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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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ok. Is it an iphone or an ipod? Can you record with an ipod? Is it a audio recording or a video. He slides these words in and out.

920 days ago


For the love of god! If his kidd was soooo afraid why didn't this jacka$$ take his kid somewhere else. Why, Because he is a bloodsucker like everyone else in HollyLand. He has now made himself untouchable in hollyland because he had done this, what a fool!

920 days ago


i'm sure mel said some crap as he's mentally ill, but it says a lot that this Eszterhas guy is only complaining after he turned in a horrendous script that cancelled the whole project.

920 days ago


This guy needs to get over it.

920 days ago


Joel ha a rep of lying... including two supreme court cases for it..

funny how scaredy pants was ok with Mel till Mel told him to beat feet

920 days ago


Really? The story gets more outlandish with every report. I don't believe it because it is just too ridiculous. It is like the dude makes something up everyday and has to get it out there. Whatever.

920 days ago


So he says his son was so scared he slept with a knife. And he still stayed? What a great father. Gibson obviously to the surprise of no one has a temper. In the first place he shouldn't have worked with him if he wasn't prepared to deal with it and for another why is he just now, after his script was rejected, bringing it up. And why bring it up at all? No one cares about his stupid personal grudge.

920 days ago


I felt this guys pain until i read this. So we are sponsering another nut job with entertainment dollars. All 3 need serious intervention. It's better to be quiet and let people think you are stupid than to open your mouth and erase all doubt. these guys are suppose to represent our brightest and best and all 3 are over medicated has beens. Anyone who would stay where your child has a butcher knife under his bed needs parenting classes.

920 days ago


I don't believe this piece of garbage,Mel didn't like his script so he's trying to trash him. I'd sue his ass for defamation of character!!!

920 days ago

Tammy Haynes    

Dear Mel,
You are so F***ing powerful...duh

920 days ago


this story needs to go away already

920 days ago

Mike Sarasota    

Here we go again another over the Hill hack wants to make himself relevant again by < shocking calling Mel Gibson out as anit Jewish and causing fear in his kids this his publicists idea???

920 days ago


Hearsay, hearsay. That's all this is. If Mel was such a rotten person why did you even sign on with him in the first place? And your story and OG's story sound very similar. Have the two of you been trading stories?

920 days ago


I expect Garbus and Horowitz to enter at any moment....lights, camera, action!

920 days ago

Tigers Wood    

"One of the first red lights" Eszterhas said he got about Gibson's anti-Semitism came when Gibson told him "he wanted to do a movie ... that would convert the Jews to Christianity. That's not 'The Maccabees,'" said Eszterhas. "The piece I wrote is the Jewish 'Braveheart.' I'm proud of it."

920 days ago
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