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Mel Gibson: The Tapes Don't Define Me

4/22/2011 9:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Mel Gibson has broken his silence over those incendiary audio tapes, saying, "It's one terribly awful moment in time, said to one person in the span of one day, and doesn't represent what I truly believe or how I've treated people my entire life."

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In the wide-ranging interview with deadlinehollywood.com, Mel says, "I've never treated anyone badly or in a discriminatory way based on their gender, race, religion or sexuality."

Mel shrugs off the torrent of criticism over the tapes, which he claims "have been edited," saying "I don't blame some people for thinking [I'm bigoted] though, from all the garbage they heard on those leaked tapes."

Mel also talks about the TMZ story in 2006, in which we published 4 pages of the arrest report which detail his anti-Semitic rant.  As we reported, at the time of the arrest, Mel felt the incident would be the last straw in his marriage.  Turns out it was true.  Mel tells "Deadline" he and his wife separated the day after the arrest.

Mel is mum on his battle with Oksana Grigorieva, but, as we first reported, says he pled no contest in the criminal case so he wouldn't drag his family through the mud.

The well-done interview also goes into great detail about Mel's new movie, "The Beaver," which some critics say is Mel's best performance ever.  The movie opens next month.


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Lori    

Here come the Melvin TROLLS!!!

1191 days ago
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Lori    

Wow...this is what you call "Damage Control" necessary to sell tickets to his movie.

How very sad.

1191 days ago
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yessir    

LMAO at him speaking about the tapes now that he has a movie out. Also, his explanation is ridiculous. He has a HISTORY of hateful behavior. This isn't a one time deal. i.e. I had a bad day. You've been saying hateful stuff throughout your life.

1191 days ago
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angelika466    

Get em Mel! You are the man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1191 days ago
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If sense were common everyone would have it.    

Actually yeah, they pretty much do. Or was it your alter ego?

1191 days ago
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Jen    

He needs to stuff a big ol weiner in that retarded mouth and stfu. Ugly racist woman beating pig.

1191 days ago
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Me    

it doesn't DEFINE him or show how he treats people in his everyday life but it shows how he is CAPABLE of treating someone. I am not team Mel OR team Oksana... I think they are BOTH toxic people and when mixed... they bring out the worst in each other. I also think she is a money-grubbing, calculating women. I use the term 'woman' loosely.

1191 days ago
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tony gee    


Oh, yes, it is who you are we heard on those tapes, so, why deny the very essence of yourself. It was not 1, 2, 3, 4 , 5 but a multitude of your rants pointed towards someone you think you loved.


You were exceptionally stupid making all those litanies of rants. I used to be a fan but not any longer. Don't you worry, the devil is waiting for you and you are exactly going meet him. I despise people like you. No redemption for you, none whatsoever.

1191 days ago
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angelika466    

FlBiker 3 minutes ago

guess you are staff since your profile is unavailable.

1191 days ago
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Annie     

Tell 'em Mel!!

Gotta love all these "holier than thou" posters who have never said anything in anger. Bless them all : )

1191 days ago
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TMZgossip    

wow
giblets blows the shiit out of Team LUNATIC

1. no denial of the recordings
2. "said to one person in the span of one day" -- another Team LUNATIC claim that the tapes were recorded over a period of weeks shot down in flames

poor OCTOdad; no port in the storm

1191 days ago
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fran    

Annie less than a minute ago

Tell 'em Mel!!

Gotta love all these "holier than thou" posters who have never said anything in anger. Bless them all : )

thats for sure Annie...Mel is a good person, and a good father .
GO MEL

1191 days ago
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Durp    

I always thought that you can always see a persons true colors by how they are at their worst and well Mel.....

1191 days ago
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Jus Another Viewer    

Mel you are awesome! That Beotch SET you UP and we ALL know it, (those of us that actually researched it outside of the main-stream media that is@) And the details of this Russian (hookers) past are out and public NOW! The truth is slowly coming to light, regardless of WHAT the lying main news channels TRY to spin. They have tried to make a monster out of you, if ANYONE was ever recorded while having an argument with a boyfriend/girlfriend in the heat of the moment we'd ALL be monsters!
Stay strong Mel, God Bless you and ALL the Gibson family. Get custody of YOUR child, and get that rotten H O E deported!
Team MEL / TRUTH!

1191 days ago
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TMZgossip    

angelika466 4 minutes ago

FlBiker 3 minutes ago

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