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Thursday
Apr212011

Mel Gibson Breaks Silence Regarding Leaked Recordings

Michael Kovac/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Mel Gibson has broken his silence. For the first time, he has publicly addressed his life and career since the profane recordings that captured the actor berating his ex-girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva, leaked online last summer. Speaking with journalist Allison Hope Weiner, who gave her interview to Deadline.com, Gibson says the ordeal was "humiliating and painful" for his family.

Gibson wouldn't discuss specifics regarding his legal battles with Grigorieva, in part because they're still embroiled in a custody dispute over their infant daughter, Lucia. He says, "There are a lot of delicate and sensitive issues and I don’t want to be the cause of grief to any of my children or to friends or family or associates on either side because it’s a matter that should be dealt with. It’s important to me that it’s dealt with correctly and it’s important that I maintain my integrity through this for the sake of those I love." He later states that the leak of the recordings "was terribly humiliating and painful for my family, all my kids."

Gibson says he never expected the recordings to leak because, as he puts it, "Who anticipates being recorded?  Who anticipates that?  Who could anticipate such a personal betrayal?" He maintains that he's never "treated anyone badly or in a discriminatory way based on their gender, race, religion or sexuality -- period." Gibson, who famously made anti-Semitic remarks during his 2006 DUI arrest, further claims the audio was edited, though he concedes the conversation with Grigorieva represents an "awful moment in time."

Gibson says he had his family in mind when he pleaded no contest to misdemeanor spousal battery for an alleged confrontation he had last year with Grigorieva at his home. He says if he had let the case continue, it would have turned into a "circus," so he decided to "take the hit and move on" with a plea that allowed him to maintain his innocence. Gibson was placed on three years' probation and must undergo one year of domestic violence counseling and perform 16 hours of community service.

Other newsworthy tidbits from the interview:

* Gibson says he appreciates Whoopi Goldberg defending him during his scandal, but he's not upset with other celebrity friends who did not publicly support him. He says, "That doesn’t bother me. Why would anyone want to speak publicly and drag themselves through this crap?"

* Gibson also isn't bothered that his rumored role in The Hangover Part II fell through when crew and cast members reportedly objected to his involvement in the film. He says, "You have to let that go. I sat here and talked to [director] Todd [Phillips] about it. I like Todd. How could you not like Todd? He’s smart and he’s gifted and so are the other people in the film. It’s okay. You just have to let that go."

* Gibson says it would be easy for him to pull the plug on his acting career now. He says, "I don't care if I don't act anymore." However, he reveals that he will star in a movie by his Braveheart screenwriter Randy Wallace that he describes as "swashbuckler kind of stuff."

Gibson's latest film, the Jodie Foster-directed dramedy The Beaver, debuts in limited release on May 6.

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Tuesday
Mar222011

L.A. Investigator Sought Extortion Charges Against Mel Gibson’s Ex-Girlfriend

Michael Kovac/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- The District Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles decided not to file extortion charges against Mel Gibson's ex-girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva, despite objections from a police detective who felt her attorneys’ demands for 20 million dollars in exchange for not revealing damaging photos and audio tapes warranted prosecution, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The newspaper says L.A. Sheriff’s Detective Rodney Wagner sent a letter to the prosecutor who declined to press charges against Grigorieva, saying an investigation turned up evidence of “implied threats" against Gibson by his ex and her lawyers.  Wagner said he found support for three separate extortion charges in Grigorieva’s emails to the actor and in a March 2010 meeting with her attorneys.  The report says the actor had agreed to a $15 million settlement with his ex, but she backed out and the now-infamous audio tapes of Gibson’s rants and photos of her with injuries allegedly caused by him quickly surfaced.

Grigorieva’s lead attorney, Eric George, is the son of California’s former chief justice and a campaign fundraiser for L.A. District Attorney Steve Cooley, but a spokesperson for the DA’s office said Cooley had no role in his office’s determination not to bring charges against Grigorieva and her lawyers.

In a plea deal, Gibson last week pleaded no contest to misdemeanor spousal battery in connection with an alleged attack on Grigorieva last year. The actor was placed on three years’ probation, ordered to undergo one year of domestic violence counseling and perform 16 hours of community service.

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Friday
Mar182011

Mel Gibson Booked at California Police Station over Battery Case

Michael Kovac/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Mel Gibson had a good excuse for missing the premiere of his new movie, The Beaver, on Wednesday night: he was turning himself in to police in connection with the alleged confrontation he had in his home last year with his then-girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 55-year-old actor was fingerprinted and had his mug shot taken at El Segundo Police Department in California.  A sergeant with the department tells The Hollywood Reporter, "He was very pleasant...We did it real quick and he was out."

Gibson was booked as part of the plea deal he reached last week in the case, when he was placed on three years' probation after pleading no contest to misdemeanor spousal battery.  He must also undergo one year of domestic violence counseling and perform 16 hours of community service.

Gibson had been accused of hitting Grigorieva at his Malibu, California home in January of 2010.

Gibson's new film, The Beaver, premiered at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas on Wednesday night.  It opens nationwide in May.

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Thursday
Mar172011

Jodie Foster Has 'No Regrets' About Hiring Mel Gibson

Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Jodie Foster says she has “no regrets” about hiring Mel Gibson for the lead role in her new movie, The Beaver, in the wake of his highly-publicized personal troubles.  During an appearance Wednesday night at the film’s premiere in the South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival in Austin, Texas, Foster said, “Obviously all sorts of stuff happened after the film was finished. I certainly have no regrets about him being in the film and his performance.”

The Beaver was originally set to debut last year in order to be eligible for the recent Academy Awards, but was postponed after RadarOnline posted audiotapes of a man, widely reported to be Gibson, screaming and making racial and sexist comments to his ex-girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva.  Last week, Gibson pleaded no contest to a domestic abuse charge in connection with his break-up with Grigorieva.

At Wednesday’s premiere, Foster, who not only stars in the film but also directs it, said she felt “incredibly grateful” for Gibson’s performance and wouldn’t change anything.  She did admit however that the film was “the biggest struggle" of her professional career.

The Beaver tells the story of a severely depressed man, played by Gibson, whose wife and son don’t understand the pain he is feeling.  He then finds a beaver puppet, which he uses to communicate more easily with his family and friends.  The Beaver is scheduled to open nationwide in May.

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Friday
Mar112011

Mel Gibson Charged With Battery, Gets Probation, Will Undergo Counseling 

Michael Kovac/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- The Los Angeles County District Attorney charged Mel Gibson with a single count of misdemeanor spousal battery on Friday, stemming from an altercation he had with ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva on January 6 of last year. Gibson was accused of slapping her.

Gibson pleaded "no contest" to the charge. He will not receive any jail time, but he was sentenced to three years' probation, will have to undergo a year of counseling, perform 16 hours of community service, and was ordered to pay court costs and other fees. The "no contest" plea is not an admission of guilt, and will spare him the media circus of a celebrity trial.

Gibson and Grigorieva have an infant daughter, Lucia.

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Thursday
Feb172011

Mel Gibson Extortion Case Turned Over to Prosecutors

Photo Courtesy - Michael Kovac/ FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Los Angeles prosecutors have their hands full with a pair of cases involving Mel Gibson.

On Wednesday, Los Angeles Sheriff's Department detectives turned over to prosecutors their findings in its investigation into whether Gibson's ex-girlfriend tried to extort him, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Gibson has claimed that Oksana Grigorieva, the mother of their one-year-old daughter Lucia, attempted to extort him.   

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office has been considering whether to pursue domestic violence charges against Gibson in connection with an alleged fight the Oscar-winner had with Grigorieva at his Malibu, California home last year.  Gibson and Grigorieva have been embroiled in a bitter custody dispute over their child since.

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Wednesday
Jan192011

Report: Prosecutors Ready to Charge Mel Gibson

Photo Courtesy - Michael Kovac/ FilmMagic/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- It is "inevitable" that Mel Gibson will be charged with domestic violence for hitting ex Oksana Grigorieva, according to RadarOnline.com.

The gossip website says the Oscar-winner's lawyer, Blair Berk, mounted a "last-ditch meeting" Tuesday to try to spare Gibson from being charged with "domestic violence/corporal injury involving a former cohabitant."  That charge would be related to a Jan. 6th, 2010 blow up with Grigorieva in which she claims Gibson punched her in the head and broke two of her dental veneers.

In court last year, Gibson admitted slapping the mother of their child Lucia, but not hitting her.

RadarOnline.com says Gibson could face up to four years in state prison if convicted of a felony, or a year in county jail if convicted of a misdemeanor.

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Sunday
Dec192010

Winona Ryder: Mel Gibson Called Me an 'Oven Dodger'

Photo Courtesy - FilmMagic/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Winona Ryder claims she's known about Mel Gibson's not-so-palatable side for years.

"I remember, like, fifteen years ago, I was at one of those big Hollywood parties,” Ryder told GQ Magazine in the January 2011 issue. “He was really drunk. I was with my friend, who's gay. He made a really horrible gay joke. And somehow it came up that I was Jewish. He said something about 'oven dodgers,' but I didn't get it. I'd never heard that before. It was just this weird, weird moment. I was like, 'He's anti-Semitic and he's homophobic.' No one believed me!"

Gibson's publicist did not immediately respond to an ABC News request for comment.

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Monday
Nov222010

Mel Gibson Makes Crucial Court Appearance

Photo Courtesy - FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Mel Gibson has seven kids with his ex-wife Robyn Gibson. But right now it seems his reputation as a father hangs in the balance thanks to the custody battle over child number eight: Lucia, the daughter that he had with his former girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva.

On Monday, Gibson makes an appearance in the family law area of Los Angeles County Superior Court to address custodial rights involving Lucia, now a little more than a year old.

TMZ.com reported that Gibson will try "to wrestle custody from Oksana on grounds she is not acting in the best interests of Lucia. He's also asking the judge to deny Oksana overnight visits, and to grant her supervised visitation."

Grigorieva has alleged, according to RadarOnline.com, that last January, at his mansion in Malibu, Gibson "punched out two of her front teeth, leaving her bloodied, bruised and with a concussion." Gibson's team denies the allegations.

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Wednesday
Nov172010

Mel Gibson's Ex Says She Feared for Her Life

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images (LOS ANGELES) -- Oksana Grigorieva told CNN's Larry King in an interview that aired Wednesday evening that she recorded her ex-boyfriend, Mel Gibson, berating her -- not to extort the actor, but because she feared for her life.

"I started taping it around 11 o'clock because I thought, 'I'm actually not going to live through the night," she said on Larry King Live. "I wanted my mother to be able to prove that if I'm dead that this is who did it."

She told King that Gibson called her 30 to 40 times in one night, and that she recorded about eight of those calls.

The interview originally was to be broadcast next Monday which, reported TMZ.com, "not-so-coincidentally happens to be the same day Grigorieva was supposed to be grilled on the stand in her custody case with Mel Gibson."

Grigorieva, 40, and Gibson have a daughter, Lucia, born a little more than a year ago.

Grigorieva has alleged, according to RadarOnline.com, that last January, at his mansion in Malibu, Gibson "punched out two of her front teeth, leaving her bloodied, bruised and with a concussion."

"I forgave him in a couple of weeks' time after the first severe beating that he struck me twice with his fist," Grigorieva told Larry King. "And then he was choking me and whilst I was holding Lucia and not protecting myself."

Girgorieva told King throughout the interview that Gibson did not drink around her -- "no liquor, not once."

Grigorieva said last July that Gibson was "trivializing domestic violence." In a video interview with RadarOnline.com, she said, "It is unfair that by standing up to somebody -- and speaking out -- I am being victimized all over again."

Grigorieva now is taking another opportunity to speak out. The interview on Larry King Live is her first major television interview about her domestic violence accusations against Gibson.

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