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Mel Gibson

May Sue Joe Eszterhas

For Releasing Audio of Epic Rant

4/19/2012 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Mel Gibson
is seriously considering suing Joe Eszterhas for secretly recording him at his home in Costa Rica last December, and then releasing the audio rant.

Sources connected with Mel tell TMZ ... the actor believes he has a "basic human right" NOT to be secretly recorded in his own home. 

We're told Mel's people are looking at the laws of Costa Rica to determine if recording laws were violated and, even if they weren't, if Mel's right of privacy was violated by the release of the audio.

Mel explodes in the recording about Eszterhas' lack of progress with "The Maccabees" script  -- "What the f**k have you been doing!!" He also unloads on Oksana Grigorieva, calling her a ""F**king c**t, c**ksucking whore."

We're told Mel believes anyone recorded "at their worst moment" would sound awful, and it's unfair to trap people in their refuge.

One Mel source notes with skepticism that Eszterhas has made other allegations against Mel ... that the actor also ranted against the Jews and expressed pleasure that John Lennon was shot and killed ... but none of that is on the tape.


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i wish mg would just go away and die a lonely painful death.

926 days ago


Why didn't OG hang up on Mel when he called her? Why did she keep on with him on the phone, while she knew she was recording him? Oh, that's right -- she wanted him to hear what he sounded like so she could help him. No, wait a minute --Kris Herzog said OG told him she recorded Mel for money. No - OG said she recorded Mel because her mom told her to record Mel. Which is it? And yes, when you are recording someone then you have a part in directing the conversation. A person can't argue with you if you hang up on them or don't engage. But, OG engaged. Getting mad and blowing up is not criminal.

926 days ago


I've been married 40+ years and we have over the decades had some real verbal blow outs. I've said things and she has said things that were violent, vile and sick, but we know it was letting off frustration and we never took action on anything we said. On the issue of the recording I agree completely with Gibson. No one should be recorded in their own home without their knowledge and then have the tapes made public. Eszterhas has cross a line that makes him at fault.

926 days ago


First off, Mel's rants are kind of hilarious - but I am guessing if you're at the receiving end of one it'd be really scary. He's over-grown toddler trying to throw a temper tantrum - screaming his head off like poor little boo boo, no one hears him and he's frustrated!! It's sad because it's so obvious Mel feels really powerless and tries to make up for it by hollering like a banshee and threatening everyone. Good god why hasn't anyone taught this wrinkly gray-haired coward a lesson?

926 days ago


Can you imagine going through life wondering if people are taping you all the time? Creative people are often (not always) a little, shall we say, different that most and sensitive too. Combine that with alcohol, public scrutiny, a divorce after a long marriage, etc etc.... he need to relax right now and go away and get better and then come back better than ever. If anything, Hollywood loves a a tale of redemption!

926 days ago


What is beening done to Mel is wrong...He has the right to say anything he wants to in his own home. Since this Joe was taking his money for work not done he was stealing. I would be upset too. People should take note of what is being done to Mel because it could happen to you.

Mel is a wonderful actor,director and person. The pleasure and good he has done far outweights what rants he has had. He was wronged each time he spoke his mind. And that is his right.


926 days ago


Muppet: 5 minutes ago
You don't think telling someone you're going to write a script for them and being paid Lord knows how much money to do that, then showing up with nothing isn't baiting someone?? You can bet he knew Mel was going to be angry so he had his son record it!!
You are completely brainwashed and will look for whatever excuse you can get your hands on to defend "Mr Mel".

926 days ago

Ira Goldman    

Mel should keep this image up for another year (after he sues and wins from the Dbag that was recording him) and then turn it around into minting gold for his own production company.

Everyone likes seeing people at their worst, but most people like a comeback even more.

926 days ago


Mel's worst moments have lasted a lifetime, these rages are nothing new but those people making money off him have kept it quiet.

926 days ago


He was still with the w hore during this time so he didn't know he was being recorded....Its been a couple of years since he was with Oksana so this guy brought his son to his bosses house knowing he didn't get his job he thought Mel wouldn't explode on him in front of son...evil **** using his kid

926 days ago


he would need to be a human to have so called basic human rights but he's not human he's a foul mouthed bitter pig and perhaps the ugliest ( yes mel your foul insides are seeping outward ) former sexiest man alive.

926 days ago


I agree with Mel Gibson. These hypocrites and deceivers that lay in wait to betray a person’s trust then destroy when they don’t get what they want. If the recording shows one thing, it is the slimy character of Mr. Joe Eszterhas. I say go Mel and sue the pants off this guy and let him see how it feels to be exposed without consent.

926 days ago

Mark Alcock    

Mel is out of control, a 5150, he is a danger to himself and others he comes in contact with. Someone needs to step in and put this guy in a nut house.

926 days ago


Sue the snot outta Joe. I would put money that everyone posting here has ranted and cussed and would look/sound just as stupid if they were recorded at that moment. Joe is a slimball s*** bag. SUE the $hit outta him Mel. Make him pay

926 days ago


Mel Gibson needs to go somewhere far away and stay gone. He cusses this guy out in front of his family, then tells the press that the guy is lying about it. Now he wants to sue for being proven a liar? What an *******.

926 days ago
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