In a shocking new interview, “Batman” star Gary Oldman defends Hollywood hothead Mel Gibson’s notorious anti-Semitic rant – and The National ENQUIRER has learned the startling reason he apparently feels sympathetic to the 58-year-old “Braveheart” star – according to allegations in police reports, they both allegedly abused women! 

Oldman, 56 – who defends Gibson in the July/August issue of “Playboy” – allegedly got into a furious fight with his then-wife in May 2001, and it ended with her being hit with a phone and choked by Oldman, according to her allegations in an L.A. Police Dept. report obtained by The ENQUIRER.

The victim, Donya Fiorentino, alleges that her husband called her a “whore” before attempting to flee their residence with the couple’s two sons, according to the report. During the ensuing tussle, the terrified mom tried calling police, but Oldman allegedly grabbed the phone from her. She tried to get it back and Oldman “punched out with his right hand, the phone receiver striking the victim on the left side of the face, causing injury below her left eye,” according to the police document.

The marriage soon ended, and Oldman married his fourth wife Alexandra Edenborough in 2008.

In a chillingly similar 2011 incident, Mad Mel pleaded no contest to misdemeanor spousal battery of his former girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva and was sentenced to three years probation.

Declared an Oldman family insider in regard to their rants: “These guys are two peas in a pod!” Oldman, who denies the attack on his wife took place, apologized for his Playboy remarks saying he was “deeply remorseful.” “Upon reading my comments in print – I see how insensitive they may be… Anything that contributes to this stereotype is unacceptable, including my own words on the matter,” he said.

Gibson dismissed the controversy, telling “Variety” magazine that “these things happen.

“He’s a good guy. He’s fantastic. I know him. He’s a good dude,” Gibson said of Oldman while at a film fest in the Czech Republic.