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Joe Eszterhas

Mel Said John Lennon

Deserved To Be Shot

4/12/2012 6:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Mel Gibson celebrates John Lennon's death, claiming he deserved to die ... this according to the screenwriter of the failed "Maccabee" project, Joe Eszterhas.

In a scathing 9-page letter, obtained by The Wrap, Eszterhas claims Mel once ranted about the departed Beatle, "I'm glad he's dead. He deserved to be shot. He was f**king messianic. Listen to his songs! Imagine. I hate that f**king song. I'm glad he's dead."

According to Eszterhas, Mel saved his true fury for Oksana Grigorieva, saying, "I want to f**k her in the ass and stab her while I'm doing it."

And on the business side, Eszterhas claims Mel said this of Ari Emanuel, the head of the William Morris Endeavor Agency: "He's a c*nt Jewboy."

Mel has fired back at Joe, claiming the letter is a pack of lies.

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46.

RODOLFO    

MEL IS CORRECT! LENNON ONCE SAID HE WAS BIGGER THAN JESUS! THE BEATLES SUCK! ******* FROM ENGLAND...

904 days ago
47.

azlee    

do I understand this right? This is from a guy making a movie on the same topic that Mel was going to do...it flopped so now he is attacking?

so the point of this shout is what?

904 days ago
48.

azlee    

wasn't this guy that was going to do the movie too? Or am I remembering wrong?

904 days ago
49.

Wazzup    

Leave Mel Gibson alone before we lose a great actor and don't get to see great movies anymore!!!

904 days ago
50.

Sunset    

I totally believe Joe because this is just the latest in a long line of antisemitic mysogynistic horrible things Mel has said including on that tape we all heard. No one has accused Joe of those things. These things sound exactly like what Mel would say.

904 days ago
51.

Lexi    

He needs to go away. I'm tired of hearing him. Nothing good comes out of his mouth.

904 days ago
52.

GLaDOS    

Mel = COMEDY GOD!!

904 days ago
53.

Mr, Know it All    

There is absolutely no proof that Mel said any of this. This Esterhas guy, the epic writer of "Show Girls" writes a crappy script that the studio hates. He goes off the 5150 deep end and makes crap up. He should spend more time writing scripts and not making up this nonsense.

904 days ago
54.

Holly    

I'm surprised he hasn't killed someone yet. Maybe he has!

904 days ago
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Shuffle Demon    

Sorry but not buying it..seems like Joe is a little peeved Mel killed the project and thus cut hi out of cash for writing it and any cut of the film profits... highly doubt Mel is going to talk about OxSanity now... especially after he was silent all thru her extortion attempt

904 days ago
56.

Scott Levy    

I can't believe anyone has the balls to defend that lifelong anti-semite Mel Gibson. There's no doubt in my mind that Joe is telling the truth.

904 days ago
57.

Shuffle Demon    

wow...psychobabble is still here...amazing, how's things at the trailer park?

904 days ago
58.

Cartman    

Why won't TMZ leave Mel Gibson alone?

Talk about crucifixion.

904 days ago
59.

LuvLeeRita    

To the staff at TMZ, I believe most everyone here is tired of the same old story about Mel Gibson. Yes, he said some awful things in the past, yes, he said he was sorry. Now let it go, it's old news now. And anyone coming out of the woodwork to add their two cents is just beating a dead horse. NEXT STORY PLEASE !

904 days ago
60.

dimes    

Somewhere in Joe's letter he casually mentions that his son recorded on his iPod some of Mel going ballistic in Costa Rica. Bet that's giving Mel pause.

How did this letter get out in the first place? If you believe Eszterhas, he sent it only to Mel's assistant. The Wrap doesn't say where they got it. I don't know who leaked it, but I'd hate to be that assistant right about now.

904 days ago
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