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Mel Gibson

Ripped By 'Maccabees' Writer


4/11/2012 5:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Mel Gibson is sabotaging efforts to make a movie about Jewish biblical hero Judah Maccabee because he "hates Jews" ... this according to the film's screenwriter Joe Eszterhas.

Gibson and Eszterhas had been working on the project together ... until Warner Bros. suddenly decided to pull the plug ... and nobody seemed to know why.

But now, it's crystal clear -- there was a MAJOR rift between Gibson and Eszterhas ... with Eszterhas firing off a harsh letter to Mel earlier this week ... in which he says point blank, "I’ve come to the conclusion that the reason you won’t make ‘The Maccabees’ is the ugliest possible one. You hate Jews.”

The letter, obtained by, reads, "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.'"

Eszterhas adds, “You said the Holocaust was 'mostly a lot of horses**t.' You said the Torah made reference to the sacrifice of Christian babies and infants. When I told you that you were confusing the Torah with The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, ... you insisted 'it's in the Torah -- it's in there!' (It isn't)."

He says Mel only wanted to make “The Maccabees” so he could “convert the Jews to Christianity.”

In his letter, Eszterhas says he witnessed Mel rail about his ex-GF and baby mama Oksana Grigorieva ... saying, "You were raving at Oksana even after you’d reached a custody agreement over Luci."

“And then you were even more explicit about your threat: “I’m going to kill her! I’m going to have her killed!” You said you’d become friends with two FBI agents (or former FBI agents) and they were going to help you to kill her.”

Calls to Mel's rep have not been returned.


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Hey Harvey can you and your cop butt buddy prove the first Mel story yet?

Funny still no one else heard Mel that night on that busy street.. Funny how the cop cars camera some how missed Mel's rant but got the other drunk singing Queen years later..

Funny how no one in this guys police dept believed the bull**** story.. Funny how if you listen to the radio traffic of the officer talking to dispatch during the arrest you never hear Mel in the back ground...

Fail Harvey.. 10 years later and no one in LApd likes that lying cop to the point no one wanted him around or promote him.

922 days ago


Why do people always make it seem that being a Jew is a race or ethnicity? IT'S A RELIGION. The true Hebrew people of the Bible were Mediterranean with dark features. They looked like Arabs. What we see nowadays is a mixture of races who convert over to Judaism. What we see now is mostly Europeans who go around thinking that being Jew is their race, when it's not. They are either Polish, German, Russian etc, not a Biblical ethnic Jew!!!!!!!!!!

922 days ago


People should read up on Joe Eszterhas, HEll his past is even more ****ed up than Mel's..

Like how he has been sued twice for his bull****..

"Cantrell v. Forest City Publishing (1974)[4] is one of only two false light cases heard by the U.S. Supreme Court and involved Eszterhas. As a reporter for The Plain Dealer, he covered the aftermath of the collapse of a bridge across the Ohio River[5], including interviewing a widow of one of the men killed in the collapse. Months after the accident, he and a photographer visited the home of Margaret Cantrell. She was not home, but he talked to the children and the photographer took photos. His Sunday magazine feature focused on the family's poverty and contained several inaccuracies. Eszterhas made it sound as though he spoke to her, describing her mood and attitude in the story. Cantrell filed suit for invasion of privacy, and the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a $60...,000 judgment in her favor."

Then you get into his fail at scripts... Jesus TMZ way to tell both sides.. I guess everyone is afraid of Harvey to much to write anything good about Mel

922 days ago


Dude. A movie about a Jewish warrior? Dude, back in the day, they were epic. I would LOVE to see this movie.

I don't see how Gibson manages to still have that much pull in Hollywood though? Couldn't be the overall worldwide anti-Jewish (or as we should call it, antisemitic) sentiment that seems to be reflected in Hollywood opinion, could it?

Call them all out, Eszterhas! ALL OF THEM.

922 days ago


Eszterhas's "letter" to Mel was written for public consumption, designed to cover the fact that Eszterhas's writing was horrible. The letter is just a long series of lies, with no truth in it whatsoever. I hope that Mel sues Eszterhas for defamation of character. Eszterhas will not be able to call any witnesses at the trial, because there were no witnesses, because Mel never said any of those things!

922 days ago


Joe wrote a rotten script, I bet he cried to the Jewish Defense League and they paid him to make this all public with embellishments only a writer could make. That's my take on it. I don't believe a word Joe is saying.

921 days ago


Mel is one sick deluded SOB. But damned if he doesn't make some pretty good flicks!

921 days ago


Mel,who??? Who gives a flying F what this old geezer thinks? Come on! The old fart is probably going senile by now. He's a washed-up Catholic loon. Maybe Bill Donohue has an opening for him as a janitor at the Catholic League. Heaven knows, Bill has a lot of s#$@ to clean up every day, what with all the priest pedophiles rising to the surface from the murks of hell every day.

921 days ago


I would really love to finally see a Mel Gibson movie. The poor me "antisemitic" rubbish has run its course... I have have great sorrow for those who suffered the horrible holocaust but the Jewish people in Hollywood did not so please..... shut up and quit using your ancestors in this way... STOP!!!! They just don't want a Mel movie to show them all up because most everything coming from Hollywood sucks! Mel has made some incredibly moving movies. I miss them......

921 days ago


The stupidy of religious people never ceases to entertain.

921 days ago


Does this man every stop and think before he speaks? I used to have a huge crush on Mel Gibson - until I discovered what a disgusting, hateful, racist, bully, woman beater he is. I wish he would just go away. Hollywood should just blacklist him. I personally have blacklisted him and won't go and see any movies he is in. Even the old movies that he was in that I absolutely love I will not watch anymore. It's true what they say... a really ugly heart makes you a really ugly person.

921 days ago


I've read one of Joe's books and seen several of the movies that he wrote. He's best efforts are terrific. It's quite possible that he wrote a clunker this time. Every writer has their failures. After all, he wrote "Showgirls." He doesn't strike me as a wimp who would make false accusations because his work was rejected. Rejection is routine in the life of a writer. After hearing Mel's ravings on tape, I find it totally conceivable that he would rage like a madman, again.

921 days ago

Charlie Sheen's Watch    

Sounds like TMZ has it out for Mel. I mean really, this Joe guy spews all this garbage AFTER Gibson rips/rejects the guy's script. Yet TMZ fails to emphasize this motive. Instead, you guys write a quick few lines on the subject but bombard it with the allegations alone.

The guy is obviously a sham. Why come out with this AFTER Gibson rejects/harshly criticizes the guy's script? Come on TMZ.

921 days ago


No, Joe. Mel look at the writting of this movie and thought it wasn't go enough. Now you are just as mad at Mel Gibson as Oksana is not becoming a famous singer. Now you both go after him because you guys are mad. The truth is, your wrtting wasn't go ebnough to make into a movie, and Oksana isn't good enough to be a singer. the truth hurts, but you two need to.. GET OVER IT!!

921 days ago


Actually there was some very antiChristian passages in the Talmud, some calling for the death of Gentiles. They were censored by the Vatican who had the passages redacted over time.
Some occultist Jewish sects practiced child murder among other things.
These things happened a long time ago.

919 days ago
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