Mel Gibson is having a very bad day. Screenwriter Joe Eszterhas, who accused Gibson of making anti-Semitic remarks in a nine-page letter, now has proof of his allegations in a two and a half-minute explosive, expletive-filled rant.
According to the Huffington Post, the audio was purportedly recorded by Eszterhas' terrified 15-year-old son, Nick, while at Gibson's family home in Costa Rica on December 7, 2011.
Last week, the Basic Instinct writer, who was tasked with penning the first draft of a script for The Maccabees, released a letter in which he accused Gibson of sabotaging the project because of his anti-Semitic views, The NZ Herald reports. "The letter emerged after Warner Bros announced it had put the project, which Gibson had been attached to direct, on hold - suggesting that Eszterhas's script lacked "a sense of triumph".
Nine-page letter to Gibson
In his letter to Gibson, which was obtained by The Wrap, Eszterhas said: "I've come to the conclusion that the reason you won't make The Maccabees is the ugliest possible one. You hate Jews."
He continued: "You continually called Jews 'Hebes' and 'oven-dodgers' and 'Jewboys.' It seemed that most times when we discussed someone, you asked 'He's a Hebe, isn't he?' You said most 'gatekeepers' of American companies were 'Hebes' who 'controlled their bosses.'"
"I believe you announced the project with great fanfare - 'a Jewish Braveheart' - in an attempt to deflect continuing charges of anti-Semitism which have dogged you, charges which have crippled your career," he wrote.
Gibson did not remain silent, but gave it like he got it at Eszterhas' claims in a letter that the website Deadline obtained, branding them "utter fabrications."
"I would have thought that a man of principle, as you purport to be, would have withdrawn from the project regardless of the money if you truly believed me to be the person you describe in your letter," Gibson wrote.
"I guess you only had a problem with me after Warner Brothers rejected your script. Both Warner Brothers and I were extraordinarily disappointed with the draft," he said.
"Honestly, Joe, not only was the script delivered later than you promised, both Warner Brothers and I were extraordinarily disappointed with the draft. In 25 years of script development I have never seen a more substandard first draft or a more significant waste of time. The decision not to proceed with you was based on the quality of your script, not on any other factor."
He adds: "I think that we can agree that this should be our last communication."
But Eszterhas didn't think so.
"He should be very careful calling me a liar," he said last week. "We have a recording of his actions and statements that my son Nick made in Costa Rica."
And he did.
In the recording, that captures only part of Gibson's rage described by Eszterhas in the letter, Gibson can be heard yelling at Eszterhas for not having a script in finished form.
"Why don't I have a first draft of The Maccabees? What the f**k have you been doing?" he screams.
The Wrap reports 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.
He also included his ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, in the rant, Gibson shouts, “I am earning money for a filthy little cocksucker who takes advantage of me!”
During this time, Gibson allegedly knocked down a totem pole and threw his cellphone on the ground.
This isn't the first time that an audio recording of Gibson has been released, The Huffington Post reported. In July of 2010, several clips were released online of the actor verbally abusing Grigorieva. In one clip, Gibson dropped the f-bomb 23 times in two minutes.
he badly needs help
Eszterhas told The Wrap that he decided to make the tape public today because "Gibson called me a liar. And I also have some reason to believe he's creating a PR blitz questioning my truthfulness," The NZ Herald reports.
He adds: "The bottom line is it shows to me he badly needs help," Eszterhas said, according to the NY Post. "My interest isn’t to damage him with this tape but to prevent damage being done to others, starting with Jews, including Oksana and now, I’m sure, me.
"I strongly believe that unless he seeks and receives some kind of psychiatric help, someone is going to get hurt."
And he did get help, if TMZ is to be believed -- in the form of legal advice. The site reports sources connected with Gibson tell TMZ that the actor believes he has a "basic human right" not to be secretly recorded in his own home.
"We're told Mel's people are looking at the laws of Costa Rica to determine if recording laws were violated and, even if they weren't, if Mel's right of privacy was violated by the release of the audio," TMZ reports.
Transcript of Mel Gibson Rant to Joe Eszterhas can be found here.
(Note: This transcript and the video above contain highly offensive language)What do you think?
Does Gibson badly need help or is this rant justified for having an unfinished, lackluster script?