Mel Gibson’s latest rant: scary, homicidal or not as bad as we’ve already heard?

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As you’ve probably heard by now, Mel Gibson has another rant caught on tape. We were treated to many of his rants when his ex and baby mama, Oksana Grigorieva, released them in the summer of 2010 to bolster her custody case against Mel. You can revisit those on these three posts if you’re so inclined. Back then, Mel yelled and raged at Oksana for not giving him sex, called her a prostitute and a whore, and told her that he would kill her and bury her in the rose garden, among many, many other crazed things.

Mel’s latest rant on tape is against a screenwriter he was working with, a guy named Joel Eszterhas, whom Gibson hired to work on a screenplay about an historical Jewish hero named Judah Maccabee. Eszterhas, his wife and their 15 year-old son were houseguests of Mel’s in Costa Rica this December. Apparently all of them, along with another screenwriter and his girlfriend, a friend, and Mel’s hired help and their children, witnessed Mel screaming incoherently, cursing out Eszterhas for not yet delivering a script, and raging at God. (Really. Eszterhas has since delivered the script.) Eszterhas’ 15 year-old son recorded Mel on his iPod during the incident. Eszterhas previously gave a letter to The Wrap which he also sent to Mel, detailing the outrageous outbursts, verbal abuse and antisemitism he heard from Mel. It was when Mel started questioning Eszterhas’ account of what went down that he decided to release the tape. There is no antisemitism on the tape, but given what we’ve heard from Mel he probably said the things that Eszterhas accused him of earlier. Here’s more:

Mel Gibson shouted terrifying epithets at his houseguests during a rampage at his home in Costa Rica in December, according to a recording obtained by TheWrap.

During the rampage, Gibson shouts at Eszterhas for not having delivered a script of “The Maccabees,” their joint movie project:

“Why don’t I have a first draft of ‘The Maccabees’? What the f&#$ have you been doing?” he bellows.

About his ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, Gibson shouts, “I am earning money for a filthy little c*cksucker who takes advantage of me!”

A spokesman for Gibson did not respond to an email seeking comment.

But mostly the recording captures an unhinged, angry Gibson storming around his Costa Rica property, knocking over a totem pole. According to Eszterhas (pictured below) and his family, Gibson also threw a cellphone.

The recording, about two and a half minutes long, captures only part of an angry bender described by Eszterhas in a letter published by TheWrap. It was recorded on an iPod on Dec. 7, 2011, by Eszterhas’ 15-year-old son Nick, who was with his parents, Joe and Naomi.

Other houseguests present at the time were screenwriter Randall Wallace, his girlfriend Elizabeth Topp and Gibson friend Brad Hillstrom, according to Eszterhas. House staff and their children also were present.

The release of the recording follows a public dispute between Gibson and Eszterhas. The screenwriter wrote a nine-page letter obtained by TheWrap, accusing the movie star of making continual anti-Semitic remarks, threatening violence to Grigorieva and detailing out-of-control behavior, including the rampage he described in detail.

The movie star responded in a letter that much of Eszterhas’ allegations were “utter fabrications.”

According to Eszterhas’ letter, Gibson’s rant began unexpectedly, as the guests had gathered for before-dinner drinks, and Gibson happened to look at a photo of himself holding his baby daughter Luci in which he was gray and balding.

[From The Wrap, with more at the source]

I can’t really understand all of what Mel is screaming about, except for the part where he tells everyone to go eat. The Wrap has a transcript if you’re interested.

In a video interview on The Wrap, Eszterhas explained how terrified everyone was who witnessed that rant. He said that the help on Mel’s estate ordered their children away from the main house for their own safety afterwards, that his own wife was crying, and that his son slept with a butcher knife under his pillow that night.

Radar online claims that Mel was diagnosed with bipolar disorder back during his custody battle with Oksana. They have a “source” (probably Oksana, she sold the original tapes to Radar) who says “It’s clear to me from listening to the recently released tapes that he most likely isn’t taking his medication, which is sad because when he was taking it he was so much calmer and rational.” Or else she never would have had his baby I guess. This man needs a lot of help.

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  1. Eve says:

    Not as scary because (at least) he’s not telling anyone he’ll kill them and bury them in the garden.

    *I had just heard that on Dlisted when you posted.


    This man needs a lot of help.

    You know what? I don’t give a f*ck! He can to go hell for all I care — I just hope no one innocent gets hurt in the process.

    • ZenB!tch says:

      *I* care – A LOT. Why you may ask….

      Oksana lives by me. I’ve seen her at the supermarket and church – Luci is adorable.

      I don’t want him to come here and try to steal his kid or something I totally think he is capable of.

      I care because I seriously think he is a danger to himself and others in the community.

      • Kitten says:

        Honestly, you’re probably just waiting for an incident at this point. Dude is a ticking time bomb. Be safe, Zen!

      • Eve says:

        I meant that I don’t care if (or when) Gibson destroys himself. I just hope no one else gets hurt in the process.

  2. LeeLoo says:

    This has gotten beyond out of control. Mel is crazy, no doubt. Why we are still discussing this man is beyond me. But I think that these Ezterhaus people are trying to extort him and exact revenge because they are pissed that their script got rejected.

    This is merely a repeat of what happened 2 years ago. We already know Mel’s psycho. NEXT!

    • Eileen says:

      Because just like Lindsay, Leann, Kim K…and all the others who we see are complete A-holes, as long as they are given chances & continue to stay in Hollywood -we’ll continue to call out their insanity.

  3. TheOriginalKitten says:

    In my opinion, this dude is capable of serious verbal and physical violence. He should definitely be on meds because the guy is a danger to society when he’s not.

  4. Jayna says:

    Mel is mentally ill. Very sad.

  5. Cathy says:

    I can’t believe that there are still people willing to work with him after his last meltdown. I thought that he was done in Hollywood.

    • Kitten says:

      I was hoping he was done. He is not capable of working. He’s primed for an asylum.

  6. hillbillygirl45 says:

    Bi-polar, my ass! This man is frikkin’ nuts!! I can’t believe this is the same man who seemed to have it all together 15 or so years ago. Find him incompetent and put his crazy ass away.

    • ZenB!tch says:

      He was always “weird” – back in the 90s when I was about 20-22, he was in the local Pizza Hut with his male progeny – no Robyn. He was sitting in the back by the bathrooms so he was hard to avoid but he was left alone.

      So, he gets up to pay and he stands right in front of my friends and I’s booth, puffs his chest out and starts lowering and raising his sunglasses and then he’s kind of preening like he can’t stand the thought that 20 year old women were totally not into him.

      At that time the guy had been 39 since I was around 15. I swear that man was 39 from Mad Max to Braveheart. He wasn’t insane then but he was raggedy looking for 39 so no thanks.

  7. Eileen says:

    I don’t think these people are trying to extort anything from him. I think they are exposing Mel once again for the Grade A Psycho Douchehead he is. Oksana tried and she was billed as the villianess from many. How do you take Mel’s insane behavior and justify it because it was recorded? If I was standing around in Costa Rica and someone went postal like that, I’d record it too! It might be good evidence if Mel DID do harm to someone. Smart kid.
    I read someone giving Mel excuses because “Well the script WAS late so ya know he was upset…” Scripts are late all the time! Movies are never done in the timeframe they are requested as because creativity doesn’t operate hand in hand with an Outlook Calendar. So when things don’t go exactly your way, that doesn’t give you the green light to scare the sh!t out of an entire household of people.

  8. Rosalee says:

    no longer a Mel fan, I can’t even watch one of his movies without thinking of he filth that came from his mouth in regards to the Jewish community. Not in defence of Estezhaus, who spent 5 minutes writing Showgirls and various other crappy scripts, he has a certain economy with the truth and a history of sleaziness all of his own.

    • lulu says:

      I haven’t watched anything featuring Mr Gibson for a very, very long time. He would need to be a better actor than he is for me to be able to forget everything he has said and done.
      Perhaps if he paid an insane, wife-beating, violent drunk, he would be believable.

    • yoyo says:


      I used to have such a crush on him back in the day, then the tics started. In interviews he’s grimace, fidget, and just behave weird. At the time it was labelled “excentric” but clearly he was hiding something else. The tape sounds terrifying , I would have gone to a hotel, not in the same house as this lunatic. I think he is danger to others adn if ANYONE needs a conservatorship adn a 5150 hold it’s him . Free Britney! 😉

    • ZenB!tch says:

      I can’t watch them either. I just see crazy. I used to love his films.

      Still Esterhaz is a sleazy misogynist and only sane on the Mel scale – which is what makes this a perfect match up

  9. rtms says:

    Sorry but where is the racism, the bigotry? All that is is a guy getting overly mad at a another known douche bag. I’ll bet studio exes get just as mad, they just don’t tape it. Yes he’s out of control, but who in Hollywood isn’t on a huge ego trip?

    • Candyland says:

      No that ain’t all he’s guilty of. Jaysus, he flipped out in front of a kid. A kid who got scared enough to put a knife under his bed. I’d skin someone alive if they did that to my brother.

    • T.C. says:

      Those other rants were at a different time. This one was when the teen son was around and he recorded it.

      • Jax says:

        Other rants at other times, yet the guy continued to work with him and bring his wife and child into the situation. I don’t feel sympathy for E on this one so much. His family yes, but E is an idiot for taking them into this situation with eyes wide open.

    • Kitten says:

      I hope you’re a hired hand by Gibson’s PR machine, otherwise you scare me. If you think _THIS_ is normal behavior, I feel sorry for you.

  10. Toot says:

    I’m so happy that I was never a fan of Mel. This tape further shows what a mess Mel is. I don’t blame Joe’s son for sleeping with a knife.

  11. Dorothy#1 says:

    OMG! He is soooo crazy. Someone needs to have him committed!

  12. Suzy (from Ontario, Canada) says:

    This guy is such a d*ck. One day his little girl is going to read these horrible things that he says about her mother.

    And all the racism and threats of violence and profanity…I really think he’s mentally unbalanced.

    • Candyland says:

      Dude goes around shrieking like a maniac. And in front of kids too. And threatens to kill his gf. Yeah, I’d say he’s a loony toon too.

  13. Whitey Fisk says:

    I think his illness goes WAY beyond bipolar disorder. He’s experiencing psychosis. A lot of his behavior can be attributed to severe mental illness and addiction, but let’s face it: some of it is just because he’s an a-hole.

    • ZenB!tch says:

      He was pampered and praised and became an ahole who believed his press, then he became mentally ill. TIMEBOMB.

      And no it’s not bipolar, it’s something else. It seems like some sort of late onset psychosis.

  14. Jaded says:

    I think he’s suffering from a serious case of narcisistic personality disorder. I’ve known people like that and one of the symptoms is having terrifying melt-downs if someone disagrees with them or has a difference of opinion on an issue. It’s not pretty when it happens so I can’t blame the kid for recording his tantrum as it was probably not the first time he or his father had witnessed it.

  15. Maya says:

    We all know that Mel is off his trolley at the best of times, so this isn’t a surprise.
    But Eszterhas’ fake ‘I’m a balanced parent’ routine kind of falls short when he first makes out like he is a friend and then releases the recording that his son made – essentially reinforcing that behaviour.
    Bitterness over his rejected script knows no bounds.
    Eszterhas should know better. So much for him being some type of reformed Christian. He is the same a**hole he always was and this is just his style; he wrote his own biography and practically used Sharon Stone’s sex-scapades as the centre piece.

  16. mary simon says:

    Mel is a bloated, psychotic goon and he is aging horribly! He just gets uglier and uglier. So glad Robyn is out of there. I pity his family(s).

  17. Twez says:

    If you’ve ever seen a man with bipolar disorder go off like that (hypomanic?), it is scary as hell. If he was drinking, it would be that much worse.

  18. says:

    Both these men are assholes. But one of these assholes is crazy enough to make me fear for my life if we had any sort of relationship.

  19. itstrue says:

    I’m so sick of a diagnosis as an excuse. He is responsible for his behavior, he is abusive and he can control himself, he just hasn’t had to thus far.

  20. Newtsgal says:

    First off- I would be pissed if someone I invited to stay in my Costa Rician home while working for me had the b*lls to record me doing something in my home where I have an expectation of privacy.
    Second- Pretty much everything he said describing people in his life is true. And he isn’t hurting anybody.
    Lastly, so what! He’s ranting and carrying on… and there is not a one of you that can say you have never had a moment like that, maybe not as crazy, but you know you have had your moments too!
    Your just lucky enough to not have your personel life judged.

    • Eileen says:

      Are you serious? So if a friend invites you and your children to vacation with them, you’re just going to have to deal with them terrifying your kids because its their personal space? Please tell me you don’t have kids.

      • Newtsgal says:

        According to Eszterhas that was not his first rant while they stayed there… so it must not have been too bad, because he stayed there with his kids.
        He could have left at anytime, but he didn’t, he stayed with the kids.

      • Vanden says:

        So what if he did stay? That doesn’t magically absolve Mel Gibson of any wrong doing. This isn’t even the first time he’s been caught doing this and people are still defending him. It’s not either/or, BOTH of them can act irresponsible.

        Seriously? if someone treats another person badly and the person doesn’t immediately walk away then they are automatically the guilty one and the abuser gets a pass? what kind of logic is that?!

      • Newtsgal says:

        You are right…it’s not his first rant so, why would you intentionally take a child into that environment much less stay there. And yes I do blame Esterzhas for staying, it’s not like he couldn’t have left and gone to a hotel. I damn sure won’t have put my kids anywhere near him to begin with.

      • Eileen says:

        I’m not saying he’s absolved from any wrong doing, but never, I mean never is it ok to behave the way Mel Gibson does when things don’t go his way. THe poor kid slept with a butcher knife under his bed! You know what that says to me? He’s not USED to that kind of behavior from an adult and it scared the living daylights out of him. So its not like he’s around people who act like that all the time-and his father was probably trying to keep his job. People have been putting up with Mel Gibson’s insane sh!t for decades because he’s MEL GIBSON and at one time he could make or break you. So all those people along the way are at fault too? They were just trying to get a good job and do what they love, then when you have someone that big freak out on you, you can’t quit or he’d make sure you don’t work again.

      • Vanden says:

        Newtsgal, I didn’t say that Eszterhas didn’t act stupidly, in fact i said both of them were irresponsible. My objection was to you saying “It must not have been too bad”. You heard the same recording I did I assume, Mel ranting and raving like a crazed jackass. Just because Eszterhas was silly and irresponsible enough to bring his son anywhere near that mess doesn’t mean the way he acted was ok

      • Newtsgal says:

        @ eileen, you can’t quit? So a job is more important than your childs safekeeping?
        you must not know who Joe Esterzhas is… he hasn’t nor will he ever have a problem finding work, he has movies that totaled billions. He knew what Mel was about when he took the job.
        @ Vanden, it must not have been to bad, cuz after the rants and he knew his kid slept with the knife he still stayed…what does that say about him.
        Esterzhas only released the tapes after Mel and the studio scrapped the script he wrote…. sounds like sour grapes to me. And I never said Mel was ok, but if you know a snake will bite you, don’t be surprised when it does cuz you keep petting it.

      • Newtsgal says:

        Ohhhhhhh! Come on…onto a better subject. Lindsay Lohan got into Another fight at smoke & mirrors. All of this after the car she was in hit another car in the parking lot……It gets better…she called her father (Michael) to help her….LOL!
        Then they both went into the bar together!!!!!

      • Vesper says:

        I’m amazed that some people are justifying or excusing Mel’s behaviour.

        An earlier interview mentioned Esterzhas’ family left the next morning. Not sure if Esterzhas stayed, but whether he did or not doesn’t excuse Mel’s behaviour, or make it any less threatening.

        Mel’s diatribe was not just in front of Esterzhas’ son, but the staff’s children as well. Nobody should have to witness that kind of behaviour, especially children. Yes, Esterzhas’ family had the luxury of leaving, but the staff would have less options.

        Did Esterzhas’ letter mention that Mel had various meltdowns or did it just describe other “incidents” or “rants” in which Mel made inappropriate (and ignorant) comments? What is on the tape is not a rant, it is a meltdown and it could have been the final straw for Esterzhas.

        Anyone witnessesing unpredictable explosive anger or threats has the right to tape the behaviour if they feel threatened. This is clearly a man who is extremely angry, and is losing control. He has made death threats in the past. He is possibly bipolar and not taking his meds, and drinking. How could anyone not feel threatened by that? I’m sure any therapist who witnessesed that behaviour would deem their patient unstable and a possible risk to others. I think Esterzhas showed some restraint, far more than Mel deserves. I, myself, would have gone to the police with the recording.

        I hope he is done in Hollywood for good. He is an ugly man.

    • Irishae says:

      Except for the kids of course, nobody is innocent here. Mel is a psychotic bigot, Oksana is a half-retarded gold digging opportunist, and Eszterhas is…well…a slightly less than half-retarded gold digging opportunist. They’re all terrible people. /endthread

      P.S. I thought Apocalypto was bad ass.

    • Kitten says:

      @ Newtsgal-way to drag LiLo into it to deflect from Gibson’s insane behavior. FAIL. Try again, take a lap, etc etc.
      ANYWAY-You have balls to insinuate Eileen is a bad parent because she isn’t defending Mel’s insanity. She never said Esterzhas was without blame. But really-you paint Esterzhas as the VILLAIN in this scenario?? Good god, girl, get a grip. You remind me of the type of chick that becomes penpals with a prison inmate who was convicted of murdering his wife. Yeah, I said it. STOP defending misogynistic, abusive *ssholes. Seriously.

      • Newtsgal says:

        I wasn’t deflecting, was getting bored with the same ol’ same ol’ and happen to think the lilo story is funnier than h*ll!…I don’t know what the heck you were reading, but I never insinuated Eileen of anything…..and if you had bothered to read all the comments you would have seen that I agreed with Irishae and others that all involved are not innocent. Why are you pulling me in the spotlight, I’m not the only one to write this. As for the penpal issue, sounds like your writing from your own experience, what Bubba didn’t write back to you and that’s why you feel the need to lash out at people you don’t even know? Talk about abusive, you need to get a grip and maybe a reading comprehension class.
        I’m out!

    • The Other Katherine says:

      No, I have never had a moment like that. There is no excuse for that kind of behavior, ever. Period.

      Mel deserves to be exposed for what he is.

  21. db says:

    Oh please! Isn’t Joe Esterhaz the same screenwriter who was always bragging about what a tough guy he is, the same Esterhaz who sold a script for $2 million or something? If I’d put Joe and his family and assorted retainers up at my place to work–for which Esterhaz is being paid mind you–I’d damn well expect a script too!

  22. skuddles says:

    This makes me so sad, as have all his past racist, sexist, violent-minded freak outs – clearly he has some very serious issues. Such a great film maker but I suspect this will torpedo whatever was left of his career.

  23. Str8Shooter says:

    Gee, how soon before self-hating lesbian Jodie Foster rushes to his defense with her ‘I love this man’ crap?

    • Vesper says:

      Perhaps on the surface, after all the movie was already produced before the vile recordings were leaked. However, there was an article that quoted Jodie as saying “…don’t touch me” under her breath to Mel at The Beaver premiere. I’m sure she has cut off all contact with Mel like many others.

  24. d says:

    Out of all the people that Mel hatesin the world, I’ll bet he hates himself the most. Also think he’s been a ticking time bomb FOR YEARS, and that his behaviour has been indulged and coddled for years, and has been allowed to get worse and when people start saying no to him, like his wife, oksana,etc., it destroys him because it destroys this false self image that he has and he hates that. he hates that the reality of him growing old and ugly doesn’t match up with his mental image of himself. and so he flips out. seen it before. not on this scale, but very similar.

    • Vesper says:

      I do remember one article published soon after the incident with the female cop, years ago, in which sources said Mel was an angry man even back when he was in his prime. At least one former coworker backed it up. Mel has likely always been a bully.

  25. Newtsgal says:

    (I’m writing this really slow for you guys)
    For the last time, I an not defending Gibson. I think he is a crazy nutjob. As stated and agreed to with others before that, I think Esterzhas is guilty for being a dumbass for taking his kids anywhere near Gibson.

  26. Debra says:

    Gibson is total nutcase. He should lost custody of his daughter. It must be really hell for her to live with such psychotic evil father.

  27. mememe says:

    His monster is dark and demonic. That’s a man that will kick your azz every day of the week and twice on Sunday. No thank you.