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Mel Gibson calls Harvey Weinstein scandal 'a precursor to change'

Mel Gibson calls Harvey Weinstein scandal 'a precursor to change'”

Will Ferrell said "Daddy's Home 2" was "touch and go" to go ahead until they landed Mel Gibson and John Lithgow to star. In 2010, he was accused of using racist language and threatening to beat his former girlfriend and mother of his child, Oksana Grigorieva, in tapes submitted to court.

U.S. actor Kevin Spacey, director James Toback, producer Brett Ratner, actor Ed Westwick, Transparent star Jeffrey Tambor, TV host Charlie Rose, and Pixar head John Lasseter are also among those who have been accused of sexual misconduct.

In an interview with The Guardian, while promoting the raunchy PG-13 comedy that is billed as "family friendly", Gibson agreed that the sexual misconduct crisis engulfing Hollywood has been "painful".

As recently as 2016 that Gibson indicated that his experiences have not necessarily led to contrition. And in 2006, following his arrest for DUI and his Anti-Semitic tirade, Gibson made a sexist comment to a female police officer. He accused Jews of being responsible for "all the wars in the world".

His abuse of Grigorieva didn't come up during that Gibson character rehabilitation attempt. Whilst the controversial figure has been steadily working over the least few years, either headlining under-seen projects (Get The Gringo, Blood Father) or co-starring in ensemble pieces (Expendables 3, Machete Kills), it was his critically acclaimed turn behind the camera with last year's Hacksaw Ridge that has seemingly voided his pariah status in the industry.

But as Gibson argues that men should be held accountable for their inappropriate and harmful treatment of women, he might suggest that men don't look to him as a role model for accepting responsibility.

"It was an unfortunate incident".

So Gibson blamed his intoxicated state for the things that came out of his mouth.

"For one episode in the back of a police vehicle on eight double tequilas to sort of dictate all the work, life's work and beliefs and everything else that I have and maintain for my life, is really unfair", he said. And then it was made public by him for profit, and by members of - we'll call it the press.



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