Does Mel Gibson Need Psychiatric Help?

For a solid six or seven year stretch, Mel Gibson’s personal life overshadowed everything else about him. His wonderful acting roles and his brilliant directorial efforts were all swept away amidst a DUI arrest, a high profile rant about Jews, a divorce and a subsequent relationship that ended with threats and allegations of domestic abuse. Many wondered if he’d ever be able to reclaim his former glory, but a solid performance in the underseen Beaver, as well as a historical project entitled The Maccabees promised to help right the ship, at least until this recent string of bad press.

For the past week or so, Gibson and The Maccabees screenwriter Joe Eszterhas have been waging a vicious war of words in which the latter accused the former of making more offensive statements about Jews and threatening to kill baby mama Oksana Grigorieva. The actor denied the charges, but now Eszterhas has released an audio recording of a supposed rant in which Gibson freaks out about the script not being completed and screams about Oksana being a “filthy little cocksucker”. It’s all available to hear over at The Wrap, and it’s perhaps even more heinous than you might expect.

On the one hand, a case could be made that Eszterhas is clearly out to get Gibson given his willingness to release an audio recording of what was, if it wasn’t edited, a personal meltdown. Besides, the actor isn’t exactly the only person ever to say horrible things about a former spouse. On the other hand however, one can only find himself in so many of these situations before an observer has to start thinking there might actually be a problem.

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