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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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2idiots    

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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Gibson has denied MOST of the allegations - NOT ALL MOST (he denied hitting OG too).
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"THE GREAT MAJORITY OF THE FACTS .... ARE UTTER FABRICATION" - well "MR MEL" what is your definition of "GREAT MAJORITY" - why dont you tell us EXACTLY WHAT is TRUE and WHAT IS FALSE.
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If you're being accused of saying things that arent true....why not clear your name? That would be the right thing to do

887 days ago
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2idiots    

this is where it all went down. Property has been on the market since Mar 2012.

http://www.christiesrealestate.com/PropertyDetails/275972/1568624/1/1#275972/1568624/1/1

887 days ago
48.

SybleDunni    

Eszterhas, speaking with the "Today" show this morning, told Ann Curry that Mel said the "vilest and most threatening things"

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887 days ago
49.

Sheila    

They both need to grow up, I am a huge fan of Mel's work and not so much of Joe's but my gosh, two grown men behaving so poorly in public. If you go to someone's house and they treat you poorly you leave and do not go back, you end the friendship. If they are at your house then you ask them to leave and end the friendship. But you do not publicly air your dirty laundry because you both look stupid. And everyone knows, you never mix business with friendship or pleasure. Grow up both of you.

887 days ago
50.

Adam    

Anyone else remembe that Esterhas is the same guy who is so misogynistic PAUL VERHOEVEN stopped working with him, right? Said that after Showgirls he'd never work with him again? I think it's possible Esterhas might be doing this to push people's buttons because he didn't get his way with a lackluster script.

887 days ago
51.

2idiots    

Hey FLOCKERS - since you all possess such great insight into who MR MEL really is, why dont you take it upon yourselves to clarify EXACT what MEL did or didn't say.
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A group you were able to identify OG's "LIST OF LIES" (Sam can produce it remember) and you also identified the "EXTORTION" (which never came to fruition) and along with DEPORTATION (she's still here).
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So perhaps you can use your "skills" to weed thru the Joe's lies. Please, do us the favor and separate fact from fiction (since Mel or his attorneys wont)

887 days ago
52.

Sandra     

Joe is full of manure!! Unfortunately Mel is an easy target but for once I am on Mel's side!!

887 days ago
53.

MartyB    

Anyone who doesn't think this is backlash from the cabal that is Jewish Hollywood is an idiot. They tried to prevent him from making "The Passion Of The Christ," then they tried preventing him from getting it distributed, then everyone was surprised when he got drunk and started spewing about Jews...gee, like he had no reason to be angry with them. Jews should start looking inward. They are always the ones taking the lead in "hate America" diatribes, how is it they are so angered when they are the subject of same? Christ was right, "Hypocrites all..."

887 days ago
54.

Whatever    

You'd think he'd be more concerned about his kid who is sleeping with a knife.

Parenting 101, DON'T LET YOUR CHILD SLEPP WITH A KNIFE. It's really not that hard.

Joe Eszterhas, why don't you care about your child?

887 days ago
55.

Charlie Sheen's Watch    

Be honest with yourself and your readers TMZ. This guy is trash talking Mel because Mel rejected the guy's horrible initial draft script. The guy got butt hurt and now he is all out on Mel.

Please, at least have the common decency to report the truth instead of trying to make Mel out as the Lindsay Lohan target.

887 days ago
56.

buzz kill    

The best defense is a good offense. This slobs work sucked so bad nobody would accept it, so to save face he makes wild accusations.

887 days ago
57.

2idiots    

ddyduddy: about a minute ago
2Idiots -- ad hominems are all you can come up with?
You don't think Garbus and Horowitz are chomping at the bit for another chance at Mel or his money? In my opinion, they probably are.
Free speech is good; slander and libel are not. There is a difference, and if you don't know what they are then take some time and read up on them, 2Idiots.
As far as any of Mel's attorneys speaking up -- is this a legal matter? Af far as what we know, this is just the case of a man who is disgruntled that his screenplay was not met with glowing reviews by Mel or Warner Brothers studio. I'm sure that if and when it becomes necessary to engage in a legal battle, that Mel will have his legal eagles there.
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ZERO substance. You WANT OG to go for more bucks so you can have more reason to hate her....it was the flock who tried to drag her into this issue......
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as far as libel and slander - if what Joe is saying and has put in writing is false then why no legal treats from CAMP GIBBY - why not nit it in the bud?
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As far as Mel's LEGAL EAGLES, they didn't do that great of a job last go around - I think Paralegal Parakeets is more appropriate.
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I am waiting for the flock to weed thru Joe's lies - he handed you 9 PAGES of garbage....so please pick thru and tell us what is and isnt true

887 days ago
58.

Pat    

What a little *****! I always wondered why American Jews didn't join our military anymore Less than 1/2 of 1%) ) and now I know our men are better off. Once they let women on the front lines then maybe these guy's will start enlisting.

887 days ago
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Pat    

What a little *****! I always wondered why American Jews didn't join our military anymore Less than 1/2 of 1%) ) and now I know our men are better off. Once they let women on the front lines then maybe these guy's will start enlisting.

887 days ago
60.

2idiots    

@ Fuddy - why is the flock not concerned about "WHO LEAKED THE LETTER". I remember how you all went on and on and on about OG being the leak when she and Mel were at odds....YET there was NO PROOF WHO LEAKED WHAT..
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Here we have a letter that made it's way the the hands of THEWRAP.COM...a letter sent to MEL and his ASSistant.....why are you not jumping up and down wanting to know who leaked it?
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Your lack of interest in who the leak is....well it's VERY UN-FLOCK-like.

887 days ago
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