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Mel Gibson -- Kid Tested, Father Approved

3/20/2011 10:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Mel Gibson is set to begin his court ordered community service at a kid's charity in L.A. soon -- and  he's already getting support from some of the parents ... TMZ has learned.

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In fact, one set of parents associated with Mending Kids International tells us they're more than happy to help give the actor a "brand new start" because Mel has helped fund a life-changing series of operations for their foster son over the past couple of years.

James Nicol tells us his Ethiopian-born son Berhanu was only able to undergo an expensive series of medical procedures to help fix severe spinal issues ... thanks, in part, to Mel's generosity.

Nicol says his family is still active with the organization ... and they're excited for any assistance Mel can provide ... despite the fact his community service is the result of a plea deal in a domestic violence case.  

James says he completely trusts the actor around his child ... saying, "If Mel was coming over to our house to play ball with my son, I would not be the least bit concerned."


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Phil    

Why do you feel Mel Gibson is worth defending? Why do you think he was just in court? Hitting a woman. Oh and Hitler was kind to children too -- the ones he didn't throw in ovens. Oh yeah -- Mel doesn't believe the Holocaust happened... er... I mean his daddy the Nazi. Nice family.

Night-nite Mid-Western racist. You and Mel's Church are boring me.

ZZZzzzzzzzz

1221 days ago
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Midwesterner    

Phil seems to have left.

1221 days ago
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Midwesterner    

@Phil/#16

Mel Gibson is worth defending because he has made magnificent contributions to the fields of film and acting while using his fame and fortune for good causes.

Mel Gibson's father is not Mel Gibson, and neither of them are "Holocaust deniers." (Hutton has simply asserted that fewer than six million Jews died in the Holocaust.)

I am not a racist.

Why do you feel the need to lie?

1221 days ago
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igotfleasfromtmz    

Since it all came down the burning , Phil must be a Jew ish type

1221 days ago
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Midwesterner    

Since it all came down the burning , Phil must be a Jew ish type

Posted at 1:28 AM on Mar 20, 2011 by hellnurse

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Hi, Hellnurse! It's either that, or his lack of success pushing the idea that Mel is a racist. Interesting how he finds the truth boring, poor little boy.

1221 days ago
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Midwesterner    

I wonder if Harvey doesn't know what became of the motions Ox's lowers filed, or if he just doesn't want to admit he knows.

1221 days ago
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igotfleasfromtmz    

Hi MW. yes p oor tiny boy

1221 days ago
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igotfleasfromtmz    

MW a gag is a gag case in Family court not over yet.

1221 days ago
24.

CGee    

Phil,seems like hellnurse and midwesterner are brown-nosing mel worshipers, only snakes are lower to the ground, how pathetic. So he supports a charity for a tax write off, still does not erase the domestic violence,racist/anti semite rants.

1221 days ago
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igotfleasfromtmz    

Stilly trying to pin DV on him.
LOL LOL LOL
didn't happen did it.
LOL LOL LOL

1221 days ago
26.

Midwesterner    

Phil,seems like hellnurse and midwesterner are brown-nosing mel worshipers, only snakes are lower to the ground, how pathetic. So he supports a charity for a tax write off, still does not erase the domestic violence,racist/anti semite rants.

Posted at 1:39 AM on Mar 20, 2011 by CGee

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Ox's extravaganza of edited phone calls and answering machine messages are not "racist and anti-Semitic rants." "Racist and anti-Semitic rants" would be rants on the topic of race and/or a Semitic people. While there are a few politically incorrect references to two racial groups on the infamous "tapes," they contain no references to Semites, Jewish or Arab.

And as to the press's beloved five-year-old Officer Mee incident, Mel Gibson was drunk. While drunkenness is disgusting in itself, the encounter did not generate a reliable indication of Gibson's attitude toward Jews.

And we should all remember that we have only the incompetent and self-serving Officer Mee's assertions regarding what words were uttered.

1221 days ago
27.

twilightmom    

@midwestern
Haha, you caught that huh! Lol

@phil
A slap is different than a punch. Evidence this extortionist gave is outright bullish.it. As a nurse AND a former dental asst there's NO WAY she was *punched* in the face twice.
NO WAY!
And for his words, we ALL say things in the heat of an argument. And what did she say to elicit his anger? We don't know that, do we? Why? Because she ALTERED the tapes and re-rerecorded herself OVER the tape. Who remains that calm with someone loosing their sh.it and calling you names on the other end of that phonecall?? One can argue that a DV victim would do things to pacify their abuser to not further enrage them, but that doesn't fly either. She taunted him throughout, even laughing at times.
'you're going to answer. Boy, are you going to answer".

1221 days ago
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igotfleasfromtmz    

They did the same thing to Sheen 2 wks ago , started the Old typical antisemitic bu.l.shi.t
and found Sheens mother was Jewish. Haven't heard a peep out of the foot and mouth group after that.

1221 days ago
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Midwesterner    

Phil,seems like hellnurse and midwesterner are brown-nosing mel worshipers, only snakes are lower to the ground, how pathetic. So he supports a charity for a tax write off, still does not erase the domestic violence,racist/anti semite rants.

Posted at 1:39 AM on Mar 20, 2011 by CGee

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As to domestic violence, show me the proof. We've seen none as of yet. Even though Gibson admits to slapping a hysterical person to bring her back to reality and prevent injury to his child, to say one slap rises to the level of DV is to trivialize that important issue.

1221 days ago
30.

balance63    

What I like about this story of a celib being genourous, is that its not the star telling us, (or their publicity machine). I am sure there are numerous case of Mel helping others, but doing it quietly. Its just a shame that people dont care to record him as he is making a donation to charity. Mel obviously has anger and "gold digging russian whore" issues, but that doesnt mean he isnt a kind and caring person.

1221 days ago
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