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Thursday
Apr122012

Mel Gibson Collaborator Claims Gibson Hates Jewish People

Mike Marsland/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Mel Gibson has had a major falling out with Flashdance and Basic Instinct screenwriter Joe Eszterhas, with whom he had been collaborating on a film about a Jewish warrior titled The Maccabees.

In a letter written by Eszterhas to Gibson and obtained by TheWrap.com, Eszterhas makes several explosive accusations, which Gibson calls “utter fabrications.”

Among them: Gibson used slurs to refer to Jewish people; he referred to the Holocaust as “mostly a lot of horses***”; he threatened to kill the mother of his young daughter, Oksana Grigorieva; and he said he’s glad John Lennon is dead and that the former Beatle “deserved” to be shot.

Eszterhas alleges that Gibson participated in the project “in an attempt to deflect continuing charges of anti-Semitism which have dogged you, charges which have crippled your career.” Gibson famously made anti-Semitic remarks during a DUI arrest in Malibu, Calif., several years ago.

Eszterhas further claims, “I’ve come to the conclusion that the reason you won’t make The Maccabees is the ugliest possible one. You hate Jews.” The letter states that Gibson admitted he was involved in the project so he could convert Jewish people to Christianity.

The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday that Warner Bros. put the project on hold after rejecting Eszterhas’ script.

Gibson strongly denied Eszterhas’ claims in a separate letter published by Deadline.com. Gibson writes that Eszterhas failed to write a script or an outline in a timely fashion, and as a result Gibson reacted “more strongly than I should have.”

He says he subsequently sent Eszterhas a written apology, “the colorful words of which you apparently now find offensive. Let me now clearly apologize to you and your family in the simplest of terms.”

Gibson writes that Eszterhas’ script was rejected because it was “substandard” and a “significant waste of time,” and not because of any other factor.

Gibson concludes his letter by writing, “I think that we can agree that this should be our last communication.”

The Oscar-winning actor/director also stated in his letter that he planned to continue developing the project, which he started more than 10 years ago. “I absolutely want to make this movie; it’s just that neither Warner Brothers nor I want to make this movie based on your script,” he writes to Eszterhas.

The Maccabees is based on the life of Judah Maccabee, who led a Jewish revolt against the Greek-Syrian armies in the second century B.C.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Jan112012

Katy Perry’s Dad Apologizes for Anti-Semitic Comments

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- A religious service led by Katy Perry’s father in Ohio last week landed him in some hot water.

Keith Hudson, an evangelical minister, has issued an apology after two organizations that promote the fight against anti-Semitism said he made reference to stereotypes about Jewish people during the service in Westlake.

The Anti-Defamation League and the Simon Wiesenthal Center both said that Hudson told worshippers, “You know how to make the Jew jealous? Have some money, honey. You go to L.A. and they own all the Rolex and diamond places. Walk down a part of L.A. where we live and it is so rich it smells. You ever smell rich? They are all Jews, hallelujah! Amen.”

Both organizations denounced the comments, with the founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center saying in a statement, “If you take out ‘L.A.’ from his rant, most people would guess that Hitler or Goebbels was speaking.”

The national director for the ADL said in a separate statement, “Katy Perry is blameless for her parents’ behavior, and it is unfortunate that her good name is now attached to her father’s words.”

Hudson has since apologized for what he calls “hurtful and ugly language.” In a statement posed on the ADL website, Hudson said, “I used images about Jews rooted in the worst anti-Semitism in the past, images that at times led to the persecution and murder of Jews. I can’t tell you where I picked up phrases and descriptions that became part of my vocabulary. I used them without ever considering what they meant.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
Jun102011

Russell Crowe Apologizes for Twitter Rant Against "Barbaric" Circumcision

Fotonoticias/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Celebrity Twitter rants are as old as the microblogging service itself, but Oscar winner Russell Crowe kicked off an unlikely feud Friday -- with the supporters and practitioners of circumcision. After calling the practice "barbaric," Crowe, a father of two sons, soon began fielding a furious response of tweets both supporting and opposing his position.

The always-outspoken Crowe kicked the hornet's nest first by tweeting "...if u feel it is yr right 2 cut things off yr babies please unfollow and f**k off, I'll take attentive parenting over barbarism," giving little regard to the religious and scientific support of the practice. "[I have] many Jewish friends," Crowe tweeted. "I love my Jewish friends, I love the apples and the honey and the funny little hats, but stop cutting yr babies," he posted to actor/director Eli Roth, with whom Crowe worked on The Man with the Iron Fists.

Later on, as "lazy journalists" -- as he called them -- got wind of the comments, Crowe softened, saying he couldn't "apologize for [his] heartfelt beliefs." But he soon did just that, stating that his comments shouldn't be taken as a criticism of Jews or any other group that practices circumcision for religious reasons. "I have a deep and abiding love for people of all faiths," Crowe backpedaled, before tweeting two separate mea culpas. "I am very sorry I have said things on here that have caused distress," he posted, following it with, "My personal beliefs aside, I realize that some will interpret this debate as me mocking the rituals and traditions of others. I am very sorry."

At least one of Crowe's Jewish friends didn't take the comments too harshly. Roth, who starred in Inglorious Basterds and is currently editing Crowe's Iron Fists, snarkily responded to Crowe's "cutting yr babies" comment by tweeting back "You didn't seem to be complaining when I was re-cutting you this afternoon."

To try to put out the fire for those not on Twitter, Crowe issued an official statement through his publicists Friday afternoon. "I am deeply sorry for the insensitive comments I made on twitter this morning," the press release said. "Like everyone, I have my own strong opinions, but in attempting to state and argue them through humor, I insulted the traditions and beliefs of others.  That was not my intention, but it is my fault.  I have a deep and abiding love for all people and all cultures, and I am deeply sorry for any distress I have caused by my insensitive remarks."

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Friday
Mar042011

Charlie Sheen Latest: He's Jewish, Going to Haiti

ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Charlie Sheen has revealed that he's partly Jewish.

The actor, who has been accused of anti-Semitic remarks aimed at Two and a Half Men creator Chuck Lorre, told an interviewer that he is Jewish on his mother's side of the family.

"Here's where it gets confusing – we don't know who her father is … but she is, in fact, Jewish," Sheen told Access Hollywood Live in a phone interview.

Sheen also said he plans to travel to Haiti next week with Sean Penn.

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