wait, wait wait… the baby was two months old this morning. Now, you make it sound like it’s 8 months?

And qwerty you are playing right into the woman’s hands. That’s exactly the response she wants to get from people who are not in the know, or possess common sense to not jump to conclusions based on what they don’t know as fact, because they weren’t there.

Fortunately, intelligent people with common sense that don’t rely on the National Enquirer for truth, would rather wait to pass judgment, if they are in ANY position to be passing judgment at all, until all the FACTS and not the GOSSIP is all in.

How can you listen to the tapes and know for a fact they aren’t a product of modern day technology? You an expert?

As I said previously, I can make the Pope, or Billy Graham, or anyone’s voice that is plastered all over the internet say anything I want them to say.

Ridiculous is condemning someone, when you’re not in a position to do anything more than read a gossip rag and hear a recording… over the internet.

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qwerty123

Posted at 6:23 PM on July 21, 2010  

Nice victim-smearing. Is Gibson paying you too?
How can anybody listen to those tapes and not believe he’s abusive? Ridiculous.

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