Gibson's reps are denying the reports by saying, "Basically Mel and his friend were being harrassed 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."
Though Mel's reps are shutting down the story, Kristi is telling a different one. She told Daily Telegraph, "I took a photo of Mel and his girlfriend, and when I turned around he shoved my back really hard. It shocked me because I wasn't expecting it. I don't know if it was his hands or elbow. 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. He swore and called me a c... It was non-stop, he didn't even breathe."
The next day, she reiterated, “I don’t want sympathy. I’m not injured but I do think that his (Mel Gibson’s) behaviour is appalling and I don’t want to pull the female card but I am a female and I don’t think a male should speak to a female that way. I will be teaching my son not to speak to a female the way that Mel Gibson spoke to me.”
The police said that an altercation occurred, but did not confirm that Mel was the assailant. “A man became involved in an altercation with a female photographer outside a cinema on Oxford Street, Paddington on 23 August 23, 2015. He allegedly pushed the female photographer. Poilce from Surry Hills local command are investigating the inicident. Inquiries continue.”
Mel is in Australia to direct his fifth film, "Hacksaw Ridge.”