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Oksana Grigorieva: I Had 'Battered Wife' Syndrome

10/7/2010 9:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Oksana Grigorieva claims she suffered from "battered wife" syndrome -- at the hands of Mel Gibson --  and that's why she was so slow on the uptake to blow the whistle ... sources connected with Oksana tell TMZ.

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Sources close to Oksana tell us right after the alleged Jan. 6 attack, Oksana broke off her relationship with Mel for about 3 weeks.

But then she went back ... and was overtly affectionate with Mel in various ways.  Oksana is telling friends, Mel tearfully convinced her the alleged attack was a one-time-only incident and that he would go into therapy to get better. 

And there's this ... sources connected with Oksana now tell TMZ ... her "close" relationship with her bodyguard -- Kristian Otto Herzog -- is further evidence she's drawn to men who have violent tendencies.

But there's more with Mel ... Oksana says she was a closet girlfriend until the January 6 incident. Then afterwards, Mel promised he'd treat her like a trophy girlfriend, taking her out in public -- like the Golden Globe event -- and publicly bragging about their relationship.

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