Gibson230.jpgMel Gibson has spoken out for the first time since last summer, when recordings of him yelling racial slurs at his ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva were released and he was accused of physically abusing her.

Deadline ran the exclusive interview, but we've broken it down for you into the most telltale bits below.

When asked about the leaked tapes and whether he is racist, Gibson said:

    "I’ve never treated anyone badly or in a discriminatory way based on their gender, race, religion or sexuality -- period. I don’t blame some people for thinking that though, from the garbage they heard on those leaked tapes, which have been edited. 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."

Gibson spoke about the charges that he hit Grigorieva.

    "I was allowed to end the case and still maintain my innocence. It’s called a West plea and it’s not something that prosecutors normally allow. But in my case, the prosecutors and the judge agreed that it was the right thing to do. 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."

Read what Gibson had to say on the future of his career, depression and his current relationship with his family after the jump.