Mel Gibson has claimed tapes which allegedly document him attacking OKSANA GRIGORIEVA were "edited".

The 'Braveheart' actor - who pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor battery charge last month after a physical altercation with his ex-girlfriend in January 2010 - explained while the tapes show "one terribly awful moment in time" they are not representative of the manner he has conducted himself in throughout his life.

He said: "Who anticipates being recorded? Who anticipates that? Who could anticipate such a personal betrayal? They were edited. I never treated anyone badly or in a discriminatory way based on their gender, race, religion or sexuality-period.

"You have to put it all in the proper context of being in an irrationally, heated discussion at the height of a breakdown, trying to get out of a really unhealthy relationship.

"It's one terribly, awful moment in time, said to one person, in the span of one day and doesn't represent what I truly believe or how I've treated people my entire life."

The 55-year-old star - who has an 18-month-old daughter, Lucia, with Oksana - admitted while he could have carried the case on and maintained his innocence, he didn't want to drag his family "through the sewer".

Speaking to Deadline.com, he added: "I could have continued to fight this for years and it probably would have come out fine.

"But I ended it for my children and my family. This was going to be such a circus. You don't drag other people in your life through this sewer needlessly, so I'll take the hit and move on."