It's still he said/she said. And he has incidents (sp?) outside of this one/her that show this type of behavior is the norm for him.
I've noticed that wife #1 hasn't surfaced with any info. Wonder what she has to say about this side of his personality?
No. She was careful about what was said on the tapes. She's playing to an audience. He's simply responding to her. When he said "You deserved it", he is assuming that she knows the reason and doesn't explain it.
Mel is bipolar and rich. He has problems. That makes him an easy target. And she's a pro. He has also talked about suicide in interviews. This is quickly becoming an unfolding tragedy that I hope goes no further.