A rep for Mel Gibson said the actor never had any physical contact with a photographer who claims he shoved her, reports say

By Lindsay Kimble
Updated August 24, 2015 12:55 PM
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Mel Gibson is addressing allegations that he verbally assaulted and shoved a female photographer in Australia, calling her story a “complete fabrication,” according to a statement from his rep.

A photographer from Australia’s The Daily Telegraph named Kristi Miller claimed to Australian media that the actor, 59, attacked her while she was taking pictures of him and his girlfriend in Sydney, the BBC reported.

“I thought he was going to punch me in the face,” Miller told her employer of the incident.

Miller said she took a photo of Gibson and his girlfriend Rosalind Ross, and when she turned around he shoved her back.

“It shocked me because I wasn’t expecting it,” Miller said. “I don’t know if it was his hands or elbow.”

Gibson’s spokesman refutes Miller’s claims.

“Mr. Gibson and his friend were being harassed by this photographer and he asked her repeatedly to stop, which she did not,” the actor’s rep, Alan Nierob, said in a statement to PEOPLE. “There was never any physical contact whatsoever and the story being told by her is a complete fabrication of the truth.”

Australian police in Surry Hills confirmed to the BBC that they are investigating reports that a female photographer was pushed outside a cinema on Sunday night.

“About 6:20 last night a man became involved in an altercation with a photographer outside a cinema on Oxford Street Paddington and allegedly pushed the female photographer,” a police spokesperson said in a statement to the British news outlet on Monday.

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Gibson and Ross, 24, were first seen spending time together in July, at his Costa Rica compound. Ross won a gold medal at the World Equestrian Games in 2010 and is also a budding screenwriter. She is one of the writers of the El Rey Network’s action series Matador.