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Mel Gibson's Ex Getting Chunk of His Retirement Nest Egg, Too

Mike Marsland/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- It was widely suspected that Mel Gibson's divorce from his wife Robyn Moore in 2011 would cost him dearly, but now the dissolution of their 31-year marriage has a clearer pricetag.

Because the pair had no prenup, it was reported Moore would get half of Gibson's said-to-be $800 million net worth.  But TMZ now reports Gibson's ex is getting a chunk of his retirement benefits as well.

The gossip site says Gibson's pensions from both the Screen Actors Guild and the Directors Guild of of America will also be split, with Moore getting "a large portion" of that dough as well.

The pair separated in 2006, though Moore formally filed for divorce in April of 2009, and the paperwork was finalized in December of 2011.

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Mel Gibson in Candid Interview: 'I Didn't Hurt Anyone'

Mike Marsland/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Mel Gibson has given an interview in which he discusses his movie projects and his troubled past, for which he appears to show little remorse.

The chat with reveals the star’s attitude toward the media.

When asked if he thought Hollywood is a forgiving town, Gibson replies, “No it’s not.  They have to forget.  I don’t think they think they’re vindictive.  I don’t think there’s reason to forgive.  And forgive what to begin with?  What are they asking for?  It is kind of ridiculous.  So it’s kind of hard to pinpoint exactly what needs to be forgiven and I don’t consider that anything does because I didn’t hurt anyone.”

Gibson landed himself in trouble in 2006 when he unleashed an anti-Semitic tirade when he was pulled over for a DUI.  He also had a public separation from former girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, whom he threatened repeatedly in recordings leaked online.

Furthermore, the actor-director has clashed with his Maccabees screenwriter Joe Eszterhas, who went public earlier this year with another recording of an angry Gibson rant.

Gibson’s version of events regarding Eszterhas, as told to “A guy gets paid to write a screenplay and doesn’t turn anything in for 14 months.  That’s a serious problem.  Not even an outline, so I lost my nutter with him.  I developed a Viking script almost a year after he started and I already had a second draft and he hadn’t even given me an outline…I DO want to make [Maccabees] and I will make it.  And that’ll be a great film.”

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Mel Gibson's Stepmother Seeks Restraining Order Against Him

Mike Marsland/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- A California judge has decided to hear the case of Mel Gibson’s 78-year-old stepmom, Teddy Joye Hicks Gibson, next month.  She is attempting to get a restraining order against Gibson after she claims he threatened her, spit in her face and sabotaged her marriage to Mel's father, Hutton Gibson, according to TMZ.

According to court documents, Gibson unloaded on his stepmom more than once, and she now fears for her own safety.  She claims that Gibson and his sister Maura are angry at her because she doesn't approve of the controversial medical treatments they have been pressuring Hutton to undergo to treat his various illnesses.

In one such alleged incident, Hicks did not approve of "experimental Ozone treatments" Hutton was undergoing.  She said that when she expressed her concerns, "Mel began yelling and saying, 'f*** this and f*** that' while leveling other extremely offensive language" at her.  Hicks added that she was told "not to f*** with Hutton's treatments in any way."

Hicks alleges that Gibson is also trying to force her out of her home, which is owned by one of Mel’s charities.  She wants the judge to block Gibson from evicting her from her home, and prevent him from interfering in her attempts to communicate with her husband.  She also wants Gibson to remain 100 yards away from her at all times.

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Mel Gibson’s 93-Year-Old Dad Files for Divorce

Mike Marsland/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Mel Gibson’s elderly father has filed for divorce from his wife, Teddy Joye Gibson, according to TMZ.

The actor’s dad, 93-year-old Hutton Gibson, cites irreconcilable differences as the reason for his split from Teddy Joye, who is in her 70s. The gossip site said elder abuse is at the center of the situation:  Joye was allegedly withholding medicine Gibson’s extremely ill father needs, believing the meds are “prolonging his suffering,” TMZ reports. Because of this, the actor-director has reportedly taken over the caregiving for his ailing dad.

The couple married in 2002. Hutton Gibson is seeking spousal support and also wants his soon-to-be ex to cough up for attorney’s fees.

Hutton had 11 children with his first wife, the late Anne Reilly, and has more than 50 grandchildren. Hutton and Teddy Joye did not have any children together.

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During 'Tonight Show' Appearance, Mel Gibson Unapologetic About Rant 

Mike Marsland/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Mel Gibson was unapologetic during his appearance on the The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Friday about the recording of his tirade against Showgirls screenwriter Joe Eszterhas, who had been hired to write Gibson's now-in-limbo project The Maccabees.

However, Gibson was all smiles as a guest on The Tonight Show.  He joked, "You know, I love coming to The Tonight Show because when I get here and you tape me, you let me know you're going to do that up front!"

He added, "Maybe you don't know this about me, but I've got a little bit of a temper." Gibson was referring to the recording of his rant that Eszterhas made unbeknownst to him during a stay in Costa Rica in December.  Eszterhas reportedly failed to produce an acceptable script, and then the gossip site The Wrap published a nine-page letter from the writer in which he accused Gibson of using anti-Semitic remarks throughout his work, among other things. Gibson admitted he lost his temper, but denied the anti-Semitic accusations.

Gibson explained his side of the story to Jay Leno.  He said, "The guy writes a nine-page letter ... if he put half as much time and effort and creativity and imagination into a screenplay, which he was supposed to write, as he did into that letter ... we wouldn't be having this conversation." Gibson added, "It's kind of like you build a house, you hire a guy to put a roof on it. He comes over and talks about the roof and then you get rained on all night."

Saying he felt justified in his actions, Gibson noted, "A guy tapes you in your own home ... when did it come to the place where you can't blow off steam in your own home?"  It appears this feud isn't over yet.

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Another Mel Gibson Rant Caught on Tape

Mike Marsland/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Mel Gibson's feud with screenwriter Joe Eszterhas was pushed into the limelight Wednesday, when posted a purported audio recording of a profane Gibson rant.

The recording was made by Eszterhas' teenage son while they were staying with other house guests at Gibson's home in Costa Rica last December, and was provided to by Eszterhas.

Eszterhas says he decided to go public with the recording because "Gibson called me a liar.  And I also have some reason to believe he’s creating a PR blitz questioning my truthfulness."

In the two-and-a-half-minute recording, Gibson reportedly yells at Eszterhas for not providing him with a draft of their movie collaboration, The Maccabees.  He screams, "Why don't I have a first draft of The Maccabees?  What the f*** have you been doing?”

In another segment of the recording, Gibson reportedly refers to his ex-girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva, "as a "filthy little c***sucker who takes advantage of me!"

In 2010, a series of audio recordings capturing Gibson making profane, sexist and racist comments to Grigorieva were leaked online.

Last week, published a letter written by Eszterhas in which he claimed that Gibson was involved in The Maccabees, a project about the life of Jewish warrior Judah Maccabee, in order to combat "continuing charges of anti-Semitism."  Gibson has denied the allegations.

The film has since been put on hold by its studio, Warner Bros.

Early Thursday morning, TMZ reported Gibson's team is looking into his legal rights -- and into Costa Rican laws -- to see if he could sue the screenwriter for creating and releasing the secret recording that was made in Gibson's own home.

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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, 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 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.

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Mel Gibson Completes Court-Ordered Anger Management Requirement

Mike Marsland/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Mel Gibson has completed court-ordered anger management stemming from his domestic violence case involving former girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva.

According to, a lawyer for the Oscar winner provided evidence to a Los Angeles judge on Thursday that Gibson exceeded the required number of hours for anger management.  Gibson, 56, will complete his probation if he stays out of trouble for the next two years.

Gibson pleaded no contest last year to misdemeanor spousal battery in connection with an alleged altercation he had with Grigorieva, the mother of his young daughter Lucia.

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Mel Gibson Back in Court -- As a Prospective Juror

Mike Marsland/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Mel Gibson has been no stranger to courtrooms in recent years, but his visit to a Los Angeles courthouse Monday was simply to perform his civic duty as a prospective juror.

TMZ reports Gibson was spotted outside a jury assembly room talking on his cellphone and reading a script.  Sporting a baseball cap, a dark sports coat, button-up shirt and jeans, Gibson also chatted with fans and allowed photographs to be taken.

In March 2011, Gibson pleaded no contest to misdemeanor spousal battery in connection with an alleged altercation he had with then-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva.  The two reached a settlement in August that called for Gibson to pay Grigorieva $750,000.

Earlier, in 2006, Gibson was arrested in a much-publicized DUI incident.

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Mel Gibson's Divorce Finalized; He Could Pay Ex-Wife over $400M

Mike Marsland/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Mel Gibson is not only single, but about $425 million poorer, thanks to a divorce settlement finalized Friday between the actor and his wife of 31 years, Robyn Denise Moore.

The judgment, finalized by a judge in Los Angeles, keeps virtually all details of the settlement secret.  But People magazine reports that the couple did not have a prenuptial agreement, meaning Gibson's ex-wife would be entitled to half of everything he earned during their marriage.

The Oscar-winner’s fortune has been estimated to be as high as $850 million, the magazine said, citing a 2006 report in the Los Angeles Business Journal.

People also reports that Moore, a former dental nurse, is entitled to half of any film residuals Gibson receives for the rest of his life.

Moore, 55, filed for divorce from Gibson, also 55, in 2009.  The two met in the late 1970s, when they were both tenants in a house in Adelaide, Australia.   Of their seven children together, only one, a 12-year-old son, is a minor and therefore subject to a custody agreement.

The divorce, which will take effect on Jan. 9, is believed to be the biggest celebrity divorce payout in Hollywood history.

Gibson’s divorce payout and the potential custody battle that lies ahead comes on the heels of the $750,000 he agreed to pay to Oksana Grigorieva, his former girlfriend and mother of his toddler daughter, Lucia, in August.

The two, who split last April, were engaged in a bitter custody dispute that included leaked recordings that sounded like Gibson engaged in a racist and sexist tirade, and Grigorieva accusing Gibson of domestic violence.

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