Writer: Mel Gibson spewed anti-Semitism, talked of killing ex
Mel Gibson "kept raging" about his ex-girlfriend, according to Joe Eszterhas' letter, published by thewrap.com.
April 12th, 2012
03:18 PM ET

Writer: Mel Gibson spewed anti-Semitism, talked of killing ex

By Josh Levs, CNN

Editor's note: This story contains offensive language

(CNN) - Mel Gibson frequently spews "looney, rancid" anti-Semitism, has talked about killing his former girlfriend, and is prone to hate-filled diatribes slamming everyone from John Lennon to Walter Cronkite, according to a screenwriter who has been working with him.

Joe Eszterhas, who wrote a screenplay about the Jewish hero Judah Maccabee for Gibson, recounts numerous alleged incidents in detail in a nine-page letter to Gibson published by the website thewrap.com.

In a letter replying to Eszterhas, Gibson denies the allegations, saying most of the claims are fabricated.

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soundoff (79 Responses)

    Mel Gibson is fantastic. I'm still a fan.

    April 13, 2012 at 8:02 am |
  2. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things,

    April 13, 2012 at 6:54 am |
  3. Laurence Ringo

    Wow,and wow again!!The Fall of Mel Gibson has to be one of the most saddest,most bizarre episodes in the whole sordid history of Hollyweird!Is it possible that Gibson has actually lost his mind in some way?I mean,his actions and comments are so inexplicable,so unfathomable,it simply defies logic.I don't know what kind of supposed"catholic"he is,but it's obviously not working for him!

    April 13, 2012 at 12:44 am |
    • Johnny Ringo

      While Mad Mel has gone pretty twisty in the head, this controversy looks like the other guy is worse. I doubt Mel was anywhere near as bad as this self-promoting self-seeker said, most of the time anyway. Eszterhas sure stuck around while the script was in play, but when it tanked, suddenly it's a lot of headline seeking and self-aggrandizing as he tells tawdry tales.

      As best as I can tell, Gibson and Eszterhas deserve each other.

      April 13, 2012 at 1:17 am |
  4. Susan

    God is evil... Look at what he has done to Mel Gibson for Christ's sake.

    April 13, 2012 at 12:43 am |
  5. SkepticalM

    Mel’s world views are shall we say regressive but understandable when one considers that he was indoctrinated as a very young child by his father into a belief system and, as a consequence, cannot think for himself. Ignorance and intolerance are the companions of religious indoctrination – the opinions of the faithful are the only ones tolerated. The arrogance of the ignorant, unfortunately, is alive and well in the USA. Mel is just one example.

    April 13, 2012 at 12:36 am |
  6. Danny Glover

    I'm too old for this sh!t!

    April 12, 2012 at 10:55 pm |
  7. *frank*

    "Maccabees" sound like a kind of Girl Scout cookie.

    April 12, 2012 at 9:00 pm |
    • Dogzilla

      Introducing Maccabees! The Girl Scout cookies made with REAL Girl Scouts!

      Bloody paramilitary girl's brigades! Fundraising for their insurgency.

      April 12, 2012 at 10:23 pm |
    • sam stone

      yeah, but don't get caught eating a brownie

      April 13, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
  8. Dogzilla

    Well, since the Judah Maccabee movie is dead, Mel is free to pursue other projects that affirm his faith, like "Jesustan Now!", "Galilee Chainsaw Massacre", and "The Joy of Deutronomy"

    April 12, 2012 at 8:09 pm |
  9. mikstov33

    Mel just needs to get better meds......you know, the kind that make the delusions STOP....

    April 12, 2012 at 7:42 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      I took meds for a while, but once the voices stopped talking I didn't know who to kill or what to burn.
      God speaks to people all the time.
      In 2008, He told Boyce Singleton Jr. to shoot and stab his pregnant girlfriend.
      Deanna Laney heard God direct her to bludgeon her three sons, aged 9, 6 and 15 months. Only the youngest survived.
      Blair Donnelly received instructions to stab to death his 16 year old daughter, Stephanie.
      Christopher Varian was slaughtered with a cheese knife after God spoke with one of his employees.
      God told Jennifer Cisowski to dash her infant's head on the rocks, so ""Just like Jesus raised Lazarus, I threw the baby on the stones by the pool."
      Khandi Busby got a direct message from God advising her that the only way to save her 6 and 8 year old boys was to toss them off a bridge in Dallas. Fortunately, they survived.
      Angel Rico says he received a divine command to strangle his 4 year old son, so he did just that and left him at the side of the highway.
      Lashaun Harris threw her 3 kids – aged 6, 2 and 16 months, into the San Francisco Bay after God let her know that He wanted a human sacrifice.

      April 13, 2012 at 8:05 am |
    • mikstov33

      Hey,Doc....methinks instructions such as those you mentioned were most likely given not by God but by his nemesis,Satan. You know, the same evil that instructed the Jews back in the day to crucify Jesus.

      April 13, 2012 at 8:29 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Just becuase God didn't come in at teh last minute and say "HA! Just messin' with ya" like He did with Abraham, doesn't mean that it wasn't God talking

      April 13, 2012 at 8:58 am |
    • johnfrichardson

      I was very close with someone who heard voices. when she thought they were aliens, she acted frightened. When she thought it was god, she became violent,

      April 13, 2012 at 9:55 am |
  10. Ufia

    In all fairness, nobody wants to see a movie about Maccabees

    April 12, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
    • Dogzilla

      Even if it is titled "Mad Maccabee Beyong Thunderdome"?

      April 12, 2012 at 7:56 pm |
  11. George Washington Carver

    Would it come amiss, my brethrens, for me to suggest this brethren's overly zealous nervous condition might be remedied by swapping his customary bottle of gin with a healthful yet delicious peanut liqueur?

    April 12, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
  12. South African Villain

    Dee-plo-ma-teek ee-mu-ni-tee!

    April 12, 2012 at 6:12 pm |
  13. Who Knows

    2 Timothy 3

    1 But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. 2 For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, 4 treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these. 6 For among them are those who enter into households and captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses, 7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 8 Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men of depraved mind, rejected in regard to the faith. 9 But they will not make further progress; for their folly will be obvious to all, just as Jannes’s and Jambres’s folly was also.

    April 12, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
    • sam stone

      Wow. A quote from a book. You don't get much more convincing than that

      April 12, 2012 at 7:40 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      sam, you crack me up. Thanks for making me laugh at least once today.

      April 12, 2012 at 7:47 pm |
  14. johnfrichardson

    Would anyone be even a little bit surprised if the anti-semitism charge proves true? We've already seen and heard it.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  15. portland tony

    What Drivel! He said...no...He said. What has this got to do with religion? Sooner or later someone will make the movie about the Maccabee insurrection. But until then don't blog on Hollywood egos as religion.

    April 12, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  16. William Demuth

    Seeing all the name changing, I wonder if anyone else realises that one person might actually be taking both sides of the argument?

    April 12, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
    • htumeD mailliW

      Like a split personality?

      April 12, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
    • Almighty Zebra-Zeus

      People talk to non-existent beings all the time. Why would it be surprising if people talked to themselves online?

      April 12, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Well, I get the sense alot of folks believe that many of the most zealous Christians on her might be just one or two people.

      But I don't get the sense people think the Athiests are dopplegangers.

      Strange group dynamic here

      April 12, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  17. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    April 12, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
    • Jesus

      Prayer doesn’t not change anything; you are so full of crap and lies. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!

      April 12, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
    • jimtanker

      I've been waiting to see you at this garbage again. Here is the latest study. Read it if you dare:


      April 12, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
    • Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      Prayer changes things

      April 12, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
    • Jesus

      "Prayer changes things

      You are a proven liar and a disgrace to religion, it's great you continue to prove me correct in your desperation.

      April 12, 2012 at 9:20 pm |
  18. William Demuth

    He had it all!

    I am sure he still does well, but the rants hurt him with the Hollywood elite.

    April 12, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
  19. Alien Orifice

    I don't know much about Mel, but I like his guitars.

    April 12, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Okay, that was funny.

      April 12, 2012 at 7:21 pm |
  20. Gibosn's Ex is an angel


    April 12, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
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