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    Fri, 16 Jul 2010 10:12:46

    Mel Gibson's Lawyers Dispute Authenticity of "The Tapes" - Some experts say they were doctored; RadarOnline disagrees

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    Popeater is reporting that Mel Gibson's lawyers are calling the tapes of Gibson ranting, shouting instant classic quotables like "You should just fucking smile…AND BLOW ME" as he pants, growls, snorts and seethes with rage and heavy breathing, among other explicit, racist commentary. His ex-girlfriend and baby mama Oksana Grigorieva secretly recorded the tapes earlier this year and Gibson's team of legal eagles claim they were tampered with and edited, which would make them inadmissible in court and could get Grigorieva in a world of trouble.

    In case you've been residing under a rock, five tapes of Gibson screaming threats and obscenities at his ex have been released by RadarOnline and have ignited water cooler discussions. The one and only Howard Stern, the numero uno radio DJ in the world, has been playing them on his satellite radio show and while they are hilarious, the comments made by Grigorieva on the tapes sound doctored, I must admit. I don't doubt that it is Gibson losing his fucking mind on the tapes, but they do sound somewhat edited, since there is a real lack of flow, especially with Grigorieva's calm commentary. It sounds like it is spliced in.

    While RadarOnline backs the tapes and says they are authentic, Arlo E. West, president and CEO of Creative Forensic Services, INC., and one of the nation's leading certified forensic audio and video experts, told PopEater that the Gibson tapes are altered copies. West, who has listened to all of the tapes, says there are gaps and fading, which are "red flags" that the recordings have been altered and therefore "cannot be considered accurate." If Gibson's ex altered the tapes and used a professional to assist her in doing so, she faces jail time.

    Meanwhile, Mel's estranged wife Robyn, with whom he had seven children during a marriage that lasted more than 30 years, has spoken out in his defense, saying that Gibson was a loving father and that he never engaged in any physical altercations with her.

    Have you listened to and laughed at the Gibson tapes? Can this career be saved

    —Amy Sciarretto

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