Mel Gibson's Lawyers May Claim Tapes Were Edited

Were the disturbing, rage-filled recordings of Mel Gibson's meltdowns tampered with in some way?

Mel Gibson's shocking tirades against ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva may have forever ruined his public image, but will the tapes hold up in court? TMZ is reporting that there may be evidence of tampering, in which case, such proof could make the recordings inadmissible in court.

Grigorieva's lawyers are said to be asking a family law judge today to rescind Gibson's custody rights to their baby daughter -- using the tapes to demonstrate Mel is a danger to the child. The actor's lawyers are expected to question the authenticity of the tapes (on which Gibson, 54, can be heard threatening Grigorieva, 40, as well as screaming sexist, racist slurs) and to claim with "concrete" evidence that the now-famous recordings have been edited.

Grigorieva's spokesperson responded to TMZ, "We are not aware of any presentation Gibson's lawyers are making, but we are not surprised they would make such unfounded claims." Today, her lawyers will also be asking the judge to take away Gibson's custody of their daughter Lucia, reportedly using the tapes will be used as evidence -- so if they are proven to be edited, they may not be admitted by the judge.

Meanwhile, yet another audio tape (the fifth, if you're keeping count) of Gibson saying horrific, hateful things to Grigorieva was released today by RadarOnline.com. Gibson yells more crude, profane insults at his ex, and reveals some possible financial strife -- calling Grigorieva a "gold digger" and screaming, "I don’t have any f***ing money! I have to support you and everybody else! I have to sell paintings. I have to sell my box at the Lakers game." He continues, "I spent too much g**damn money on you! And my wife knows! It’s you!”

There's plenty more of Gibson losing his temper for several minutes, and calling his ex a "f***ing excuse for a mother" towards the end of the call, after which she replies, "You're the worst father I ever met" and then hangs up.

Do you think a court should allow the Mel Gibson recordings as evidence? Chime in below!

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