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Joe Eszterhas

Mel Gibson Made My Son

Fear for His Life

4/13/2012 5:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF



0413_ eszterhas_videoJoe Eszterhas says Mel Gibson's behavior in Costa Rica was so threatening ... Eszterhas' son slept with a butcher knife under his bed because he was so afraid of what Mel might do.

Eszterhas, speaking with the "Today" show this morning, told Ann Curry that Mel said the "vilest and most threatening things" he's ever heard while Eszterhas and his family stayed with Mel in Costa Rica to work on a movie script, "The Maccabees."

Eszterhas went on to say that the staff at the house became so afraid of Mel ... they told their kids to go hide.

A portion of Mel's rants are on tape, as TMZ first reported, but Eszterhas is unsure if he will release them.

For his part, Gibson has denied most of the allegations, saying in a statement, "The great majority of the facts as well as the statements and actions attributed to me in [Eszterhas'] letter are utter fabrications."

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Karls    

This guy is milking this, takes me back to Ox days..

859 days ago
152.

Pat    

This will end up just like the Rabi of a struggling Synagogue that was after Mel's money…wrote to Mel and said all of the past comments will be forgiven for $100,000. I couldn't believe that. I think this guy is after the same thing. I hate to say it, but I have to; its like the some of the "Hollywood" Jewish people are working hard at proving that Old stereo type that Jews are all about the money, seams to me they are?

859 days ago
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Pat    

This will end up just like the Rabi of a struggling Synagogue that was after Mel's money…wrote to Mel and said all of the past comments will be forgiven for $100,000. I couldn't believe that. I think this guy is after the same thing. I hate to say it, but I have to; its like the some of the "Hollywood" Jewish people are working hard at proving that Old stereo type that Jews are all about the money, seams to me they are?

859 days ago
154.

Sandy    

The amount of tendential ink that has been spilled in a deliberate attempt to vilify and tarnish Mel Gibson is truly unprecedented even by Hollywood standards. When Robert Downey Jr. was at the end of his rope and essentially persona non grata in Hollywood it was Mel Gibson who held out his hand to help Downey. Of course, positive stuff about Mel never gets mentioned somehow.

859 days ago
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thomas    

Honestly, who goes around secretly recording people unless they have an agenda or an axe to grind? It is painfully obvious that Joe Eszterhas is looking to cash in on Mel's misery and that he is simply another opportunist using Gibson's personal demons to get some media attention for himself and rake in the cash. Joe Eszterhas has no career at this point to speak of and the films he has directed in the past like Showgirls are woefully lame.

859 days ago
156.

thomas    

Joe Eszterhas should be ashamed of himself. Couldn't he find another way to resurrect his feeble career other than throwing Mel Gibson under the media bus of sensationalism again?

859 days ago
157.

Northerner    

this fat bloated jewboy is just a big loser trying to get his 15 minutes of fame and should just shut his big fat jewhole!
im with ya all the way Mel, you da man!

859 days ago
158.

txcn    

Eszterhas ought to win the worst father of the year award. Nothing like keeping your kid in a dangerous situation. Having your kid hide or sleep with a butcher knife under the bed. Boy wouldn't that just be in reach if you really needed it. And how about secretly taping conversations. Now that's a good way to get yourself killed. Yup, I would think the kid would deserve a good swift kick in the a** for pulling that stunt, rather than a lesson in how to use that tape against someone. Bet good old Joe gave his kid an allowance for that stunt.

Joes kid should be afraid, very afraid. He doesn't have much of a dad. Not nothing I would want to have to depend on. Where's child protective services when they are needed?

859 days ago
159.

kelly    

All of this sounds like it came out of the same instruction and plan book.


kelly82

858 days ago
160.

shirleyholmes    

All of this sounds like it came out of the same instruction and plan book.


kelly82

Good day Miss Kelly

Great to see you again.

Yes, another bad script, lol

Hope you will have a wonderful day

Bye

858 days ago
161.

RoccoRolo    

Gee, Ezterhas didn't seem to have any problem working with Gibson until Gibson told him to pound his allegedly sucky script.

Then all of a sudden Ezterhas has a laundry-list of grievances and accusations.

If Ezterhas perceived that Gibson was so erratic, objectionable, and whacked-out, why go to all these lengths to work with him in the first place?

It doesn't add up.

858 days ago
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THE BEAVER    


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Avengers.ironMan.3D.May.4: 1 day ago

Mel had a great and respected career in show business and then when he became old he decided to tarnish it...Go away Mel
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Do you talk out your azz alot?

858 days ago
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THE BEAVER    

I mean, really! Like Mel worked so damn fcing hard all his life. Then Mel set his own self up by taping himself,and fc up his own life work so some good for nothing low life gold digger can have it all. You need to think, before acting like an ignorant azz jerk towards Mel.

858 days ago
164.

shell    

This guy is a liar. the apology Mel mentioned in the letter was for having to release the guy and it just wasnt Mel-W Bros thought the script sucked too. I dont like that Mel spews out the racist remarks he does but he is a darn good director and actor and all of the movies that he has directed are great movies. Hollywood needs to get off their communist wrap and let him back in.

857 days ago
165.

THE BEAVER    

I bet Hollywood would welcome Mel Gibson back in if no one were to go see any movies they make until they learn to not be such an azzhole towards Mel, who didn't deserve to be kick out of Hollywood to start with.

857 days ago
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