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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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166.

THE BEAVER    

BOYCOT HOLLLYWOOD AND THEIR MOVIES..UNTIL THEY LET MEL GIBSON BACK IN!!

864 days ago
167.

Cujeaux    

Not that I'm defending this guy, but this looks like more Boss Hogg hijinx......


http://www.laweekly.com/2012-04-05/news/duncan-roy-jail-director-trapped/

864 days ago
168.

THE BEAVER    

Insread of Joe getting upset Mel Gibson didn;t like what he wrote, why don't Joe take it to another film maker/director and see if that dude thinks it is good enough to be made into a movie or not? Like Ron Howard for one. There are others out there than Mel, so why don't this cry baby take his work to another person to get a second opinon at least?
This guy and Oksana seem to take it out on Mel because things they want doesn't turn out for them, and that isn't right at all. If Oksana can't sing, she can't sing. If Joe can't write well enough to make something into a movie, than not Mel's fault. Those two shouldn' blame it on, or take it out on Mel Gibson for their lack of talent.

864 days ago
169.

jayjay    

Joe is just a sore loser and a liar!

862 days ago
170.

Tellthetruth59    

http://www.thewrap.com/movies/article/mel-gibson-rage-recording-costa-rica-37112

861 days ago
171.

mike drum    

If anyone threatened my son or talked to my wife like he did he have his ass beaten.this a-hole has lost his grip on reality

860 days ago
172.

jack m    

Give us a break Joe. Or or at least write it in a script and make a movie out of it. But I think you are way over the top on this one.

860 days ago
173.

jack m    

Joe one question why didn't you deliver a great script? You didn't write one page in nine months and then delivered a script that Warner studios said was anything but inspiring. It looks like you are a bit of a sore loser. But you now have a new plot that sounds like it will make a great thriller. Just be sure to sell it as fiction.

860 days ago
174.

Guderian    

Kosher Baloney. Hearsay and gossip are not admissible evidence- and libel is a serious offence.
Funny the formerly unknown Esterhaz now has gained infamy through Mel G's alleged anti-semitism.
TMZ's owner- a former attorney should know this

860 days ago
175.

kookoo    

i no LUKE !!!!!!!!!! HOLY NARDS THIS IS HIS DAD!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

838 days ago
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