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Mel Gibson's Dad

Allegations of Elder Abuse

6/5/2012 4:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Mel Gibson
's father -- who filed for divorce Monday -- believes his wife has been abusing him, and Mel has jumped to his dad's aid ... TMZ has learned.

We're told Mel and his family have been tending to 93-year-old Hutton Gibson, who is seriously ill with a panoply of ailments.  Hutton is taking a slew of medications for his conditions, but we're told his wife, Teddy Joye (who is in her 70's) believes her husband's family is prolonging his suffering and wants to discontinue all medicines to accelerate his death.  She also believes that's what Hutton wants.

We're told Mel has taken the lead to ensure his dad is getting his meds, and believes Joye is guilty of elder abuse by her conduct.  Sources say Mel wants Joye out of his dad's house -- stat.

As we first reported, Hutton personally filed for divorce and even signed the divorce docs in shaky handwriting.

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We're also told Joye is going to fight it out with Mel -- possibly in court.

The animosity between Mel's family and Joye is intense.

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Susan F. Thompson    

Due to Mels past troubles combined with a drinking problem, it's hard to believe he's not "up to something". Older folks and ill ones are indeed hard to manage at best. We have no information as to what Mels' father's Doctor is recommending. So I would guess that Mel is somewhat of a controlling person.

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152.

Annette    

The Catholic Church is not against divorce so much as remarriage after ONE. And when a wife was withholding meds to accelerate someone's death, divorce is certainly better than euthanasia.

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Annette    

Hutton had to legally divorce this woman, otherwise if were to slip into a coma, she would then be able to make medical decisions and might well tell them to pull the plug. This way he can assign his true family members to be his power of med attorney, those who know his religious views against that.

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