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article imageDe Niro supports Gibson after racist death threat

By Andrew John     Jul 12, 2010 in Entertainment
Mel Gibson has got the support of movie legend Robert De Niro after being dropped by his talent agency following a racist rant and a death threat against his former girlfriend.
William Morris Endeavor Entertainment dumped the Mad Max, Lethal Weapon, and Braveheart actor – also responsible as a director for such movies as The Passion of the Christ – after he allegedly assaulted and made death threats against his ex-girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva.
Now, Oscar-winning De Niro has said that he hopes Gibson will “get through” the fallout that followed his rant, which was caught on tape.
De Niro was speaking at a news conference in Melbourne, Australia, where he’s shooting The Killer Elite, which also stars Jason Statham and Clive Owen.
Of Melbourne, he said: “It’s a terrific city, even in the winter, not like New York, which is cold and slushy.”
But he also seemed to take pity on Gibson: “I hope he gets through all this. It’s unfortunate, you know.”
The New York Daily News says Gibson’s agency retained the actor only because of his link with his former longtime agent Ed Limato, who died early this month.
The paper quotes an agency source as saying: “Mel was really important to Ed. He was with him for 32 years and I think Ed saw him as a son.”
An earlier New York Daily News report says Gibson was “caught on tape erupting into a racist, profanity-laced tirade at his baby mama – the latest and ugliest development in the couple’s bitter legal battle.”
Sickening threats
The tapes, says the report, are also “laden with sickening threats” such as “I am going to come and burn the f---ing house down” and “How dare you act like such a b---h when I have been so f---ing nice?” (deletions by Daily Post).
In a twist to the story, ABC News says there was more to the agency’s decision to dump Gibson than morals. It was also about money.
“Its revulsion may be genuine,” says the report, “but the decision also was based on the bottom line, a calculation that Gibson no longer has real monetary value to the agency.”
Hollywood, it says, has often overlooked “reprehensible, even illegal behavior” when money is at issue.
Gibson’s outburst has left his reputation “in tatters” – and “that’s a deal-breaker.”
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