July 18, 2010

Tonight on Larry King Live!

Posted: 12:00 PM ET

Mel Gibson: Before the Controversy!

We’ll look at Mel Gibson’s life, career and

his rise to the top of Hollywood in a

classic interview with Larry King!

We want to hear from you!

What is your take on Mel Gibson now?

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Doubtful   July 16th, 2010 7:19 pm ET

I find it awfully suspicious that these alleged telephone calls are released on a daily basis to celebrity websites. Now today we see a photograph of this woman that looks like she took it herself. I believe we are only being given selected pieces of information and this woman somehow is directing this whole show. If she really is a victim of domestic violence why is she leaking all of this confidential information to paparazzi before turning it over to law enforcement? I am not ready to make any kind of judgment against Mel Gibson until I see the whole story.

Peter C Heseltine   July 17th, 2010 5:19 am ET

I know he is a great person. He is what he is, no acting just being
Peter. LA Alberta, Canada

BENJAMIN GYAMERAH   July 16th, 2010 7:20 pm ET


Lise Lavoie   July 16th, 2010 7:30 pm ET

My thoughts are this: Shouldn't we ALL wait and confirm the facts before making any assumptions. The news and media alike like to throw a lot of "allegedly this" or "allegedly that"- yet, I want to wait till all the tapes have been analyzed and the police are done with the investigation. By tainting the investigation with all these supposed-ed allegations, we cannot truly believe in "Innocent till PROVEN guilty". The girlfriend could have "allegedly" tampered with the tapes and "allegedly" set the whole thing up if we are going to follow what is being "alleged" out there!!!

Susan   July 16th, 2010 7:31 pm ET

I personally cannot stand the man now–I just loved him in the movie "Tim" many years ago with Piper Laurie–boy has he changed for the worse. I hope he gets his just desserts!

Smith in Oregon   July 16th, 2010 7:38 pm ET

The US Congressional Reporting Service (CRS) report states that from FY 1994 through FY 1998, Israel received $29 billion in waived loans. It is, therefore, reasonable to consider all loans to Israel as generally the same as grants. It is time for America to pull the plug on giving Israel enormous amounts of free American taxpayer dollars for nefarious and highly questionable aggression by the Israeli Defense forces on civilians across the Middle East. Targeting and murdering Arabic scientists is not winning the hearts and minds of the Middle Eastern people, it is a callous, crass International crime against humanity.

Smith in Oregon   July 16th, 2010 7:40 pm ET

The U.S. is providing Israel with at least $7.0 million of free American taxpayer dollars each day* in military aid alone and is giving the Palestinians $0 in military aid during Fiscal Year 2009.

* The source for US military aid to Israel during Fiscal Year 2009 is the Congressional Research Service’s “U.S. Foreign Aid to Israel,” written by Jeremy M. Sharp, Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs, updated February 3, 2009. According to this report, by early February 2009, the US taxpayers had already given Israel at least $2.55 billion ($2,500,000,000) in free military aid for Fiscal Year 2009.

Other free American taxpayer Billion dollar aid to Israel are even larger and intertwined with Israeli's military actions. Example 17 Billion free American taxpayer dollars to Israel for Israel to give back Golan Heights to Syria after Israel seized it during the previous war. Yep, American taxpayers gave Israel 17 Billion dollars to give that seized land back.

Keith   July 16th, 2010 8:06 pm ET

After his horrible remarks against gays and lesbians many many years ago, I began a campaign amongst my friends to boycott any project he had coming down the pike. His hatred and pure rage has since proven that I was right time and time again. He hates women, Jews, African Americans, gays, and probably the Tooth Fairy. I hope that this latest tirade is the final nail in his coffin. People keep throwing the words "mentally ill" around when speaking of this latest outburst, but quite simply, he's a bigot and a racist, nothing out of the ordinary; also not out of the ordinary, like many so-called "Christians", he's a paranoid promoter of pure hate.

Michael Armstrong Sr.   July 16th, 2010 9:02 pm ET

Dang Mel wheres your head at dude your fans love you get your act together .

Rand Spokane wa.   July 16th, 2010 9:04 pm ET

Good evening all.

Sam   July 16th, 2010 9:07 pm ET

Mel is great in many ways....but those who can not reach the grapes, they say it is bitter :).

Valerie   July 16th, 2010 9:07 pm ET

Mel Gibson is an A-list actor! So glad you re-aired the 1997 interview, and this is the way people should see him. Looking forward to more great things from Mel.

Joanne   July 16th, 2010 9:09 pm ET

I don't approve of Mel's infidelity or abuse of alcohol. Nevertheless, I still believe he is basically a good person, and I support him completely. I am of the opinion that Oksana set him up.

Ramon Rodriguez   July 16th, 2010 9:12 pm ET

I'm on Mel Gison's side. Listening to the tapes, if they're ligit, sounds like he was set up. She's a gold digger !

Deborah Forbes   July 16th, 2010 9:12 pm ET

Mel Gibson's body of work as an actor/director stands by itself. He is brilliant! I will continue to support him in that effort. The public display that this woman has made of private (perhaps manipulated) conversations is reprehensible and says a lot more about her character than his. Also, if a man Mel's size punched her in the mouth hard enough to do damage to her teeth as she claims, her lips and face would have sustained a lot more damage. I think this woman is simply manipulating the press and the public for what she was probably after from the beginning – money

Rand Spokane wa.   July 16th, 2010 9:12 pm ET

I don't know Mel Gibson personally so I'm not about to judge the man based on hear say or what the media says. I'll tell ya this, He's a fine actor and I like his movies.

Betsy Dillard Stroud   July 16th, 2010 9:13 pm ET

Admittedly, Mel Gibson appears to have a serious alcohol problem. His vitriolic rantings are all indicative of a troubled and desperate person who needs therapy and treatment. While I am shocked by the racial slurs and angry outbursts, I am not surprised that a person poisoned by alcohol (and perhaps drugs) does such things. What I am surprised about are the tapes. They appear staged. When his girlfriend talks, their is little inflection, even though moments before, she has been the recipient of out of control rage. It did occur to me that she was reading a script. Are we sure that it is Mel Gibson on the other end of the line? It also appears strange that these tapes are released like a tune released capsule to the media and the public. I do not excuse Mel Gibson for his alleged behavior or his vitriol, but I am suspicious that we don't know the whole story.

Linda in Arizona   July 16th, 2010 9:13 pm ET

Trying to rehabilitate Gibson's reputation? Think I'll watch something else. I don't like abusers.

Rachel   July 16th, 2010 9:15 pm ET

Mel has my full support. His former wife of 28 years said he never physically abused her, yet we're supposed to believe what seems to me to be a mean, vindictive gold-digger who seems to be intent on destroying him. I hope there's Karma and she gets exactly what she's giving out. Mel, hang in have a ton of supporters out here!

Nancy Friedman   July 16th, 2010 9:19 pm ET

Respect goes a long way. Mel Gibson has lost it privately and in the public eye. Perhaps he will look in the mirror, get some help and begin to regain integrity within himself and those that are close to him. Life is way to short to be this angry...with all those kids he needs to get a grip.

Michael Armstrong Sr.   July 16th, 2010 9:20 pm ET

The only thing I dont like about Mel is the screwed up narration in The Passion Of The Christ .

Lena Marie   July 16th, 2010 9:20 pm ET

I'm so sad to hear about Mel. Truth be said, I think he needs some help, not to be rung through the merciless media. Why are we so willing to crucify others? Let the man get some help and leave him alone.

Lucia   July 16th, 2010 9:21 pm ET

Mel Gibson is incredibly talented,unfortunately he is a victim of an incredibly vicious goldigger.

Loved him then and will always love Mel. He can do no wrong as
far as I'm concerned.

chuxter   July 16th, 2010 9:22 pm ET

He has to be bi-polar, after hearing the recording, and having lived with someone who was bi-polar, that's the only part that makes sense, either that or he's just so egotistical and...sad.

dianne robertson   July 16th, 2010 9:22 pm ET

First off I hope when he made all hi comments he was drunk, of course thru the years he has mad bitter comments about gays, Jews, and many others. He obviously needs help in several ways, first get off the sauce.,next go to anger management. How old is he ,6 yrs. ????

DAVID E. BUTLER   July 16th, 2010 9:23 pm ET

Well, it all starts with "Put down the seat" women can wind your clock!! And most of the time if you're in the middle you still don't know.....

pamela catherine   July 16th, 2010 9:23 pm ET

I am so discouraged to see this old propoganda old boys school episode of Mel Gison on Larry King. mel Gibson is an abusive eprson and needs help/ He has hurt and traumatised people and I am quite certain, despite that his ex wife is protecting him....that more information will come out about his abuse. he is a hypocrite and Larry should ot be protecting him.
Abuse comes in several forms and Mel Gibson has been brutally abusive. Hw should go to jail where he belongs.
Just becasue Mel Gibson is a movie star and has won an Oscar DOES NOT mean he is a nice guy. He is NOT a nice guy/ His ex wife is in denial because she is taking it personally. I am sure he was abusive to her and their children. She was probably abused on a daily babsis untilit beacme a normal occurance to her. The truth will come out. it always does.
Mel Gibson has money to protect his reputation and ruin that of his baby mama. He is disgusting and real people know that.
I am appalled that Larry is trying to protect this guy and showing old shows where this actor is acting like he's a nice guy. Give me a break. Mel Gibson is a danger. He is a criminal. He is an abuser!

Larry King stop protecting Mel Gibson!!!!

Tom Murphy   July 16th, 2010 9:24 pm ET

If that was Mwl Gibson on the tapes, and I think it was, he's dangerously insane.

Carrie   July 16th, 2010 9:25 pm ET

I have been so upset with all of the newscast, entertainment shows, for destroying Mel Gibson's reputation.... I cannot believe they are taking a word a woman who is an unknown, until she became Mel Gibson's mistress.... AM I THE ONLY PERSON THAT CAN TELL THE TAPES THAT ARE BLASTING THE AIR WAVES ARE DOCTERED AND SHE IS OUT TO GET MONEY MONEY MONEY FROM MEL!!! I cannot believe this brilliant actor, who has directed wonderful award winning movies, as well as played in them, has been thrown under the bus, for ratings for these talk shows... If I was Mel, I would leave America and go to a country where his talents are appreciated. I will just keep turning the entertainment shows off, until someone tells me they are leaving this wonderful actor alone... Its just unbelivable..

Catherine   July 16th, 2010 9:25 pm ET

There are a lot of unknowns–who is releasing the tapes?–why do they sound like a script that is setting up the male participant as if for commitment to a mental institution? This is a man who has done magnificent work throughout his lifetime and now his whole life seems to be crumbling around him...his family, his relationships, his reputation and even his sanity. His position is a pitiful one and I want to know what has brought all this about. The facts as they stand defy comprehension.

Stacey   July 16th, 2010 9:26 pm ET

I find these "tapes" kind of suspicious. Although there is no excuse for what is coming out of Mr. Gibsons' mouth, isn't it odd how crystal clear the ex is. It sounds as if both need some help, what about the child. What about all of the children for that matter!

Dottie Paris   July 16th, 2010 9:26 pm ET

Mel Gibson was a likeable person/star early in his career. I think, possibly, he is suffering from Alcholol abuse or drug abuse and he is going through the "don't want to be old" phase. He desperately needs help. Personally, I don't want to see him again in any movie.

Whether he can continue as a successful actor depends on him.

Dottie Paris

N in Las Vegas   July 16th, 2010 9:26 pm ET

Look, every person in the world is a complex personality and Mel Gibson in no exception. What demons dog him or anyone else can never be known, even by those closest to us. I feel terribly sorry for the pain this man is in. He's so much more than this scandal.

One thing seems obvious to me: Someone who genuinely want to solve a relationship issue or any other problem in their lives, does not run to gossip sites with doctored tapes. I'm not saying she was not in some way victimized. The way she's dealing with a crisis she partially created makes me faintly ill.

James   July 16th, 2010 9:26 pm ET

Why is it so hard for everyone to believe that someone as famous as Mel Gibson can have a very dark and personal life? Being famous doesn't make you perfect. If he is guilty of a crime he should be punished like everyone else under the law. And he has a history of this kind of behavior.

star   July 16th, 2010 9:27 pm ET

He has my full support. As bad as he is on those tapes –
he was trapped. He was used. It is extortion and he is very naive . He is a victim – goldigger got him. He will be alright. He will go back to his wife to ask for forgiveness and help/ He is a good man. And this is what matters.
That golddigger will not bring down american hero. It just cannot happen/ People will be behind him. He will shine again.

linda wareham   July 16th, 2010 9:28 pm ET

I am VERY skeptical at validity of these tapes, who & how they were released, and Oksana's "motivation & reasoning". It smells very fishy. Mel has anger issues, don't we all at times. We just don't have someone taping our private conversations for profit & fame.

Dusty   July 16th, 2010 9:28 pm ET

Just wish the media would give Mel time to either prove this was not as it seems and whether he needs further help with his alcohol & possible drug abuse? If so then let him get this done and apologize for the many racial comments he made and find out who he really is? Mel at one time built a church on his property maybe time he finds his God again and what life is really all about along with his 8 children show them the real father, who is not this screaming racial slurring person? At present I feel this woman pushed alot of buttons in time the truth will be known but until then media slow down.

James   July 16th, 2010 9:29 pm ET

It's just a shame after such a brilliant career.

Thomas Mudgett   July 16th, 2010 9:30 pm ET

I agree if that is Mel Gibson on those tapes he has some issues he need to resolve,but I did not know nothing about Mels personal life when he became a star.So why should I care about his peronal life now.Thats his personal life.I am sure there is alot of people that does not want their personal life out in the Public eye.The reason being, its their personal business not ours.I think that girl set Mel far as I am concerned Mel is a great Actor and Producer and as long as his Movies are great (and all of them are) I will continue to go watch his movies cause I love him as a actor/Producer. I think that girl friend of his is trying to ruin Mels career and the media is on a Witch hunt and is now trying to burn mel at the stake.Leave mel Be he has enough problems which is obvious

Michael Armstrong Sr.   July 16th, 2010 9:30 pm ET

I think Mel's problem is a wife with out of control spending habit's .

Elaine   July 16th, 2010 9:30 pm ET

A few years ago if I'd been Mel Gibson's Mom I would have been
bursting with pride – HOWEVER, today Soooooooo disappointed
that he left his wife after having such a large family (or did she get
fed up with his behavior and gave him an ultimatum?) It's enough
that he chose a younger woman – WHY did he bring another child
into the world – imagine the humiliation that child will have to bear let
alone his first family!!! Again, I am so disappointed that such a
smart man, good actor would go so LOW!!
I pray for his family – they do not deserve this embarrassment!

Chaney, La.   July 16th, 2010 9:30 pm ET

Maybe Mel Gibson was not out of character in his Mad Max role.
Mel has displayed some strange behavior before, so I will leave that to others to decipher.

Nancy   July 16th, 2010 9:31 pm ET

I will forever be a fan of Mel Gibson. He is an amazing talent and with that talent unfortunately is imperfection. Yes, he has an addiction, yes he needs therapy and possibly medication. I feel this is not the end of his career and he now has to take inventory of his life and fix what needs to be fixed. When I heard the tapes I knew they were altered. Her voice seems to calm and fixed in comparison to what it should have been. I never liked the woman, who the hell is she? If she has a history of treating people like crap after they leave her, she may be a seriously ill woman. I would like to see the pictures of her knocked out teeth. I know abused people and I have been abused myself. If there is anything that we learn from this is that the truth will come out and it may not be Mel's doing. We are all responsible for out actions and this woman is included. I do know there are two sides to every story, His side, Her side and the truth. Mel has never hit a woman and this is an alleged circumstance. Until we hear everything, I do not believe her until the entire story is out. And let us not forget there is a very beautiful little girl in this story that has parents fighting for her. Let's work through it and make sure this little girl has the best of both worlds.
Thank you Larry

angelique coulter   July 16th, 2010 9:31 pm ET

I hope when mel goes to court his ex wife and kids will be with him,it seems to me that mel is the one that could lose everything, how can a women do all that shes done, to a man,im sure she got some help.ihope when mel his ex and kids do show up in court with him,gr is made to feel so small.After all she started out wrong from the begining by having an affair with a married man.Of cource she ended up with a bump.I say rack, thimble full of money and far far away from Ca,Im sure that Mel must of been on some mind altering drug.For sure he was set uppppppp.

Esther Schnitzer   July 16th, 2010 9:33 pm ET

I do not like Mel Gi bson especially after the movies he has made. I believe all of the media regarding what he has said to his girlfriend. I don't know if he really cracked her tooth. I would never go to see a movie that he has made.

Zach   July 16th, 2010 9:34 pm ET

He is a jerk!

Kevin C   July 16th, 2010 9:34 pm ET

Mel is not a saint by any means but he is being set up. The picture is bogus. She would have had some signs of trauma to her lips even if the picture was taken weeks after the incident. The audio tape is very edited. She sounds like she is in a studio. Her part of the tapes has been over dubbed to make her case. She pushed his buttons to get the reaction she wanted.

Jeanne   July 16th, 2010 9:35 pm ET

Mel Gibson, a human being, a great actor..............
Why do people put actors etc, under a magnifying glass.,,,,
let he who is without sin, cast the first stone................

Eric (Austin)   July 16th, 2010 9:35 pm ET

Mel Gibson probaby has an anger-management problem and may very well be an alcoholic to boot ... But this deal was a setup. A complete ambush. Anyone who can't tell that from the context of that call is exactly as gullible as that woman hopes you will be. Can you imagine ANYONE not involved in a 'sting' calmly sitting and listening to someone going ballistic on them like that? Could you possibly do it? Could you continue a conversation in soothing mellow tones while someone was screaming at you that you had no soul and they wanted to hit you with a bat? Give me a break.

Love can drive you insane. He left his longtime wife and children for this woman and she took their child and kicked him to the curb. He bet his whole world on her and she crushed him. And yes ... it drove him insane. To make her even more of a gold-digging louse than she already is she's now taking a snapshot of that insanity to use as leverage in her upcoming plans for a legal/financial gutting.

Lis   July 16th, 2010 9:36 pm ET

Maybe Mel is getting ready for the most important role of his life, being Mel Gibson. Most of us have the leisure of falling apart in relative privacy. This man is genuinely broken. While I don't condone what he did, I hope he's getting the help and treatment he needs. What he did is fixable and forgivable. He's given us many thrilling film moments. Maybe in time, if he does the hard work and gets healthy again, we can look forward to more.

Joyce in Kansas   July 16th, 2010 9:36 pm ET

Always loved him.......always will.

Sally Nielsen   July 16th, 2010 9:36 pm ET

I think that Mel Gibson was taken for a ride. His ex-girlfriend I think
was out to get all she could get from him. She appears to be too
sneaky and was just waiting for an opportunity and she pushed the
right buttons to get that opportunity. I hope the justice dept. fing her out.

Bueli   July 16th, 2010 9:36 pm ET

We the public are to blame for making people like Mel Gibson rich and powerful. He is everything that we wouldnt want our children to be.
What a terrible example. He is an alcoholic, violent and resentful person. I would like to add ignorant too. I refuse to go to see his movies!!!!

lynne   July 16th, 2010 9:37 pm ET

Mel Gibson is a fine actor who is obviously going through a rough patch. He may be self medicating, suffering an undiagnosed mental illness or many other options. i beleive he needs anger management and treatment to determine exactly what is going on. Until that happens he has no buisness being near Oksana or baby Lucia.

I believe Oksana is a gold digger but she does not deserve to be hit.

Jo Sato   July 16th, 2010 9:37 pm ET

I hope he can get some help SOON. He is a great actor and I have always admired his fearless approach to any challenge.
some times we lose our way – I hope it is temporary for Mel.

Michael Armstrong Sr.   July 16th, 2010 9:38 pm ET

I like Mel from what ive heard so far his wife couldnt control her budget and pleading and begging didnt work .

Diana from Connecticut   July 16th, 2010 9:38 pm ET

I love Mel Gibson and I think he made a huge mistake when he got in a relationship with that woman. She looks like a gold digger and he deserves better. Even his wife of 28 years had no harsh words for him , so why should we believe in that woman? I think Oksana set him up and she is trying to get cash out of it since she doesn't have a proffesion , besides that she is trying to get child support and have a happy life without working.

Brenda   July 16th, 2010 9:39 pm ET

In no way am I condoning what Mel did to his wife – if what we hear is true. I still think Mel is a great actor and still has more to give. This could all be an elaborately planned set-up on the part of Oksana. If the tapes were edited as said, you can see where she could have set him up – angered him deliberately to get the reaction she wanted – taped it – and then leaked it to the tabloids just when a custody battle is ensuing. What a way to sway public opinion her way. If Mel Gibson is having problems, we should be trying to help him – not throw him under the bus.

CATHERINE RUNNALS   July 16th, 2010 9:39 pm ET

I find it hard to believe that while Mel Gibson supposely is throwing verbal insults or hitting this person, you hear no voice anger in the other party. I know if someone were to quarrel with me my voice would not be so low key, and in fact if that person hit me I would be shouting so loud. This sounds like a set up. The tapes are all Mel's voice while his girlfirend's is so gentle. Someone is setting Mel up. Now I am not saying this did not occur, but the other party is just tooooooooo calm. as thou she knew it was being tape. Mel should not be single out, which one of us has not lost it at times. Tiger Woods carreer is going on, now is cheating on all these other women and hurting his wife less than what Mel did. Please, I think Tiger's wife has had more pain than 2 tooth knocked out, if that is what truly happen. I will not judge Mel so quickly unless one has all the facts. I am not in any way in favor of hitting any women, although I know some women can truly provoke it. Ask any other man.

Rand Spokane wa.   July 16th, 2010 9:39 pm ET

They say the tallest tree in the forest gets cut down. Well Mel has been standing tall for a long time. Now he's got personal problems and rather than support him it seems some people just can't wait to cut him down.

Holly Adams   July 16th, 2010 9:40 pm ET

I feel bad for Mel Gibson, I think he is getting totallly hosed by his wife, I think she set him up for recording tapes, and like many wack jobs, is using
their child for her gain. Typical wacky wife manipulation. She has nothing to lose.

judge not   July 16th, 2010 9:40 pm ET

I will also reserve judgement until all the facts are in. Yes, the language is unbelievable but I find it obvious that this was a well planned set up. Her voice is so calm, cool and collected,well rehearsed. When you are the victim of such domestic abuse you report it to the police not Radar online. Unfortunately Mel you gave up a 30 year marriage for someone who saw an opportunity to further her "career" and cash in on your fame. I have a feeling there's a lot more to uncover about this woman then we know at the moment. I respect your immense talent, not your behavior, and hope this doesn't end your career. It will however cost you millions.

Mary Shaw   July 16th, 2010 9:40 pm ET

If I gave up seven kids, a wife of thirty years, millions of dollars in ailimony for a woman who turns out to be a golddigger, I'd be MAD too!
I don't believe in violence but I can understand the frustration.

Sandy   July 16th, 2010 9:40 pm ET

Mel Gibson is being racked over the coals...I do not believe those tapes are real! The lady is just too good, perfect to be for real. Shame on her. Shame on all who are willing to believe the worst of Mr. Gibson! Yes, I will continue to see his movies. Let's give him the benift of doubt, until all is laid out honestly. STOP PLAYING THOSE TAPES!!

Nelson   July 16th, 2010 9:42 pm ET

What Mel Gibson said and did is wrong. However, I don't think Oksana is all that innocent either. Remember, we dont know how this all started or what she did. Mel was never abusive towards his wife.

Sandy   July 16th, 2010 9:45 pm ET

I feel really sorry for Mel. I love his work and feel that for some reason he is very troubled. I pray that he can get help and that once again we will be able to enjoy his immense talent. God Be With Him ! Unfortunately Robin his wife was the best thing that ever happened to him, and when that marriage ended, he began to go off the deep end. It would be wonderful if he could put his life back together again, get back with Robin and live happily ever after.

Harvey Hames   July 16th, 2010 9:45 pm ET

I think he is one of the greatest actors to every make movies. I hope he continues to make many more in the future. I think this last woman set him up. He should have stayed with his wife and chrildren. I could say much more, but he is back on TV now.

tekle   July 16th, 2010 9:46 pm ET

why is a celebrity life that important? we love them or hate them based on their on screen performance. don't we all have a baggage that we don't share? as a black man my self I say he is a wonderful actor and everything else is non of my concern.

amy cleggamy   July 16th, 2010 9:46 pm ET

all news media remind me of members of a psych ward pointing fingers at a sicker member of the ward.

jackie o'cean   July 16th, 2010 9:47 pm ET

The revelations have put Mel Gibson on my 'hot' list.

I now possess an incredible desire to see anything artistic that he touches.

I became a fan after BraveHeart and there is absolutely no turning back.In front of or behind the camera this man is a genius.

nat in mich   July 16th, 2010 9:47 pm ET

If I would have seen this interview in 1997, I would have disliked him then. What century is he living in to call women "broads"? . How disrespectful!

Lyda   July 16th, 2010 9:47 pm ET

Larry king I miss your shows but as time passes and even shows must end. As with Mel Gibson maybe he too needs to take a step back and take care of himself and his family. He is an incredible actor and great director/producer he knows his stuff. Life is stressful and more so now in the world we live. I wish he and his family well. Thanks for talking about hamlet, Mel was great. Best movie with Mel – Brave Heart. bravo Mel.

Robin   July 16th, 2010 9:48 pm ET

I have always been a big fan of mel gibson and that has not changed. I believe he has been set up by a conniving woman. I think he's getting a bad rap. I love you Mel and I love your movies.

Michael Armstrong Sr.   July 16th, 2010 9:48 pm ET

If Mel is found guilty then I hope they kick his butt and he gets help .

Jackson   July 16th, 2010 9:49 pm ET

Ok people calm down. I would bet my life that every single one of you have made some off color comment about another race, religion, etc. It may have been in your car alone yelling at someone that cut you off or joking with your friends but at some point in your life you know you have. Myself included.

As far as these phone calls are concerned, you can tell that this this woman is a huge gold digger. You can just tell that she is setting him up and know that she has to calmly respond to him on the phone. Normal people would both be yelling in a situation like this butt she just prods him to get him to explode.

IF he actually hit her he shouldnt have BUT I'm sure that is a BIG "IF."
IF he had hit her, why didnt she go to the police when it happened instead of bringing it up months later when he turned off the flow of MONEY!!

Keep your chin up Mel!


neydog   July 16th, 2010 9:49 pm ET

Who could possibly come to a sound judgement without yet knowing either the authenticity or the context??

That said: Since I'm not interested in a personal relationship with Mel, I don't care about his personal life. I care about his material, and great material comes from turmoil. If these tapes are authentic and accurate, then he joins a long list of celebrities who have done far worse. Michael Jackson anyone?

Diane   July 16th, 2010 9:49 pm ET

Mel Gibson is a great actor and you can't take that away from him. Let this be a lesson to all of careful what you say and who you say it to. Many people have said things in anger that they deeply regret. If Mel Gibson did say all those things, hopefully he will learn from his mistakes and get help to find out why he is so angry at so many people.

jmjordan   July 16th, 2010 9:51 pm ET

once the deceitful girlfriend gets her money he will be fine. He could use a break from work and some rehab maybe. I enjoy his work. people are 2 rdy 2 condemn. They need 2 step back and look within. None are perfect. Need to lift up and help instead of tearing down.

angelique coulter   July 16th, 2010 9:51 pm ET

I'm waiting to watch braveheart when it comes on tv later this month, i think that that women is the brave one, to of done what she did,and Mel's the one whose heart is going to be torn apart and maybe his freedom lost. I HOPE HE HAS SOME GOOD PEOPLE WORKING ON HIS TEAM.....

Eileen Myhre   July 16th, 2010 9:51 pm ET

I am very skeptical at the validity of these tapes. We should not make a judgement at this time. You never heard anything in the past regarding his 1st wife, I think if he had hurt her we would of heard it all over the news. And she would have gone to the police.

fanta   July 16th, 2010 9:52 pm ET

He is very generous and kind .he is the victim of setup.we always love him nomatterwhat?? Thier are people ready to distroy his life and careeer...u can see from his interview.I hope juistice will go after these too.

GVIN   July 16th, 2010 9:52 pm ET

She's the one who is messed up! Who records their conversations like that?! She is the one who needs help. She blackmailed him. She looks like she is on drugs all the time. I support Mel. She obviously knows how to push his buttons.

Brenda Howard   July 16th, 2010 9:52 pm ET

The media is not the truth. We are a nation of people who love gossip. We think because we buy or watch movies, we have a right to dictate lives. We build up and we tear down. I pray that God will give this situation the solution that will show his forgiveness, strength and the power to move on. You are a great actor.

lyn   July 16th, 2010 9:52 pm ET

No one who knows Mel Gibsons work can deny his talent or passion..So why is everyone so confused to his response to a woman who capitlized on his fame and was smart enough to capture his passion for the love he thought he had for her.. Shes a user! Was it done tactfully or appropriatelly ? No..., but think about his roles and his works. He s a passionate guy whos intensity and probable abuse of substance just brought his passion out even more.. So I still wiil watch Mel Gibson in the future .And those of you who don.t have passion and never curse or yell! Stay in your glass house.:)

Michael Armstrong Sr.   July 16th, 2010 9:55 pm ET

@ Robbin I totally agree .

Debbie Gronlund   July 16th, 2010 9:55 pm ET

I love Mel Gibson movies and no gold digging woman is ever going to change that.

LOUIE   July 16th, 2010 9:56 pm ET


Nancy   July 16th, 2010 9:56 pm ET

This whole thing smells like a rat! I think Oksana was a goldigger from the get go! Doesn't she already have a child with Timothy Dalton? Maybe you could get a comment from him!
Mel is no angel but he doesn't deserve this! He is having a huge midlife crisis like a lot of men his age. His ego got the best of him!!

Laura   July 16th, 2010 9:58 pm ET

Mel Gibson is only human. He is imperfect, like everyone else. I admire his acting skills and have truely enjoyed the movies I have watched that he has been in. I feel compassion for anyone who is enduring trials in realtionships and marriages. I heard one of the tapes of the rants but I find it suspect. It seems like it was doctored. The woman's voice sounded calm and deliberate, bating him. But also, I wonder if that was really Mel Gibson's voice. Either way, I hope Mel will get help and clarity on what is right and wrong as regards treating women with due respect and I hope he will find peace of mind and heart. He is still one of my favorite actors. He puts everything into his movies to our benefit.

GVIN   July 16th, 2010 9:58 pm ET

She's the one who is messed up! Who records their conversations like that?! She is the one who needs help. She blackmailed him. She looks like she is on drugs all the time. I support Mel. She obviously knows how to push his buttons.

Joe Potter   July 16th, 2010 9:59 pm ET

It is sad, when a completely illegal act (taping another persons conversation over the telephone without his permission) is broadcasted by the press without the wronged persons consent. It is obvious that the person recording the conversation is aware that the conversation is being taped. Releasing of the taped conversation is the responsibility of the person that allowed the taping. The news agencies that broadcast it are contributing to the crime. If the tapes have been altered, than the news agency is even more responsible. Because of the illegal act of obtaining the tapes, it is irresponsible for the news agency to broadcast it without the consent of the wronged person. Are news agencies supporting the commission of crimes?

Braveheart 4ever   July 16th, 2010 9:59 pm ET

I'm not buying what she's selling. She's poison & vile. I hope Mel's hollywood friends like Danny Glover and Julia Roberts speak out on Mel's behalf and not run away like so any fair weather hollywood friends who are too afraid to do anything that may damage their image. Kudos to Whoopie Goldberg who came out to support her friend! Mel is a decent, good and honest human being. Stay strong Mel!

marishka   July 16th, 2010 9:59 pm ET

he made sooo many people soooo much $$ – where are they now to help him?? including his agent who dropped him

Nancy Kennamer   July 16th, 2010 10:00 pm ET

Hi Larry:

I am a convert to the Catholic faith and look to other Catholics for guidance and teaching. How does Mel Gibson's behavior reflect the
Christian, Catholic faith he believes in. I am curious what another Catholic would think about this situation. If Mel uses the teachings, prayers/guidelines and Sacraments of the Church he would behave differently. It's discouraging to see this from him. I wonder if he feels disconnected from his faith right now?

dan johnson   July 16th, 2010 10:00 pm ET

Mel Gibson is living proof that a pretty face (and questionable talent) does NOT a decent human being make. As for Aksana, she knew the mess she was getting into but she was blindsided by celebrity. She made her bed...

Terry   July 16th, 2010 10:01 pm ET

I guess I would say that I've lost respect for him as a person, if all of the allegations are true. I agree with Harvey, he should have stayed with his wife & children

John H   July 16th, 2010 10:02 pm ET

It appears as if the jury is still out. Personally, I am glad that there are so many on this site who are willing to speak out on his behalf. I realize that abusive relationships do exist and agree that possibly this may be the case but this young lady had an obvious advantage over Mr. Gibson in that she knew the conversation was being recorded and he clearly didn't. Even if you believe all this that is alleged, you have to admit that this young lady had the opportunity to present herself as the only rational person in the conversation and since she knows him so well, she knows just what buttons to push in order to get the desired reaction. I don't personally know either of the people involved in this dispute and I am not prepared to render judgement at this point. I suspect that at least a couple of the ladies who have commented here are personal victims of abuse and may be the more likely to put themselves and their own situations into this picture. As for me, I hope Mr. Gibson gets the help he needs as an out of control temper can be more harmful to the person having it than the person on the receiving end of it. I will continue to see his films and will not even consider boycotting him. As for those who will in no circumstance go to another of his films; thank you! I would prefer not having to be seated next to you.

ingrid levine   July 16th, 2010 10:03 pm ET

What girl lays down and has a child with someone who has all these issues???She knows exactly what she is doing shame on her!!!! Oksana would have never bothered with a nobody!!! She should go home and raise her children and stop all the DRAMA!!!! Who gets involved with a married man give me a break you no good!!!He needs help and so does she...

angles   July 16th, 2010 10:03 pm ET


bg   July 16th, 2010 10:04 pm ET

Although I 'm not sympathetic w/ anyone who hits another, I think we have half the story. Speaking of Conspiracy Theory, I think he may be a victim of one & was set up by his enemies.

Arlene   July 16th, 2010 10:06 pm ET

This is not the Mel Gibson we all know & love. She obviously set him up. She is always so calmy speaking to him while taping his comments. Mel may possibly be having a nervous breakdown. It just
dose not seem that he would be so out of control for no reason. Mel, our thoughts & prayers go out to you.

caroline faye   July 16th, 2010 10:07 pm ET

i support mel gibson 100%. i admire and love him and his acting.he and stevehen seguol are my favorite actors.and i know its hard to go through the things he has to go through because he is one of the most famous actors.part of my heart go's out to him.<3

Koofuroow   July 16th, 2010 10:08 pm ET

I like Mel. He is a great talent. He still is. I am African American and I don't think Mel is racist. I loved Mel in all his movies including Conspiracy Theory. Mel is going through difficult times and the media is demonizing him for his human defects. In additon this woman is pushing him over the edge. Mel needs help and I sure hope he gets help so we can watch him again in movies. Good luck Mel.

Elaine Adelson   July 16th, 2010 10:09 pm ET

Why did Larry put this old interview on?? Showing the old Mel Gibson does not negate what he has sad about gays, jews, African Americans and women. I loved Mel Gibson's movies and I loved him. But now?? Is Larry protecting Mel's image? Or does Larry forget, as a jew, what Mel said about jews??

Cindy Tyler   July 16th, 2010 10:10 pm ET

Still a fan of Mel Gibson. Media is just making itself look bad. How about a little scrutiny of the gold digger. Mel Gibson has been described by his wife of 28 years as a wonderful husband and father, he has had a highly respected career in the movie business and now the media wants the public to disregard his honorable life with the hysterics of a woman who seeks to gain his fortune by dishonorable means. Shame on her attorneys and shame on the media.

Herfitzgerald   July 16th, 2010 10:11 pm ET

Mel Gibson made my #1 movie of all time...'Braveheart' a movie about love, honor and integrity. I find it hard to reconcile that Mel Gibson with the one who allegedly ranted on the gossip site recordings. I do not support behavior as evidenced in those recordings, but I feel there must be info we just do not have access to about this. Something happened, something changed in Mel Gibson's life if he went from the person who made Braveheart to the person on those gossip recordings.

Linda de Jardin   July 16th, 2010 10:11 pm ET

I have never offered my comments on CNN or any other program, but I feel moved to say something with regard to the latest controversy around Mel Gibson.
Mel Gibson: one of the greatest actors and film makers of our time. I, for one, cherish his work and have been entertained countless times throughout my adult life with his films – Hamlet and Braveheart were my personal favourites.
I wish him well and hope he has enough good people around him to help him through these present circumstances. Put simply, he is a talent worthy of support and rescue, and I just hate how the tabloid mentality of predator mentality. How many of the gifted talent will they be allowed to destroy in pursuit of the almighty dollar.
Stay strong Mel, and fight the good fight!

Jean, Toronto   July 16th, 2010 10:11 pm ET

Thank you Larry for airing this program tonight. I did miss your last nights program.
Mel Gibson is a human being, a man of course. Through the years and as people age they obviously change. Mel has personal problems. We must try to look into the depth of the person and the reason why he has acted in such a manner. He may be regretting divorcing his wife of 27 years. He is with a younger woman than he is. He may be jealous of her and is oppressive. As a younger woman, she may be a woman who wants her own way. Aside from the tape, who knows what truly occurred between them.
I may have missed out on something but I do not know how Mel met this woman, under what circumstances and who she really is.
The woman's voice sounds so clear on the tape and his does not sound clear. As it is stated, the tape may be tampered with. I tend to agree with that.
This woman knew very well what she was doing when she taped his words without Mel knowing about it. She is a deceitful woman and out to catch him so as to get as much money out of him as she possibly could. I am certain that if Mel was aware he was being taped, he would have been doubly careful about what he said to her.
Mel may not be the type of man who has acted in such a manner in his home, be it in a different manner. He depicted that he was angry. When people are angry they say whatever may be in their mind and whatever comes to their mind. Aside from threatening a person's life, I would not take his other words seriously.
I am a West Indian of a mixed race, African and White (France), a light-browned skinned person. A few years ago, while traveling in the crowded Toronto subway in after work, in the rush hour, a white woman was reading a book and her book was resting on my shoulders. I asked her to please remove it from my shoulders. She later called me a "Paki". I said to her, "I will tell you that I am not a Paki." We know what this word means and what nationality it was directed at.
We must think beyond. Consider this, these racial rants are done in public, in stores, commuting, etc. Consider if homes were taped and broadcasted what we would hear and shockingly so, even by employers, employees, etc. Therefore, let us be fair and just and not be shocked at Mel's rants who appeared to be angry.
The world these days is such that I am no longer shocked at what I hear through the general Media. What I hear make for good listening and are amusing as well. In this manner, I can live a normal, happy and peaceful life.
Give Mel a break. He may need to take an anger management course. Most of all, he needs to return to his Catholic Christian faith to worship God and to practice his faith fervently. Mel needs a total conversion just as many people of the world.
Our Lord Jesus Christ said: "Apart from Me you can do nothing." Indeed! Many people have realized this after some falls and some very hard ones.
I do not hate Mel. Everyone of us are capable of becoming angry baste on the circumstances. There is good and bad in everyone and two sides to everyone, even criminals and murderers.
If Mel plays in a movie which I am interested in I certainly will view the movie.
Mel is no longer a teenager as we would say. Throughout the years he has had his experiences. He appears to be a man who lacks peace of mind. This is attributed to the type of life he presently lives. We must be compassionate towards Mel as we expect others to be compassionate to us.
Let us not lambaste Mel. Let us pray for Mel that he may be converted as we do for others. The world in general is in dire need of conversion to God so that we may be happy, peaceful, progressive and successful. I wish Mel all the best. May God assist him accordingly.

Mystic   July 16th, 2010 10:12 pm ET

Why does she do it? For the MONEY! What else?

Roland Deschain   July 16th, 2010 10:12 pm ET

Obviously the tapes were edited. She set him up. Maybe Mel thought he was doing a phone audtion and was reading a script.

On the other hand, maybe if Nichole Simpson had made and published some tapes of OJ she'd be alive today.

Cris   July 16th, 2010 10:14 pm ET

Leave Mel Alone. Everyone is so quick to judge. No one really knows the facts. Like always, the media is out of control. Give the man the PRIVACY that we are all entitled to.

ruth   July 16th, 2010 10:23 pm ET


Maureen W.   July 16th, 2010 10:28 pm ET

It is painful to watch and worst to listen too. Mel is such an accomplished man. A man of good character and strength. To see what can happen to a good man when they are the target of a experienced true gold digger is astonishing!!

He is truly living out his personal "Passion"! I pray for him everyday that God will strengthen him and bless him. I know from my own life that with God," all thing are possible". And that u can not only endure but with God triumph. I believe Mel will come through this and out the other side.

He will be a better person and a better actor. I hope this woman gets only court ordered child support. Being someones companion for lack of a better word. Does not entitle u to their money!

I hope for Mels good that he can truly free himself from this relationship. I pray for guidence and good judgement for him. And look forward to the day we hear of his new venture. I wish him much success and all good things.

God Bless and keep you, Mel!!

Thank u Larry for bring some balance and fairness to this situation!!

Vicky GARCIA   July 16th, 2010 10:30 pm ET

I not trust that woman, in our region nobody known her, at least I never heard about her before she was with Mel, I think that she made a trap to Mel. She is an opportunist looking for ways to make big money. I'm Latina, I have visit each 6 month the USA for vacation, I lived 4 years in Mexico and I love to México and I love Mel, I hope all is well for Mel, and that this girl to be discovered. If the tapes are true, only God knows that trick this bad girl used for put so angry to Mel, all people very angry can say horrible things that we do not feel in heart.

Rossi Vasilev   July 16th, 2010 10:32 pm ET

Hi Larry,
Congratulations!! You will be missed but I believe that when the time comes we desissy that is enough. What is enough only we know? We all know our self’s the best.
I am writing to you about the Hollywood Icon Mel Gibson.
We love his skills and we always watch his movies with pleasure.
Why we are going to movies? Me personally – to entertain myself. Mel Gibson is one of our favourites. It always will be my pleasure to watch his movies. When I am in cinema or watching TV, we don't care about actor’s private live. I am there to entertain myself.
I am a woman, married for 31 years. In the marriage not always is O.K. The couple has to work out. The difference is that I am an ordinary and simple person not celebrity.
Finally me and my husband think that Mel Gibson fail into entrap and was very well planned.
The same things apply for Tom Cruise- we love his acting not his scientology.
Our prayers are for Mel and we will support him all the way trough .
He is not guilty.


Jeri   July 16th, 2010 10:35 pm ET

I don't think Mel meant half the things he said to Osaka. We all say "crazy" things when we're angry. Of course it's possible that he's been under so much stress that he went temporarily insane. In whatever case, the man needs help. He is basically a good person. Maybe Osaka is also a good person; but obviously brings out the worst in Mel. He was wrong to strike Osaka for any reason; but I think it was in the heat of the moment and he'll later regret it. I believe he just wasn't thinking clearly and lost control momentarily. If a woman slaps a man across the face, nobody thinks that's a big deal. I really don't think Mel meant to physically harm Osaka. That's my honest opinion!
Mel Gibson a very talented and intelligent man. He might have said some of the things to Osaka simply because he has a flair for the dramatic. After all he is an actor!
I think it's unfair to bring up things Mel has said or done in the past when he was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
The bottom line is that Mel needs help and possibly medication; but certainly not jail time!

joan white   July 16th, 2010 10:38 pm ET

This interview in 1997 with Mel Gibson was a pleasure not only to listen to but also to watch...they say the TV camera doesn't lie... surely Mel comes through this hour program as a very nice person indeed.
Now 13 years later he's facing these domestic abuse accusations. Hopefully many of us, unfortunately not enough, understand that alcoholism if left unchecked is a progressive disease of compulsive drinking as well as aggresive behaviour. Maybe this latest trouble will be Mr. Gibson's "bottom" and he will strive to recover the man he was before the alcohol ruled his life. Humility means to be teachable – the only way to sobriety......God Bless

John   July 16th, 2010 10:38 pm ET

All the entertainment critics who have already passed judgement on this man should step back and rewind. Mel made a mistake in allowing this gold digger to provoke him to the point of losing control. I am not here to judge him, God will, when the time comes. Something stinks here of a setup. This poor excuse for a woman kept pushing him way before she started taping him. Once she saw that she would get him to lash out, she started taping. She is not in this alone. She got help and was coached very well. She is too cool and collected on these tapes. The more he lashes out, the more she becomes provocative extracting further comments from him. Let's not forget, if there is a case here the government will have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that these tapes have not been altered. The defense does not have any obligation to prove that the tapes were altered. Why did she give the rights to these tapes to, a tabloid website. She must have made a killing of these tapes, which they decided to release piecemeal over the course of a week. If Mel beat her or abused the baby, why didn't she call the police, where are the police reports, where are the pictures. She has already taken him for a lot of money, a house, and and a celebrity lifestyle. She obviously wants more. She's nothing, a nobody. Without him she'd have to go back and join the Russian Mafia. Mel has to make provisions with the court to provide support for the baby, but not without any custody or visitation rights. Then, he should get away from this gold digger and reassess his life, but do not agree to pay this women anything. There not married and he has already given her more than she deserved for the rest of her life. Like a lot of men, he was thinking with his Johnson and not his head when he started a relationship with her. Unfortunately, most men are weak in this respect. Get yourself together Mel. You're a great actor. You can bounce back.

Lori Shaw   July 16th, 2010 10:40 pm ET

Mel Gibson has always been and will continue to be my favorite actor. It is obvious she really made him angry by doing something. My brother is married to a (we'll just say foreigner) and she only married him to get to the U.S. But she has made my brother just that angry. When this all started, I said the media or whoever counts should speak to his ex-wife because I'm sure she would clear up the fact that he is not a violent person. That happened recently and it is just as I thought. She confirmed that he is not a violent person. I have followed Mel's career for many years and I am absolutely sure he is a good man and a great father. She pushed his buttons and sent him over the edge and I think it is horrible for her to publicize it. No one is exempt from saying things in anger. I am completely and totally 100% on Mel's side. He is a gorgeous man and he deserves to be given the benefit of the doubt.

Ruth Castellano   July 16th, 2010 10:44 pm ET

Don't condone what Mel has said or done , if it's even true. He is such
an intelligent man, I fill very sorry for him. maybe some kind of psych-
iatric help would do him some good. LOVE YOU MEL. MY PRAYERS

Tes   July 16th, 2010 10:44 pm ET

I wish Mel well, and hope he gets his life together. He's a great actor, and to see him like this is very disappointing. Mel needs the support of his family and friends right now more than ever. I hope he gets it back together. In my opinion, the girlfriend is a golddigger, and the ex-wife is where he should be if that is at all possible. She has been there through it all!! To Whoopi, who has been there for Mel!! She has taken a lot of heat for speaking out in support of him. She doesn't agree with his behavior, but she is showing she is a true friend to him. Whoopi is loyal to mel, and she isn't caving under pressure. You go girl!!!! What a wonderful example she is for everyone!!!!!!!!

kla   July 16th, 2010 10:52 pm ET

I love mel gibson. He has given me hours and hours of entertainment. I really cringe at the media having this as their front page story when there are such important things going on in the world -like 2 wars –oil leaks -aftermath of earthquakes. These are the things that should be covered –Not what goes on in the private lives of the celebrities,

Adrianne Gant   July 16th, 2010 10:57 pm ET

I disliked the way the media has portrayed Mr. Gibson. I would have stood up for him as a friend like Whoopi. I can't cast the first stone so I would still go and see his movies. I hope he gets help for his substance abuse... The media worldwide should be ashamed for being manipulated by the tabloid media...

John D.   July 16th, 2010 11:07 pm ET

I saw the photo of Oksana with the chipped tooth and missing veneer.
I didn't watch all of the coverage on this situation, but I am wondering why her mouth or face does not appear injured if what happened to her teeth was the result of Mel's striking her. From what her dentist has said, it doesn't appear that she waited until her face/mouth healed before she saw her dentist. This is very strange. Perhaps someone who knows better than I can enlighten me.

Vickie Griffith   July 16th, 2010 11:09 pm ET

Mel is my fav – BabyMama taped the last conversation – why didnt she tape the ones where she was not so calm – it is a setup – If he was not so successful, he would not have been her target -–nor the target of the media.

I am reposting a perfect response in support of Mel Gibson :
have never offered my comments on CNN or any other program, but I feel moved to say something with regard to the latest controversy around Mel Gibson.
Mel Gibson: one of the greatest actors and film makers of our time. I, for one, cherish his work and have been entertained countless times throughout my adult life with his films –

I wish him well and hope he has enough good people around him to help him through these present circumstances. Put simply, he is a talent worthy of support and rescue, and I just hate how the tabloid mentality of predator mentality. How many of the gifted talent will they be allowed to destroy in pursuit of the almighty dollar.
Stay strong Mel, and fight the good fight!

Dawn Coleman   July 16th, 2010 11:35 pm ET

I have always and will continue to look forward to the next Mel Gibsen movie be it as an actor or director... He was so up, but I also believe a person can not make racist comments and not be a racist. He needs help and I hope he is ordered to get it because I don't think he believes he needs it. Which I suppose is typical.
Did I say he was set up? Come on, she was way too cool. If someone was ranting at me like that, I don't care who he , any normal person would have hung up.

Ronda Reed   July 16th, 2010 11:38 pm ET

No matter the talent, wealth, and celebrity, Mel Gibson is a very sick, frustrated, and browbeaten man. He needs help,

It takes two to tango, however. OG must have had an inkling as to the character and posture of Mel Gibson. She succumbed for enough time to procreate with him–this little baby is the victim here. That is the pathetic side. She should go into foster care as neither OG nor Mel Gibson are fit to parent this little baby at this time.

I just hope the best outcome for all involved. Such a shame to be experiencing this discord.

Ricky Davis   July 16th, 2010 11:40 pm ET

I usually keep my mouth shut but I too have a lot to learn so since everyone else has voiced their opinion I will tell you mine,What is wrong with us,we are so quick to judge, so self-rightious, indignant, no hesitation to point a finger at each other. I think we should look closer at ourselves,we all have been foolish at one time or another and answering hate with hate is foolish,it is not a reason it is an excuse especially when you don't even know the person or all the circumstances.We just can't help ourselves I guess,we always find a reason to hurt one another,to judge each other even when we ourselves are guilty of so much, I hope one day we will mature to the point where we will spend more time to keep our own life in order for none of us in a position to judge another.Maybe instead of pointing our finger we should try to extend our hand.

Melinda Jaber   July 16th, 2010 11:44 pm ET

Mel Gibson has been tried and convicted in the press and the media. He is entitled to the presumption of innocence. Radar online stated that they did not receive the tapes directly from Oskanna. It is patently obvious that she is responsible for the release of the tapes directly or indirectly. The alleged assault occurred in January and it is just know being reported. Injured people almost always call and make a police report within a reasonable period of time. They normally do not wait seven months. Re-examine the ex-girlfriend's statements after their breakup. At that time she stated that she was surprised by the split and she did not hint that there were any problem with domestic violence. Clearly, she is hoping for a large financial settlement. For those that believe Mel has been forgiven too many times before, please read Matthew Chapter 18 verses 21 and 22. Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Sir, how often should I forgive a brother who sins against me? Seven times?" "NO !
Jesus replied, "seventy times seven!" I believe and support Mel Gibson.

Christine   July 16th, 2010 11:58 pm ET

I do not know? But these tapes of Private phone calls sound A little too much like a Setup directed at Mel to me~! Mel Gibson is a very Intelligent man despite he has Very Human ways of dealing with things ... as do a lot of us ~!
I feel there is a "Gold Digger" in this scenario after the Breaking news of his Divorce & Financial Status & what hIs Loving Wife is allotted in Settlement ~!This woman Ex Girlfriend was pretty quick at the jump to get Pregnant by him & ruined a Long Dedicated Hollywood Marriage~! I feel she is a Cat with Claws & Mel beware you are under a Lot of pressure right now but do not give her the rope to hang you with~ ! I also feel that Mel's Personal Life is Separate from his Acting & Directing Career ~!~Mel is a Talented Man & Deserves more Credit then this ~!This is A direct invasion of Privacy WITH A TWIST ~1IF THIS WAS AS RASH AS THE THREATS SUPPOSEDLY MADE BY MEL WHY DID SHE NOT CALL THE POLICE ? IF HE STRUCKOUT AT HER & ALL~?Someone BETTER look out Mel takes a Notion too Sue Her & her Takedown Commity for Liability ~!Enough Already ~!Mel has earned his Living & Worked dambed Hard at it & Lost his Marriage in fact over it ~! CHILL PEOPLE MOVE ON~!!`
Do not try to ruin this man with Media Bull~!~

yas   July 17th, 2010 12:00 am ET

Mel Gibson is awesome!
Good job getting rid of his stupid girlfriend/wife.

yas   July 17th, 2010 12:02 am ET

Oh when that acting talent agency, William Morris Endeavor, begs for him back. He shouldn't go back. No way!

Ann Molitor   July 17th, 2010 12:09 am ET

What is wrong with your captions? They have been missing most of the day and for this program as well. WE NEED THE M!!!!

P.J. Holm   July 17th, 2010 12:11 am ET

I worked with Mel for 3 months on Bird on a Wire in Vancouver (as a stand-in and stunt for Goldie) . Mel was professional as a colleague, committed to his family, and a gentle, considerate, and fun human being to all he encountered.

With utmost respect & admiration from Canada,

(Goldie's double)

Monica   July 17th, 2010 12:20 am ET

How would YOU like it if someone took all YOUR money for plastic surgery, made you pay $5 million for the production of her music album, had a baby with you so they hook you for the rest of your life, AND provoked you and upset you so they can record you and ruin your credibility and image? She had it all planned, but not very well. She will be exposed for what she really is very soon: a gold digger.

jane   July 17th, 2010 12:20 am ET

Mel is a good actor, played tough parts , He keep everyone in watching movies. Brave heart is my sons favorite movie. Had to be tough to make. Keep personal life at of out of media. we don't care.. If i had problems nobody would care. Been there , we all have. you rock mel

alice t   July 17th, 2010 12:24 am ET

It is funny how the media is already saying Mel is guilty. He is a great actor & was married to the same woman for 30 yrs before some psychotic golddigger put her claws into him. People say crazy things while angry, doesn't make u racists.And if he was so psycho, why did the golddigger stay? Hmmm.. she had this planned all along to get some $ it is all about the $!!

jh   July 17th, 2010 12:25 am ET

I am disappointed with Larry King because he is playing along with this whole scheme to help Mel get out of legal troubles. Another occasion of the privileged getting away with a crime, he admitted on the phone that he had hit her, "you deserved it."

Now, if us regular folks get put into this situation, the police would come arrest us after the District Attorney (DA) had decided to prosecute. This is why Larry King is showing this interview, the DA is trying to decide if they should prosecute Mel. So, Larry is trying to paint a good Mel and the tape's authenticity is being questioned.

Mel you committed a crime - punching a lady twice in the face with a baby in her hands is aggravated assault. You should be arrested and prosecuted just like the rest of us.

YaQui Reynolds-Green   July 17th, 2010 12:25 am ET

Everything is relative.

John R   July 17th, 2010 12:29 am ET

I agree with Christine on this. WE ALL SAY THINGS when we are angry and we do it to push peoples buttons! I am not a racist and have friends of all races but if you cut me off on the freeway on a BAD DAY, I will probably attack your race AMONG other your intelligence for not looking before changing lanes! I also know many people who put on a show to get people to believe the facade they portray but in secret they say many racist things....and mean it! My point is we are ALL guilty of saying bad stuff, YES WE ARE PEOPLE c'mon FESS UP, STOP TRYING TO LIVE A LIE! We are all imperfect and make mistakes and say hurtful things because we are all human! And by the way the girlfriend sounds WAY to fake on the phone, almost like she DID plan this out. SHE SOUNDS WAY TOO CALM TO BE REAL! I wonder what is her motivation in all this????

Kim H   July 17th, 2010 12:31 am ET

I still love Mel. I dont beleive everything I hear especially from someone who apparently provoked him so she could tape him. She is a gold digger who wants to bring him down and take everything he has worked hard for.

Raging is Wrong   July 17th, 2010 12:32 am ET

I feel for the guy – he was probably in drunken blackouts and cant even FATHOM who is talking on those tapes! He has had a serious drinking problem for many years, but when somebody is worth almost $1Billion – its pretty had to get to the end of himself.
My guess is the ol' Spin Machine will crank into gear against the mother of his baby – and no one will believe it – as Truth really does have a ring to it!

Also – I LOVE THAT PEOPLE ARE HEARING WHAT A RAGE ADDICT SOUNDS LIKE and yes, even sober ragers act this way. My children's father (divorced) acts and yells exactly like Mel Gibson – even stone sober – so I am thrilled that this behavior is getting media play so that the Perpetrators and the Recipients can learn that it is NOT OKAY. It is great for my kids to see people be incredulous that anyone would talk that way to those he loves. Their shock is very instructive to them.

Hooray for making a positive difference in the world, Mel!!

Jennifer   July 17th, 2010 12:33 am ET

I think he is a jerk! With my "I am a good Catholic", Hey Mel, why don't you try and be a ggod person first.
What is it with all these stars thinking they are better than everyone else? Really?

Tamar   July 17th, 2010 12:34 am ET

I have never responded to any CNN blog or whatever...but as a Jew and I do not practice...but let's be honest...if this were WWII I were today, I would be shipped off to a concentration camp regardless...Mel Gibson is a bigot...but we all are to a point....he is self loathing and probably needs to be on I do . I think he has said these horrible words but I do think his mind has overtaken him. He is angry that his current wife is not the Madonna that his past wife was....he is sick, but he might be too far gone in a sense. He needs to retreat or he might end up in jail...he picked a poisonous partner...but this does not diminish that he was/is completely abusive.

Well...that's it....if the question is who society needs to be protected from...the intent of vote is with Mel...he is becoming unpredictable...



Leslie Davis   July 17th, 2010 12:37 am ET

Everyone should remember there are two sides to every story. We've know Mel for years, where did Oksana come from? Mel must have been provoked to say the things he did. He was obviously upset and most people would not act like he did if they knew they were being recorded. He thought he was having a private conversation with her. Everyone goes through bad times and this is unfortunately going to be a very public one for him and his family. I hope it gets resolved in a positive way. Good luck Mel!

Mona   July 17th, 2010 12:37 am ET

I love Mel.. everything about him, his films his humor. I do not believe he hit Oksana and I DO believe she set him up, the recording on her part could have been edited in a way to make Mel look guilty, she was on a MIC in a recording studio or something to that effect because it did not sound like she was holding a small recorder over the phone that is for sure.
I don't know why she felt the need to make this public its not anyones business but Mel and Oksana. I don't care what she says she leaked it and if she didn't then her lawyer did. I think Mel's ex-wife statement to the courts says it all.
I would like to hear the WHOLE conversation now that Oksana made this public, I think she should allow the parts where she most likely pushed Mel's buttons and got him so angry, because she is not that innocent and only playing the parts where hes screaming is only part of the story.. I can admit that I have been so angry where I have screamed and yelled and swore and it was because I was pushed to that point but there was no one recording me w/o my permission.
I also think when ppl are that angry things come out that we regret even racial remarks and I don't think anyone can say they never made one racial comment in their life?!!! we all have but we don't have it thrown on tv for the world to hear.


jane   July 17th, 2010 12:41 am ET

so why is Larry showing tapes from the 90's like anybody wanting to make money. Get over it. Don't dwell. People grow in years. And don't like to be messed with , been there done that.

George A Balli   July 17th, 2010 12:41 am ET

I feel Mel Gibson was baited.And the passion in him took the
bait, ,hook,line and sinker.

Mohammad   July 17th, 2010 12:42 am ET

Mel is a great man in many ways.. I wish if I can say all the good things that other folks mentioned here in this controversy ......

Mel you are the best

B LaForce   July 17th, 2010 12:45 am ET

I think people are so quick to judge Mel Gibson without thinking for themselves. These tapes are really easy to put on the air a little at a time.
The media can show pictures of Mel with tapes being released one at a time that can very easily doctored.
They both want custody of their child. She may want money.
There is much more to this story than people realize. If she was so scared
why didn't she take the baby and get out or dial 911?
I really am disgusted with this story and good for you Larry for showing Mel as he really is. A shy guy and a great actor.
I think she pushed his buttons and then "conveniently" got him on tape which may have been doctored. I think she knew what she was doing.
If Mel really did what she claims,which I doubt, then he should have all of our compassion and prayers. There is something very wrong with what the sensational media is portraying about Mel Gibson.

I pray that it will all come out and the truth be known.


B. LaForce

Heather Joseph   July 17th, 2010 12:47 am ET

Funny that Mel was married for 30 years and no complaints about abuse. This women is a gold digger and it is so sad that the media caters to this type of smear with no proof that these tapes are not pure fiction. There are millions of sound bites that anyone can use to put together a tape that can say anything. This is sad. I thought in the USA you were innocent till proven guilty!!!!

Nikki Hodges   July 17th, 2010 12:48 am ET

Thanks Larry.

It was a pleasure seeing the "real" Mel Gibson: immensely talented, thoughtful, articulate, passionate, warm and wonderfully honest.

joe   July 17th, 2010 12:48 am ET

Mel. is a great actor lets all stay out of his pesonal life even if he is or not an actor. our lives are not on the air

jane   July 17th, 2010 12:49 am ET

i don't understand why larry running this seg from 1997. more imprortant things to talk about.

Bev Wood   July 17th, 2010 12:52 am ET

I believe Mel became the target of the paparazzi and they were relentless. I think he took even more heat when he wrote, directed The Passion. I personally believe it was the most significant movie that ever came out of Hollywood because it was more than a masterful artpiece it had spiritual significance. It had an impact where lives were actually changed. I think as a direct result the powers of darkness unleashed with vengence greater temptations, and challenges.

I have never posted on celebrity or news blogs before. But, this story grieved my heart and for days I have been posting on The View. I have been trying to tell people STOP the lynch mob mentality. I am a video editor so I knew how easy it was to tamper with tapes, and then you combine that with all these "LEAKED TAPES" were coming from radaronline/owned by National Enguirer–the BIGGEST GOSSIP site there is. Celebrities like Barbara Streisand, Carol Burnett, Reese Witherspoon, Arthea Franklin, Jennifer Lopez has sued them. They have no form of authentic journalism AT ALL–they are a GOSSIP MAGAZINE/INTERNET Site. YET, the American people got swept into this SENSATIONALISM and it's first swell was a lynch mob mentality.

But, as time as been progressing people are now hearing experts say the tapes had been tampered with, and I bleived that all along. You can put any sentence after another sentence in editing to make it say something more dramatic!

I think Mel has learned a very hard painful lesson, and that the wife of his youth was a good woman, and he should have never let go of her. The fact she came and gave a sworn statement that Mel had never prior, during or after ever been emotionally or physically abusive to her and the children, on the coat-tails of him having an affair with another woman....speaks volumnes about that woman.

My prayer is Mel will embrace brokeness, repentance, drink in of grace, humility, forgiveness and allow all the truths that were in The Passion become engrafted within him, and allow him to STAND UP, GET BACK UP not in his own strength, or his own gifts & talents, but by the Grace of God-and continue to do amazing movies directing, producing, and acting. But, I think he first needs a season of deep remorse/repentance inside-and then that will be reflected to all.

I am not calling him any more wrong than any of the rest of us. Isaiah says–we all sin..and we all have. I heard a wise man say once–don't let your sins cause you to run from God–but allow them to cause you to RUN TO GOD!

Did you notice radaronline did report Robyn gave a sworn statement regarding Mel's abilities as a father? Doesn't that tell you sometihng about the sensation/goal/purpose of what they were trying to accomplish? You add that to–(this woman who claims he hit her baby) NO WAY if someone hit your baby would you then travel to FRANCE–no way–no how!!! Amother's instinct will always be to protect her child. But, I am not excusing Mel here either–it was a relationship that was bad from the beginning. But, haven't we all had lessons like that?

I weigh in to say–we are all GUILTY, and those who have a lynch mob mentality are just as big of rants as the edited/remixed tapes making him look awful. But, I would imagine any part of what was released –if it is indeed Mel's voice–he will have deep remorse already. But, I have continued to say over At The View blogs-who here would want there deepest darkest moment broadcast for the world to see? Then combine that with ...they EDITED it to make it worse? THAT IS INJUSTICE-and I have been saying since DAY ONE–the STORY that NEWS TO BE COVERED–is RADARONLINE-and there FALSE ACCUSATIONS that then make HEADLINES, and the American people act our of EMOTION instead of WISDOM.

The story still is HOW DID THEY OBTAIN THIS AUDIO. That is where the STORY IS......the release, timings, day after day, ALL SENSATIONALISM–because they knew it would DRAW ATTENTION making dollars!!!

I have been recommending people rent the movie "12 angry men" Jack Lemon did an outstanding role as the jurors met in a jurors room to see how many of their views had been tainted by their own prejudices. I have also encouraged them to rent The Paparazzi---but most of all I would encourage people to read C. S. Lewis's book, "Screw Tape Letters.

A concerned woman in TN,


silvia   July 17th, 2010 12:53 am ET

When i heard the first tape there was a line that Mel Gibson said that i thought i have heard before. I'm curious but does anyone else recognize that as a Lethal weapon line? It's when he said they look ridiculous get rid of them why don't you?

Scott   July 17th, 2010 12:58 am ET

Who knows what this new problem is. Sounds like it could be a contrived conspiracy for financial gain by the woman. Have YOU ever been truly upset with a person in your life? Things happen. Also, from the tape I heard on TV, it didn't really sound like him. Will be very hard to PROVE in court who is actually on the tape in my opinion. I think Mr. Gibson is a talented actor. He is also a real human being with real human emotions and faults. How would you like to be in the spotlight for your day to day life? LOL Not for me!

Susan gitajn   July 17th, 2010 12:59 am ET

Mel Gibson is done as far as I'm concerned. I refused to see his movies since his antisemetic rants but now when I think of him all that comes to mind is RIP.

donotjudge   July 17th, 2010 1:00 am ET

i think the lady is so wrong in exposing Mel Gibson in that matter only because she has a child with him and one day that child will want to know why the mother would do that to her dad. I also think that Mel should have never left his wife of many years for a woman that is not from this country and obviously wants to destroy his name and make a name for herself.

theresa turner   July 17th, 2010 1:01 am ET

Mel Gibson is a truly talented actor,all i can think about is how alone he must feel right about now.i cannot believe the vindictiveness of this woman ,oksana.the tapes that were released to the media should have been kept should have been an issue between the police department and nobody else in a domestic violence issue.whatever problems mel may have is nobody,s business.i hope mel recovers from this and continues to work in the entertainment field.mel is too good a talent to lose,in my opinion he is as talented as the late richard burton.

deborah mullins   July 17th, 2010 1:03 am ET

still love mel as an acyor as a person? NoWay

jh   July 17th, 2010 1:08 am ET

How can you condone Mel's actions?

@Monica - She probably is a gold digger and provoked the situation but, as a responsible adult, Mel should have walked away. Instead, he endangered an innocent child by hitting her and possibly knocking her unconscious. That is at least a five foot drop to the ground. The child could have died of brain damage.

@jane - So, it is ok for Mel to commit aggravated assault and endangerment of a child because he makes good movies.

@alice - Did you ever ask yourself why she stayed for 30 years? She may have stayed because she had loved Mel and hoped he would change.

@John R - I agree we all make mistakes and say hurtful things. But, we all don't commit two felonies by hitting a woman and knocking her teeth out while she is holding a child in her hands.

@Kim H - I would do the same thing if I had made a commitment to a person of his violent nature. You think this is the first time he abused her, no, she's just tired of it and trying to get something out of it because, since they are not married, legally, she gets nothing.

Overall, Mel should be arrested and prosecuted for his criminal actions. She should sue Mel in a Civil case for monetary return for the years of abuse she undertook.

Loraine   July 17th, 2010 1:08 am ET

I'm a woman and i stand by Mel. This woman and i'm being nice by calling her a woman only sees dollar signs. she is no better than a hooker standing on a street corner.

Rene'e Yonnetti   July 17th, 2010 1:12 am ET

Well folks slow down and confess here ther'es always people you meet who clearly should not be with you, because they drive the beast
in you.So here's my take she had a plan and she suceeded, I don't believe Mel is a bad person by any strech ,she wanted the beast and she shared it the world. I find her pathetic and He shamed and for what , for nothing more than her ego and she relishing,the best thing to do here Mr.Gibson Humbling move on,your kids deserve far more attention to detail than that evilness.

Diane   July 17th, 2010 1:18 am ET

I believe Mel has been a bit messed up the last few years but his biggest mistake was getting involved with Oksana. She is horribly messed up. Any person that would go to the media before the police is definitely evil. Mel may not be perfect but she is even more screwed up.

Wilbur Robinson   July 17th, 2010 1:19 am ET

At 80 years of age I' m still too much like a gullible teenager, evaluating as true heroes those actors assigned to play heroic roles. But among the best actors would be somebody like Max von Sydow,who has protrayed Christ, and Satan's imps, and a heartless hit man, and other attention gettng roles. So, altho I was first inclined to grade Gibson as a "true hero" in his life, I am now disappointed to have to say how wrong I was and now would rate him as an anti-semitic jerk, at least when he is drunk. He should not be moved up any higher than he has now achieved, and possibly even taken down a few pegs as his true personality is revealed, weakened as it seems to be by prejudices,
conceit and hatred for certain ethnic groups.

Dawn Adams   July 17th, 2010 1:19 am ET

I have been a fan of Mr. Gibson for a very long time and in time the truth will come out and Mr. Gibson will be exonerated for everything that has happened.

Jan   July 17th, 2010 1:24 am ET

I am inclined to believe that wether or not it is Mel Gibson on the tape, why is it legal for the popparazi to use any and all mean to spy on celebrities? Everyone has the right to expect privacy on the phone, in their homes, etc. The people that did this to Mel have shown no proof that it is actually Mel Gibson on the recording. As for the girlfriend, she seems to be less than a reliable source, but I am sure she is making money out of this.Mel has shown publicaly that he can be a drunken fool, but so have many of us. We just aren't in the public, so nobody cares.Growing up in my home, we would get in more trouble using a racial epithet.That has never caused me to judge others, correct them, but not judge.I don't really think the recording sounds like Mel's voice. I have and always will be a huge fan of Mel Gibson. Many celebrities who actually have been found guilty and jailed for abusing women, like James Brown, are still celebrated and never nailed on the cross by the media. Leave Mr. Gibson alone. He's done nothing but made a long list of great films. On the side, if you didn't like the Passion Get Over It. The Passion made me rethink and reaffirm many things about my beliefs.I am grateful and I don't have a single Jewish friend who actually went to the film who got offended.

Sharon McCormack   July 17th, 2010 1:25 am ET

Thank you Larry,
I appreciate you airing this 'historic' tape, given the circumstances,
You are right on for doing so.
It show's Mel as I'm certain most of us perceive him; as a gifted, hard working and conscious dramatic artist. He is a joy to listen to, a person to honor and thank for their contribution to our entertainment. Your questions in this interview are stellar. I agree with Heather Joseph that the media are vultures as well as Oksana(?) for trying to acquire some non earned equity that Mel sweated for with hard work for many years. He gave us so much pleasure.
I hope you send these posts to Mel who may feel a bit better for the reading.
Keep well all of you,

Diana   July 17th, 2010 1:26 am ET

Larry this was truly a refreshing hour. Mel Gibson remains a talented and brilliant actor/director. Why people and the news media continue to enjoy this current mess continues to shock many of us. He has for years touchd our hearts in his work.

The ongoing slaughter of words, his words, are evidence of a deep betrayal and pain. I would believe that many of us when and if ever caught going through a divorce of a 28 year marriage, the loss and failure of a new love, it's unexamined betrayal and custody of a new child would be deeply hurt inside. If our conversations with our potential x's were taped, I would imagine the words would not be good, yet hypocrites jump on board to defame him never once trying to examine the past character of the woman involved (Oksana). Condone his, but forgive it, absolutely. He is human, and no less vunerable than any one of us. He should be forgiven and I should think people might try to wonder what Oksana's contribution to the demise of this relationship was. Mel Gibson has proven he has a family heart and a faithful wish for love. Why else would he have poured his resources into this woman, which I believe he loved.

Thank you, Larry....his talent and his future remains in tack in our home and we are sorry for all involved.

rlc369   July 17th, 2010 1:26 am ET

I can't believe how many people are just so in love with Mel and have decided that his child's mother is a "gold digger" who has "doctored" the tapes (I don't know how to doctor tapes, do you? How would she do this so easily?) I've listened to some of them, they are truly horrifying. There is no way she "faked" the rage in HIS voice.
He is not a Roman Catholic, he is a fundamentalist of some kind, a religion basically invented by his father. His father who is a known Holocaust denier – and Mel has never disagreed with this position in public.

He has admitted to having an (apparently untreated) bipolar disorder. He made anti-semitic comments to the police in 2006, and hideous, shocking racist comments on the taped conversations I listened to with his ex girlfriend.

Oh, and he also says right on the tapes that he left his wife of 28 years because "they had no spiritual common ground".
In CA it is possible to use tapes that one party does not know about under certain circumstances. One of them is when there are threats made. Like when Mel says "I will come over there and put you in a rose garden", or responds to her talking about him hitting her while she was holding the baby with, "you deserved it".

As far as why she remains calm while he is screaming at her – as a woman, I can answer that. He's a big man, and he is in an out-of-control rage. She is trying to keep her voice calm to keep him from going even farther off the deep end. ANY woman who has ever been in a relationship with a rage-aholic man, sadly, would recognize that dynamic.

I think we have all learned from various other celebrities and their troubles that there is a difference between being bemused at a famous person's antics and the unpleasant business of truly watching someone go crazy right before our eyes.
And I think this is the latter. Mel is losing it, or has lost it, or whatever.

But I don't really care. He's got the means and has had plenty of opportunity since his first drunk driving bust in 1984 to get help and he's decided for whatever reason that he's not going to do that.

At this point I can't think of anything he could do that would make me pay to see one of his movies, or anything that would put money in his pockets. I can't even think of anything that he could do that would make me speak to him if I walked past him on the street.

He needs help. I hope he gets it. I hope all of you people who are here defending him and saying the press is just out to get him and he's being set up, etc, have all actually listened to the tapes. I also hope that you're showing the same amount of Christian charity for, say, Lindsay Lohan, who apparently has some similar problems (but has not, as far as I know, physically threatened or assaulted anyone).

Lorrie   July 17th, 2010 1:30 am ET

I think this situation is complicated. Mel Gibson is a human being and sensationalizing these tapes is despicable, it is all about the entertainment value. It may be that he needs professional help, if so we hope that he gets it. As an actor he is exceptionally emotive and his personality complex. I think his girlfriend is suspect. Her voice on the tapes is very calculated and overly calm considering she was in an emotionally charged encounter. I think she goaded Mel and set him up. I do not get good feelings about this woman. Men can be physical when angered or provoked. The words don't mean anything-they are all part of our vocabulary. So what if he swears and calls names, big deal. If his girlfriend feared Mel, she needed to get away from him, report him to the authorities; instead she developed these tapes and then saw that they got to the media, instead of to the authorities. I think she is a manipulator and an enabler.

Laura   July 17th, 2010 1:32 am ET

I would like to know how many people out there would like their worst moments to be taped and broadcast for all the world to hear. Really try to think what that would feel like. Most people know right right from wrong. I cannot watch anymore of this frenzy over Mel Gibsons behavior. I never thought he was an anti-semite, I thought he was into conspiracy theories-that's what they believe that the world is controlled and run by families who happen to be of jewish descent. It's disturbing to see people feed and feed on this story. I hope Mr. Gibson is with some good people. He should know there are many people who are supporting him for to be set up like he was is truly reprehensible.

Demi   July 17th, 2010 1:39 am ET

How would we like to go through a continual one sided scandal every moment of our lives when the worst of our faults are showing. I should think it would be horrible. Mel Gibson needs to be embraced and grace should be his constant companion. From us, which would could never compare to the grace that is constantly extended to all of us, if we would but accept it from a Father in Heaven that holds us as the object of us his love, even though we are but filthy rags.

I also believe that in balance, we need to wonder what brought on his deep betrayal in this relationship and what contribution Oksana played in that betrayal. Something happened....his words are wrong, but I cannot see a woman traveling to Europe with him, signing a 50/50 custody split in front of qualified laywers and then pouring this trash into a public format. This doesn't make logical sense to me. If you are worried about family, your child you hold close these very things and never air your dirty laundry in front of all to see. Thank God that Robyn took to his defense. This means a great deal and we should respect her opinion and inasmuch as his wife of 28 years, who never steps into the public, has now done so it is powerful proof that something, happened that crushed him and lead him through the depth of darkness. I only hope he makes it and that those true friends now show their support and unconditional love towards this man. The jury is out on Oksana, whom we know nothing about, but if what is written about her past is true, then it does speak about who she is today. She was a bad choice made by a vunerable man.

Scott in Texas   July 17th, 2010 1:41 am ET

I need to add something. My opinion is the woman is after MONEY. The TAPES sound fake. If they are not FAKE, they are the product of a conniving vixen looking for a big payout, by getting him on the phone and baiting him into a tirade.. Bottom line? MONEY.... That being said.. Our country is supposed to be a FREE country, with FREEDOM of speech given to all of us as a constitutional right. Regarding MR. Gibson's voice in the past on other issues. It is his right to say as he wants. Using a racial slur, is NOT illegal. Commenting about other races usually rendering a personal opinion. Last I checked, again not really illegal. Maybe not politically correct. The media blows all kinds of things out of proportion. Let's concentrate on BP, and other big business moguls who have largely ruined this country, and leave Mr. Gibson's personal life, just that, personal!!!!!

cori3333   July 17th, 2010 2:15 am ET

I do like Mel and I an tired of this yellow journalism my payers are with Mel if he is sick but I do not believed the Russian lady.

Santa Lynne   July 17th, 2010 2:33 am ET

I have loved Mel from the start of his career, and will continue to do so/ He is a great actor,and brilliant director. People, why do we want to down each other , isn't there enough hatred and hurt in the world.Look at the man in the mirror, and if you can really say you have never said or did anything mean ,or hurtfull,then you must be perfect. But , that can't be true your HUMAN. It seems to be that these tapes do sound staged. Mel has been a good father and husband to his wife for almost 30 YEARS. How many of us can say that about ourselves. You never heard stories about him being abusive to his family, and believe you me it would have been all over the media.So GET REAL. Mel I'm Catholic and am proud of it. God is with you.Stay strong,and have faith that the truth be told. My prayers are with you and all the non believers. Thanks Again For Ypur Talent

Jim H   July 17th, 2010 2:37 am ET

Mr. Gibson's work speaks for itself. He is a brilliant actor. producer and director. I enjoy a large part of his body of work. That in itself, though, does not make him a good person. I would like to believe he is. Should the allegations prove true and should the tape prove not to have been tampered with, then he obviously has some problems that he should seek help with. Too often, it seems, we have held celebrities in high regard, holding them to a higher standard than, maybe, we should; expecting them to be role models, only to be disappointed by their actions. That part, is our fault. Maybe our expectations are too high. Maybe we expect them to be perfect; to be something they are not.
This doesn't mean he doesn't have some responsibility for his actions and it would not excuse the words or his actions. That is up to him to address, and, if this all turns out to be true, I would hope he chooses to get that help.
That being said, we should look at one thing that this episoWe fode does, and that is to address the state of racial relations; are we really getting past some of the differences or are we just hiding our real views in public? And, I don't just mean are whites hiding suspicions and hatred of minorities, but, are minorities harboring those same feelings? Many European families came to the US as poor families who did NOT own or condone slavery; who were not much more than slaves themselves (does indentured servitude ring a bell with any historians?).
The past is just that. It doesn't mean we should forget it, but we should learn from it, try to do better today, and move forward. We will never move past that horrible part of our history if we don't address as history, realize that we are all in this together and build a better future together.

Heather   July 17th, 2010 2:43 am ET

Her caps could have fallen off by biting into something and when she went to the dentist to have them re-glued back on she decided to have one more thing with her tapes to nail her 20 million dollars that she wants Mel Gibson to pay her. She has been married about 4 times, twice by the age of 22 yrs. old so she is not some young girl who doesn't know the ropes. A little blue eye shadow on the babies chin and a few pictures would really nail her claim for money or black mail against Mel Gibson. His horrible words are that of a drunk which there is no excuse but she could have made it much worse than it was. Also if someone hit my new born baby I would not wait to get tapes and take pictures. I would have gone right to the police and not waited 6 months to do it. Also she could of had professionals doctor the tapes. Who do you know that gets their house wired to tape their fights with their mate unless they are doing something shady. Plus when the tapes are not on we don't know what she has done or said to make him go so crazy and sound so hurt.

Lori   July 17th, 2010 2:48 am ET

Awww she is playing innocent which she is not. she was just after his money from the start.

susan powers   July 17th, 2010 3:22 am ET

Mel Gibson is a talented actor who made a bad choice in women,obviously she knows how to push his buttons. You have to wonder how can a women bring a man to that state,It takes two to tango and Im sure he is sorry he had anything to do with her, I say leave him alone , its his own personal life ,not everyones bussiness!

Josie H. In Las Vegas.   July 17th, 2010 3:37 am ET

Let him be. Nobody is perfect. Go ahead, who wants to keep throwing the stones. Many are quick to judge and give their opinion, without looking at themselves first! Bottom line, He still a good actor, no matter what he did or continues to do. And, he managed to make it under your skin. Lol Kiss kiss :o)

Dodie   July 17th, 2010 4:35 am ET

All the information we have received is purely conjecture. We do NOT have any facts. We do not know if the tapes are doctored/edited or not, or if she read from a script or even if it was Mel Gibson talking on the tapes. A major problem in the US is when people continue to make judgments based on a "belief system" and have absolutely no factual support! I am more irritated with the media for sensationalizing these tapes prior to a full investigation.

As an actor, he is brilliant. He spends 100% of his energy in delivering a part. I respect and admire his hallmarks. I will not stop watching his movies due to his personal issues... after all, how many on this blog have absolutely NO personal issues?

Robin   July 17th, 2010 4:37 am ET

Mr Gibson should take an anger course,and stress course, he also should NOT yell at his girlfriend if things get out of control,if things flar up or if he knows he fell anger coming on Mr Gibson should walk away.
I had a lot of respect for the man and now I DO KNOT he has hit rock bottom I do knot think any ane will rent or see his films any more.

robert maldonado   July 17th, 2010 5:16 am ET

leave Mel alone all of us had someone at one point that took us to a point where we lose all control.its sad that their problems were not kept in house.famous or not ones marriage is no ones business

GenieL   July 17th, 2010 5:20 am ET

Mel Gibson is a great talent and who knows what this personal garbage is really about. Keep it at home! Keep Mel in the theaters!

Kendra   July 17th, 2010 5:29 am ET

I love Mel Gibson despite any accusations. He is a life long actor and although his life is public what happens in his personal life should be left alone!!! I am and will always be a supporter of his!!! (((Besides, I've heard the tapes as well as anyone and they are DEFINITLY "made for media" tapes. It doesn't even sound like his voice along with the fact that every statement that she makes is clear as day and calm and all of his "alleged" comments are COMPLETELY unaudioable and incomplete! MEL I WILL ALWAYS SUPPORT YOU!!!

Fan of Larry   July 17th, 2010 5:49 am ET

I'm just watching the 1997 interview with Mel. He is a great actor and the interview is excellent. I hope that Mel gets his life back on track and the truth comes out – whatever it is.

lisa   July 17th, 2010 6:07 am ET

I don't think mel gibson is as violent as the tabloids portrays him to be... we don't really know the truth bcuz we are hearing the whole story from oksana.. i don't really trust her anyways. she is doing all these for money and fame..

Metiak   July 17th, 2010 6:10 am ET

I love Mel Gibson and his work. Nancy Grace jumped to ruin him by dogging him on her show with no photos, no proof, and the tape she played was not Mel's voice. It was someone who was copying his voice. The tape was fake. I did not watch yet I was listening and that tape has none of Mel's vocal distinction, rhytham, speach pattern,
Natural pauses,natural flow of words. It is not Mel's voice on that tape. It is a fake. Mel is not speaking on that tape. There is a also a distinction of an accent that Mel never has used or has had. I will not specify which accent it is. The Attorneys will reveal that.
Mel is not a fake and I am happy to see him on Larry King. Mel is real and I am happy to see him on Larry King. Good for you Mel.
When you are up the tabloids want to tare you down if they can for $$$
I know this is not your voice on the tape. Fight it Mel. There is no proof. I have seen no photos of you hitting any female and this is not your voice on tape so fight it Mel. You Rock! and Larry King Rocks!

Deborah   July 17th, 2010 6:25 am ET

I have listened to the tapes and never believe everything I hear. We are hearing mostly a one sided conversation while this so called Mother Theresa is on the other end sound oh so calm and sweet and well, you heard her.

This girlfriend is after money. She has a child by him and her main money making relationship is over. The women has gotten used to a rich lifestyle and does not want to loose it so she probally thought and thought and may even have gotten advice as to what she needs to do. Oh, I will make everything think he has abused me and build a case, what can I do. Ahhhhhhhhh hah. Tape him and try to build a case in my favor.

She sets her tape up, calls the man and begins saying things to him that will fire him up major time. The women has been with him long enough to know what buttons to push. Heck, you even hear Gibson saying you are not making sense and asks her why is she doing this and saying things that are way off the wall. We don't hear what she says before he starts ranting. we are truly hearing a one sided conversation. Do yah not think the man is being set up to look bad????? The women wants money and fame. Heck, she'll try to write a book before it is over with and she will be on talk shows which she will be paid for.

In a nut shell, people, don't believe everything you hear. Its a money game as most everything is. This women is out for herself and herself only. She did not care what she had to do in order to do it. Even if she gets no money from Gibson, she is still going to become well off. Wake up and truly smell the coffee.

Pete Rodas   July 17th, 2010 7:51 am ET

His anger and rage reminds me very much of OJ Simpson.

Khaled Dahdouh   July 17th, 2010 8:16 am ET

I don't need to hear the tapes regarding Mel Gibson to make this comment: Since his making of the movie "the Passion” this man has & will always be the subject of criticism by those who opposed the release of this film & the conspiracy against him will never stop in all aspects of his life. I am sure that Mr. Gibson doesn't hate Jews or others; he just likes to see more fairness in this world & better safer life to our children.
Using women has always been a great tool to destroy successful men.
I will not stop admiring this great influential man; I admire his mind & artistic abilities & mostly his great sense of faith & humanity. & last, God bless the peace makers & bless you Mr. Larry king,

Janis   July 17th, 2010 8:34 am ET

Mel Gibson is a brilliant actor and he is a genius at producing and making films. I always anticipate the gift of his creativity and the way I always find myself saying at the end of each film "THAT WAS AWESOME!". This industry.need a support system (heed the signs of a celebrity's life) this life is not as easy and glamrous as u
think, support and prevention is needed BEFORE the scams, abusive solicitations and the vomit of tabloids take affect. It all boils down to caring (to keep the magic on the screen flowing) and the life of the celebity flourishing before the negative takes it's toll

Ted   July 17th, 2010 8:48 am ET

All those hypocrats, who" just loved him before, but never want to see a movie with him": with you as friends who needs enemies?

Every coin has two sides and we all say something in anger or with a few drinks too many that we would like to forget. If someone would records all that, cut it nicely to a maximum effect to make you look like a monster, how would you react?
I assume Mel got a golddigger in return for giving up a good wife and he is desparate. This happens to a lot of men in their 50s and 60s, who want a much too young woman and they all end up paying dearly for such stupidity. Those babes are golddigers, they do not marry them for love, but for a lot of $$$$$$, payable for the rest of their life!!!!

I enjoy Mel for his good acting and talented direction of excellent films, and let his private life alone.
You all should do the same, in your own life there are skeletons in the closet, take care of those.

gerald Jolly   July 17th, 2010 9:25 am ET

Many thanks to Larry King for airing the better side of Mel Gibson.

jane   July 17th, 2010 9:39 am ET

@jh i didn't say it was o.k. He does need some kind of help.
Believe me I live a Vietnam vet. He finally had to get help or I would have left him. We have been married for 27 yrs. now. But it was tough. We worked thru our problems

angelique coulter   July 17th, 2010 11:04 am ET

That women is so calm on the tape's because she's getting what she want's , she really give,s NO reaction to anything' mel say's.and when a person is in that kind of state,well no reaction, then you get a bigger reaction,and that ,is exactly what happend TO MEL. A normal person if been spoken to like that ,would hang up before it got that far.SHE READ MEL LIKE A BOOK.AND INSIDE SHE WAS PROBABLY SAYING,boy oh boy have i got you now,tape tape tape,money in the bank, and people feeling sorry for me.because in my head ive made him say something that can be considerd battery.and probably the person that's standing next to her is giving her thumbs up and a high five .Who called who,and why/ and what was said or done to make mel so mad in the first place.

Henry   July 17th, 2010 11:28 am ET

I still love Mel Gibson. He has his problems but dont we all.??? I just hope he can work out this time his problems and get back with his wife........I still believe in true love. You probably will only report the bad things said about Mel, but please think first and consider that Mel Gibson might be sorta stupid at times, but through it all ....... he is still Mel the Man!!!! He needs help and love not all this abuse from people.

Robin   July 17th, 2010 11:29 am ET

I don't think you can compare a televised interview with what is going on now. I was offended because I was a victim of this same kind of abuse and this interview made Mel Gibson look so charming. My ex had this same charming side and the other side was a monster. The message you sent to me was if you're famous or have alot of money, nobody is going to believe the victim or really care.

angelique coulter   July 17th, 2010 12:08 pm ET

Last comment, i wanted to tell radar online how i ,felt about them, the pictures of the teeth, thay don't want to have any common sence,of course there going to say everything there saying about the Mel case is true.and of course there spreding everything out,there generating buisness, which mean's money to them.BUT i for one ,are not going to give them a penny to see what more they have to say because i can get all the imformation for free from other news outlets.Radaronline has become pretty famous,havent thay????BECAUSE OF THE MEL GIBSON CASE.THEY will not back down or admit there wrong, there in this story to deep.BECAUSE of mel's past rantings thay probably figured thay would have the public on there side.thay would sooner make money, generate new's.instead of saying this guy needs help.HOLLYWOOD,HOLLYWOOD.MG GREAT ACTOR,DIRECTOR.everyone losses if people don't use there common sence.All except the one that took advantage of him,and used him.i almost feel like calling mel a broken man,because that's how he sound's on the tapes.I HOPE WITH ALL OF MY HEART HE COMES OUT ON TOP.GOLDIGGERS will do anything, put up with anything,for as long as thay have to, to get what thay want............????

Barbara   July 17th, 2010 1:11 pm ET

I wont go as far as to say he is completely blameless, but I think that woman is pure evil and has ruined his life as he sees it. I do not believe he is the cause of her teeth breaking! Where are the bruises?? I feel sorry for their child if she does get custody. I think she does things for purely selfish reasons.

Barbara   July 17th, 2010 1:25 pm ET

And, Larry, I think it was brilliant of you to review just what kind of a man he really is.

machugina   July 17th, 2010 2:48 pm ET

Celebrities, celebrities, celebrities, you can't live with them, you can't live without them!

lola   July 17th, 2010 3:01 pm ET

Of course these tapes come out right before she is ready to release her CD and right after she is warded $20,000 per month child support, which she is seeking to haave increased. Mel has his issues, for sure. Racist, bigoted and ego-maniacal! But, SHE is downright dangerous and diabolical. She is as evil as she looks – and that's pretty bad!

Jimmy   July 17th, 2010 3:13 pm ET

Question Larry: After examining the life of Mel Gibson.. How different is the actor form the real person? Who is the real person?

Well there has been a lot of comments and feed back given on Mel Gibson. I never knew the real Mel Gibson.. I know of the actor.. And there has to be someone out there that's know Mel all his life that has an idea who the real Mel is. Mel will always be a great actor. Just like Tiger Woods was a great gold player. And Ali was a great fighter. Of course hearing what he said even as they say if you take into account that he was framed to some extend and not his regular self. It's still SAD. And why he would filter all this stuff in this way may relate to the real person or the real person have as they say issues. I hate the word issues because it sound so superficial. He has regrets and probably having gone through some stress he is handling things wrong and let life & peoples get the better of him.

He's not a loser because he's a successful actor. But Larry..

2.) What happened to his original marriage of 30 + years.

Anyways it's sad because I always thought of Mel's public images as a sort of Rock Hudson or even Cary Grant. Not someone besides him self so this is SAD and I hope things work out for the better.

c   July 17th, 2010 3:38 pm ET

Mel Gibson was once called by People magazine, 'The sexist Man Alive" and I do believe that still is to this day. All his problems have been displayed for all to see, unfair....have we forgotten all the wonderful movies this man has made, Braveheart, Forever Young, Lethal Weapon, Air America....and many more....
Those recordings of his outrage is something that the world should never have heard....where is ones privacy? To judge him for this is unfair...what do we really know about this woman who recorded him at this worse...sneaky....Mel may say he has no friends, but if we take a look at the fellow actors who played by his side, Anthony Hopkins, Julia Roberts, Danny Glover, Kirt Russel, Goldie, if they speak up and give us a little understanding of who Mel really is, then maybe we wouldn't judge him so harshly.
Is Whoopie the only true frend to speak out and then get blasted for do so....I will do my part has a fan and watch all his movies over and over.......and the next movie his makes, I will be first in line....and it should be something light and funny...I wish Mel all the luck and hope he gets out of this alive and no jail time....thank you

SueB.   July 17th, 2010 3:42 pm ET

First: We're going to miss you Larry! You can not be replaced!

Next: Thanks for the replay of the '97 interview. I want say God Bless you and Whoopie for showing Mel in a good light. He is not a monster.

I totally agree with the former comments: "Atta boy Mel!"

He's being played! It's called extortion!
Did she do same to Timothy Dalton? Where's that child?

Jason Jeffers   July 17th, 2010 5:02 pm ET

thank you Larry for airing the past show...what a blessing this has been to a time that is needed the most...

a man who has given us so much...more than any single person in Hollywood...and is a human being, just like the rest of us.

our love goes out to him....and envelops him...

there is no "needing help"....he's already made it.

it's time for us all to relate to him, and ultimately...

to forgive.

Cynthia   July 17th, 2010 9:16 pm ET

The tapes leave alot of questions unanswered on the professional and personal life of both actors. As an actor, it's obvious that he filmed "Lethal Weapon 1". What has she filmed? How did he support her professionally? Did he help her professionally?

Personally, did she value the family? Was he committed to her personally? If so, how did the profession interfere in the personal relationship?

The tapes imply a personal relationship in which he appeared committed to the personal relationship. The indication is that professionally he was a hypocrite. The missing information is the lack of information on the professional relationship the two had to one another. What was the professional, Hollywood role each played in one another's careers?

Once this info. is provided, one can better understand the position that each person holds to one another today in relationship to the other in their profession and personal opposition to one another.

Lisa   July 17th, 2010 9:40 pm ET

I think that his girlfriend tried very hard to set him up with these tapes. I would have no trouble believing that she tried to blackmail him for a large sum of money with the tapes.
I hope she is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for the crimes that she has committed against Mr. Gibson. What he says and how angry he becomes in private when his buttons are pushed by a greedy baby mamma is none of our business.

jh   July 17th, 2010 10:31 pm ET

@jane - thanks for your commitment to the Vietnam Vet. I am a Marine Corps Vet of the Iraqi War in 2003, so I do understand the ordeals you went through, God Bless you.

The reason I am so harsh on Mel is that he isn't taking responsibility for his actions. The police and judge were trying their best with the legal tools they had to get the point across to Mel during that DUI episode. The authorities see this type of persona all the time and they could only do their best.

And now, Mel has graduated from a DUI to an aggravated assault and endangerment of a child charge. I mean, if he was in his twenties, I would be much more understanding but he's in his fifties and still doing this.

Mel you gotta let it go, whatever you are angry about, let it go - the only reason it affects you is because you are letting it - the past is over, bury it in a grave and move on with your life - yes, the world isn't great and you can only do so much in a lifetime - life is short and you are coming to the end real soon, just as I, now be happy and enjoy what you have, which is fame and fortune.

tiptoe   July 17th, 2010 10:43 pm ET

There were some forebodings of the things to come if ya listen to all the details and nuances of his responses.

I prefer to remember him this way... a pleasant, handsome and well spoken guy. He had a sense of humor and a good vocabulary. A far been vocabulary than he has now, apparently.

tiptoe   July 17th, 2010 10:47 pm ET

I didn't see the beginning of the interview. Will it be re-aired?

chris   July 17th, 2010 11:21 pm ET

I'll always be a Mel Gibson fan.

It's a shame to see what the media can do before all the facts are known & confirmed.

I'm still watching his movies (Lethal 2 on TV today – watched it again even though I have the DVD) and can't wait for "The Beaver" to come out.

Sorry Oksana, you can't turn away a true fan.

angelique   July 18th, 2010 12:44 am ET

More tape's next week,what's wrong with Mel's camp?for the life of me i can't figure out why they don't put a stop to it.Is'nt it a criminal investigation,Radaronline is really messing up someone's life here Which i'm sure they dont have all the fact's.those two pictures of the teeth have ME jumping up and down, that incident.... was said to of happend in jan.why does'nt anyone start to really compare them to other pictures of her mouth.It,s driving me was said in one of the tapes a pack of ??ive almost smoked a pack of cigerets while writing this. MEL'S signiture color in Braveheart, and apoca lip to was blue, and now i'm going to say ,i hope this woman end's up singing the blue's.also there was someone who brought up the baby crying in one of the tapes and made it seem that the baby was with mel,the BABY was actually with the mother, she was the one that was letting it cry.but she did'nt care she just wanted to keep the conversation going with mel,what kind of mother would ignore the baby ,just so she could get stuff on tape,a good mom would of hung up, and attended to the child,and how do WE know for a,fact that she was holding the baby when she said Mel hit her.Im begining to wonder if some one popped mel a few crazy pill's for him to delibretly get that upset, that is if the tapes are real.people should think about that.

S Hanson   July 18th, 2010 1:30 am ET

firstly let me start off by saying Mel Gibson is an awesome artist. a great director, an actor with superb charisma. the way he is being dragged through the mud now about something that is happenning in his personal life is apalling,not to mention the fact that this whole thing is such a one-sided, biased, distorted view on the situation, and on him.

this woman is so obviously an opportunist,(I mean everyone in the business knows and are aware of the hundreds that hang around in the fringes of hollywood society,trying to get noticed, so they can "use" famous people for their own ulterior motives.) and who is, and will use this whole affair to ultimately extort him.
the media, as Mel Gibson himself said is "rephrensible". they will simply look at it with blinders on and maintain a narrowminded, unwise take on it, and sit there an engage in "mel-bashing" every morning and night.
has it ever occured to all these people that this woman set him up, and is quite obviously using Mel for his money and status right from the start and maybe Mel's "rant" had it's roots there? ever thought of giving the poor guy a chance and look at this whole sordid mess from his point of view??

the sad truth is, everyone wants love, and wants to be loved in return, but for people who are rich and famous they are sometimes very unfortuante in that respect, because everyone wants them for not who they really are, but for what they symbolize. they are attracted to people like Mel,for their larger than life persona, (and not to mention the fact he is richer than God!!!) and not one bit for themselves. and it is not long before their real motives become very evident and hence follows the dissapointment and the anger and the frustration..

but the problem is no one cares. the tabloids just want to find someone to crucify on a regular basis.

i and many other fans like me wish Mel Gibson all the best and a talented man like him will ultimately emerge unscathed.
i wish he had stayed with his true life partner, his wife for many years, who was there when he was just starting out, when he wasn't THE Mel Gibson that he is today. now that's a woman to be cherished! it is truly sad, that even after so many years of marriage,it did not ultimatley stand the test of time. But it is wonderful that she is defending him now in the wake of all of this.
(he had the "perfect" american dream there for a while,if there is any such thing!!!)

and thanks to Larry king for remaining true and not jumping on the bandwagon with everyone else and instead airing his wonderful 1997 interview with Mel,putting a positive spin on this sad situation. And all the more when you keep in mind the fact that Larry is jewish and the whole dynamic there, it’s even more commendable.
Thanks Larry!

linda   July 18th, 2010 3:37 am ET

Kudos to Mr. King for not jumping on the bandwagon and villifying this man before all the evidence is shown, especially being of the Jewish faith. I'll wait to condemn him when I see proof of what he is being accused of. I hope the authorities and courts find the truth and act accordingly.

S Hanson   July 18th, 2010 3:47 am ET

and oh,by the way..i can't wait for Mel's next project!

angelique   July 18th, 2010 10:39 am ET

EXAMPLE; the white house has a rose garden,what happens in that rose garden.Alot of new's conferences, when Mel said something to the effect, that is if he said it,i'mgoing to put you in the rose garden it could of ment when i hold MY NEWS CONFERENCE I;m the one that's going to get you.No one really know's what his mind set was at that time.EXample; someone very close to me, one time said; i,m going to kill him.his best freind had slept with his girlfreind of 3yrs That someone would'nt hurt a fly.PEOPLE SAY SO MANY THING,S WHEN THERE MAD,and me, well ,theres been time's that someone very close to me, that has set me of on the phone,I SAID word,s that i normally never say and to be onest, some of the words,i said began with a F...yes... i was edged on, because the other person stayed so calm.And every time i think about it, i feel ashamed.How about WHEN Alic baldwin called his daughter a pig.Do you think he ment it?????????????????????????????eVERYONE ANDI MEAN EVERYONE THINK ABOUT A TIME WHEN YOU HAVE SAID SOMETHING NASTY TO SOMEONE.I BET THERS NOT ONE PERSON THAT CAN SAY I HAV'NT, IF THERE IS, WELL THOSE PEOPLE MUST BE PERFECT

cori3333   July 18th, 2010 10:57 am ET

Mel is ill because i have a Pearson in my family ho suffer from this is low low or high high ,even Churchill suffer from this type of problem he is been for decades these great talent and,now he is sick and this LADY was very smart,well God help her but a wife like Robin and his kids will not come to his rescue if he was not a good Pearson the wife for 30 years now a man better that his own mother and his kids,older now.I believed in Mel and the baby should be place with Robin if she Agree ,the Russian Lady want the baby for her money that's old. I will pray for all of them and I am a Hispanic.

Jimmy   July 18th, 2010 11:36 am ET

Just wanted to say thanks Larry – I think I missed the major show on Mel. But I caught some of it. Yeah I don't think the other actors came out yet because this is unfolding and it may make things worst. Yes it's sort of is unfair that it comes out in public. Like this. How many people say things behind close doors and you never hear what they are saying. Yes privacy has been compromised. It's not the first time. Yesterday they had even worst thing on tape C.N.N that Mel may have said. Have to us "May" because it's not confirmed. There is no telling if in fact he did say it if he was drunk, on medication, or what ever. You know when something is taken out of context (WE WERE NOT THERE)! It may actually sound a lot worst than what it really was. And of course it may be what it is.

Guess it will take time to figure this thing out. And of course they are going to say the tape are authentic. Who are the professionals that said that and where is it in writing. Where is it confirmed and who are the experts.There is so much to be confirmed I guess.

Yes I guess the general public is wondering who Mel Gibson is.
Weird that he is sort of acting like a character from his movies in
a weird way if it is him. Sometimes little parts of the actor may be like the real person. Some of yourself has to come across the screen I guess. Heard his wife has come out and said he never hit her in 30 + years and that he was a good father. That's a good thing. If he did say those things and it was him.. why? Was he drunk or taking some mediation or something. it's hard for the public to judge someone when they don't know the very details.. his personal life...
Hopefully things work out..

Yeah I never heard of her before this. Is she an actress? I just knew Mel Gibson the actor and never ever heard him act this way on any talk show or what ever all these years so it seems strange.

SAMANTHA DRUMMER   July 18th, 2010 11:53 am ET


Elise   July 18th, 2010 12:27 pm ET

I lived in a abusive marriage for 10 years, I delt with many abusive phone call and txt msg from my ex husband none of which I could stay calm and just let him abuse me and call me names, I know some men treat women badly, but they for the most part also have a history of it with many women and I can tell you if my ex husband was fighting in court like Mel is there is no way I would be trying advocate for him like his ex wife Robyn has, which I think speacks volumes.
This great man Mel Gibson Australias pride and joy we are so proud of you Mel and always will be for all your fantastic work for being real being human. through sleepless nights in tears, Mel gibbson movies would give me comfort and still do.
We are all here for you Mel! If anything come forward and let us know that you can hear us and that you know you are loved and supported.
Mel is still a very hansome man not fake with lots of plastic surgery , he has his faith so what if it not everyones, my god this planet has so many faiths who knows whats what with all that, as long as you have faith things will always get better.
This is not the end of his career how could the world lose such a brilliant career, but he sure deserves to take a brake, Maybe learn meditation spend some time with the dali lama he is very joyful , heal quickly Mel and enjoy your future. I love you and always will . Thank you so much for all the years you have helped me heal. I wish I could do the same for you.

angelique   July 18th, 2010 1:17 pm ET

How doe,s that song go, I NEVER PROMISED YOU A ROSE GARDEN.Here iam trying to finish painting my bedroom ,and all of a sudden up pop,s the head honcho from radaronline.I look up'and here he is ,sitting there with a staight face, tomorrow more tapes. at this point what doe,s it matter wether mel,s camp try,s to stop any more tapes,the damage has already been done .The people that love mel will stick with him no matter what they hear. People that dislike him, who care's, he will alway's be abox office draw.Radar and there tapes have almost,no they have, they have put him in the dryer, without a fabric sheet., his life is probably spinning,i think this is going to be just another tumble in his life, in the end,that fabric sheet Will be in the dryer and hopfully mel will be able to hold his head up high, come out of this garbage that gr and radar have put him threw,take in a deep breath,and as the saying goe;s smell the roses ,and say to himself, finally i can hold my head up high once again. That remind's me few years ago there was a movie that came out called once, the music was beautiful ,people should listen to,s such as lies,gold,leave, all the way down,........say it to me now......., and once........some of the words will have you in tears.Hopefully i wont see that guy from radar pop up again. because he makes me angry.

Malka Kryger   July 18th, 2010 5:10 pm ET

I am a women of Jewish persuasion,
Many negatives things have been said by Mel Gibson, He has
demonstrated truly bad behavior,
I do not defend any of this , However I sincerely believe that,
he was set up by " The Sweet" Oksana Grigorieva it was premediated entrapment,
The most astute men reach a certain age, they can be bewitched, and & get bagged by ,
a pair of fake boobs, & a piece of trash like Oksana Grigorieva
How can "the Oksana Grigorieva "sound so calm, on the tapes, when the man's voice is so desperately angry & enraged, could she have manipulated him to have a few drinks, & abused, taunted him, in her disgusting calm voice, Now who helped her set up such sophisticated microphone & taping equipment, sounds like she's a orchestrated the whole thing, getting pregnant,
coming out to the media after she allegedly was struck by Mel, In February,
she should be charged & Jailed for extortion,
Mel needs to get some much needed therapy & help from his family & friends,
He Obviously has many issues,
Oksana Grigorieva came along like a curse in his life,
The media doesn't really know what goes on behind closed doors,
It's all speculations, & sensationalism to sell trashy Magazines & have something to talk about on the TV .People seem to attack a man who has brought much pleasure with his films, to millions of people, we built our heroes, & knock them down, as soon, as they need us most,
no one is perfect,

Proud to be Jewish

IKHAN   July 18th, 2010 6:50 pm ET

Hi Larry,

Mel Gibson remains one of the most talented actor of our time & has given us many brilliant movies.
His woes started withe his Passion of Christ which got him into trouble with those phobics who see an anti-semitic lurking around every corner. And those are some powerful people.

That campaign in my opinion is still continuing.

Robin - Florida   July 18th, 2010 7:23 pm ET

Can't believe you are showing this interview for the 2nd time when it has nothing to do with what is currently going on. I have to say, Mr. King, that you have let millions of abused women, around the world, down. Shame on you! Mel Gibson's attorneys must be jumping up and down for joy.

It seems that most of the people on this blog have missed the point: Is Mel Gibson abusive? Would they want to deal with this abusive behavior for the next 20 years in raising their shared child? Would they want their child in an abusive environment? If they answer yes it's ok because Mel Gibson makes great movies or because Oksana is a gold digger, I am literally going to puke.

I think Oksana did what she had to do, protect herself and her child, as a good mother should do. If nothing else, Mel Gibson is going to think twice before he verbally abuses someone again or maybe, he's not as brilliant as all of the other bloggers have claimed. There are only a handful of us that are sticking up for Oksana but there are thousands of women out there that have been or are currently being abused. Good Luck, Oksana, alot of women are behind you. Be strong and don't give up, you are in my prayers.

Barbara   July 18th, 2010 7:53 pm ET

I think it is disgraceful the way Oksana has secretly recorded Mel in the midst of heated arguments. We all have skeletons in our closet when we have spewed obsanities possibly under the influence of alcohol. Imagine if your partner exposed them to the world for your friends, family and work mates to hear. If she was so afraid of him why not go to the police or see a solicitor and get an exclusion order like a normal person. Why air dirty laudry in public and rip a mans life apart and upset all of his children all while showing no emotion on the recordings.

It sounds to me like she wanted to snare him, trap him then skin him publicly alive. Mel does not deserve this. There were other options and roads she could have taken. We can all think what we want about the tapes but ask yourself would you like to be recorded when you are emotional on the brink of a breakdown and with a few drinks. We have all been weak at times. It should remain a private family matter with legal advise.

When Mel allegedly said in a tape that she couldnt be trusted, he was spot on.

Anyone without sin cast the first stone.



tangylecious   July 18th, 2010 9:17 pm ET

I think she is a gold digger. She sounds passive aggressive on the tapes leading him on & driving him nuts. And of course she leaked the pictures and the tapes to the press. She had professional help to set up the audio and the mic & it seems that she & her "potential" accomplice altered the tapes. She didn't go to the police but to RadarOnline.

It makes me wonder how come Mel never went nuts while he was married to his ex-wife.
Mel Gibson might have anger issues but she is a gold digger with a history to prove it.

mary   July 18th, 2010 9:22 pm ET

I am NEVER for domestic violence. However, all of the facts need to be in ...Are the tapes edited? ? From what we read domestic violence would occur with any partner and why weren't there these type problems with his wife of 28 years? Oksana asking the Dentist not to report it should not have mattered if the Dentist thought she was being abused. It was his legal duty to do so, and it is hard to believe he did not do so if he believed that she was being abused. There are many ifs at this point. M in Ohio

ken   July 18th, 2010 9:27 pm ET

Mel's story is the oldest story of time, "Wanting what you can't have", you know the forbidden tree".. It seems like Mel and many others, especially those how are given so much, feel that this lesson does not apply to them. They don't want to accept their limits, They don't want to loose their status. These people feel they are different. Mel has simply proved to me and others that we need to be grateful for what we are given and accept our limits, or go down like Mel and many others. In shame and disgrace as in Mel's case. Whether he is being set up or not, he is guilty of being a bad role model showing himself to be an ungrateful, self centered person. the real victims are his ex wife and children having to see him as somewhat of a dope.

Mary Platte   July 18th, 2010 9:33 pm ET

I think that Mel Gibson is getting a raw deal. I have excamined and compared some of the lines he speaks in various recent films. One example, "Ransom." If you look at the lines he speaks in some harsh portrayals, you will see the very same words voiced on the tapes. Someone has cleverly lifted his harsh lines from films in which he is yelling and using foul language. That film and audio editor has spliced these lines together to make these tapes. This is a frame job all the way. He is vulnerable since his run in with the police last year. I hope you get some experts to examine these films and see that the same lines are uttered in the films. Quite a clever approach. However, notice her voice is flat and staged without any background noise. Quite a feat!!! Since experts now agree that the tapes were edited, a closer look and comparison to film lines is needed. Also, if he was violent with her, where's the 911 calls and the evidence????

deonna   July 18th, 2010 9:35 pm ET


Traci   July 18th, 2010 9:36 pm ET

This latest stunt was like the proveriable final straw. I think Mel Gibson is a great actor but it is at the point where I do not want to watch any movies that this man has made. Every time I watch him I'll think of all the slurs he has made in the past couple of years along with this latest fiasco. What a waste. I think the man needs therapy (regardless whether he was "set-up" or not). He still sounded like a raging lunatic.

Stop the drinking, stop the drugs (if you are on them) and go see a therapist.

MBaker   July 18th, 2010 9:37 pm ET

It does sound like him but when you hear the wife talking it sounds scripted. You never hear how it escalates you don't hear what buttons she is pushing for someone to be so outraged. I would like to hear the whole conversation before I make a judgement on him like everyone had so far because there are 2 stories behind this conversation. Also, every marriage is not perfect and there are arguements this just happens to be recorded.

Mel   July 18th, 2010 9:38 pm ET

Mel Gibson is not a politician, is not stealing and should not be judged in the court of public opinion.

cbc   July 18th, 2010 9:38 pm ET

Mel is a talented actor and Director. He's had some problems in the past , juist like anyone under the potlight.
I think Oksana is probably framing him in some way. Her voice was way to calm and level in those phone tapes. Who could stay that calm when someone at the other end is suppose to be screaming and swearing at you.

hmmmmm   July 18th, 2010 9:38 pm ET

The "facts" are not anybody's business but theirs. I wish the purveyors of News (and I use that term lightly) would stop publicizing the private lives of individuals. What do we know of Mr. Gibson? We know he has been a family man, a loving father, married many, many years to Robin, a very hard worker, a spriitual Christian, one who has sought excellence. Leave the man alone, stop judging him, and stop listening to this sort of baloney. It might be YOU tomorrow.

Craig   July 18th, 2010 9:40 pm ET

There are so many sides of any actor's life. One that entertains us at the box office. Mel has done that many many times. Then there is his personal side. Which right now as well all can tell he's having a hard time in dealing with. I am sure we have all said things that we wished we hadn't! I am not condoning anything that he has said. I am definitely never going to condone anyone man or woman putting you hands on someone! No matter if there was a baby involved. As we all need to protect the innocence of a child! I really feel sorry for him and all this he has to go through. We all put actors on this pedestal and when they fall off we throw stones. He needs psychiatric help and we should all allow him the time to get himself together. Then I'm sure we'll all hear a very heartfelt apology! To his ex and his child and then to all of us! I really wish him the best through all of this as I'm sure it won't be easy! I really hope that he's able to get back into a role one that pulls us all back in to showing us all why we all fell in love with him in the first place!

Lois Roosa   July 18th, 2010 9:40 pm ET

Mel Gibson is a marvelous director and actor. I believe that most hollywood stars have closets full of ghosts that they would not want exposed to the public. I don't watch a movie because of the life style of the actor, (I probably wouldn't watch many movies if I did!) but for the talent of the actor/director. I feel sorry very sorry for Mel Gibson. He's a man with some demons, as it appears that most good actors have. He fell off the wagon...anyone who has fought with this particular demon must have some compassion for this man whoes live is spinning out of control. He has my prayers and my sympathy, Anyone who personally knows a drunk will tell you that they say and do things that they would never do (and probably don't even mean) if they were sober. It seems to me there is a lot of compassion for some stars...and none for others...why is that? Lois

Cynthia Hohlbauch   July 18th, 2010 9:42 pm ET

Mel Gibson may have made "The Passion.." but he is still only human like the rest of us. God has his back. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. We support you, Mel!!!!

Steve   July 18th, 2010 9:43 pm ET

The man is a great actor and producer , why does everyone have to see one side of the story and not the other (it takes two). You know its a crying shame to keep riding Mels personal life . If the News , Magazines and news papers would spend that much time on all the true crime cases in the United States, We would have a better world to live in. I honestly think Obama is forking lots of money out to draw the attention off of himself and on to Mel. Just leave the man alone so he can properly deal with own problems.

Diane   July 18th, 2010 9:46 pm ET

I feel really sorry for Mel. He left his family for this girl and she was obviously using him. Female's can be very devious. She knew exactly what she was doing. Of course he is angry. Out of control angry. His wife and children stood by him through many ups and downs with him. He fell victim to a young, beautiful girl. I left my husband and two children for a young nice looking man and he left me for someone else. I was very hurt and angry. I lost my family because of this jerk. Reality sets in, you realize the mistake you made and there's nothing you can do about it. When you lose all that is dear to you because of your weaknesses you can become so distraught that you scream out in uncontrollable fear. I feel sorry for him and I think Oksanna deserves a swift kick in her pretty little rear end. She knew exactly what she was doing!

Eva Cardenase   July 18th, 2010 9:46 pm ET

Mel Gibson has always been my favorite male movie star. Sometimes I think the media makes things worse than they really are. I don't condone a man hitting a woman, or the language he used, but he is not the only one I'm sure that has used those words when in a family fight. I bet if the truth were known have the movie stars have said that if not worse. He is still at the top of my list. I will continue to watch his movies.

Ralph Deeds   July 18th, 2010 9:47 pm ET

Mel Gibson is despicable. I wouldn't spend a dime on anything he had anything to do with. George Clooney is a better actor and a much more decent person. Gibson is to Clooney as Charlton Heston is to Burt Lancaster. (Lancaster was a much better actor and a better person.)

Mary O   July 18th, 2010 9:48 pm ET

He's human, I think it's a shame they put those tapes out. ALL of us have said things when were mad. That was non of our business!

Miriam Miranda   July 18th, 2010 9:49 pm ET

The major horror of this saga is being neglected in the press; it is the DOMESTIC VIOLENCE! All the bigotry is horrible – no doubt; but, the domestic violence has to be addressed publicly! As professor of Gender Studies, all the aspects of the saga interest me and my students since we study the intersections of race, class, gender and sexuality. Nevertheless, the domestic violence is HUGE. Many women have suffered and are suffering abuse of some sort at the hands of a current, former or part-time loved one! The physical abuse has to be campaigned against. Let us join to STOP DOMESTIC VIOLENCE NOW!! Expose its evils and stop criticizing the victim and focusing on some other problem – like prejudice and racism – as evil as they might be …. We can address all the horrible things in the story. While it is good that the police are investigating the crime, it will be good for more in the press to focus on the domestic violence more sharply and extensively.

elizabeth   July 18th, 2010 9:52 pm ET

i dont think nothing, the reason why there is so much hip about mel gibson and his girlfrieng is because there stars ,, honestly who cares just the people who have nothing better to do than worry about other people relationships. what about all the million of women who are beaten everyday and are killed ? what about the men that are killed by women just for the sake of money,, we live in a evil society dont u know that and these things happen everyday, who know what mental or physical problems there are in his live or his girlfriends live, or what motive anyone has of what or why they do what they do ...DO you know what goes on behind closed doors? why are u so quick to pass judgment on mel gibson , tiger woods etc, and the list go on ? so fed up with all these negative stories about celeberties .. in fact how do we as the public know whats going on in your life ? maybe next month the stories will be about you .. maybe its just about money.. do i feel sorry for the characters in this story no i dont and relly dont care. with the job market and the economy the way it is. its a laugh that people want to get upset about mel gibson and who ever else that are have bad relationships.. who knows if his girlfriend dont talk the same way to him? just because you havnt heard it doesnt mean she hasnt .. like they say theres two sides to every story,, sometime there is some kind of motive why people do what they do.. she probably wanted the world to hear those tapes so she can say to him, I GOT YOU

Charlotte Overlock   July 18th, 2010 9:52 pm ET

Mel Gibson: for God sake, there buddy, get smart and get back to basics...what is, your family, and the wife you just walked all over....the one who took you when you had nothing and raised your kids...not the bimbo you took to bed who wants and will take you to the cleaners. If your wife cannot take you back, forgive you for all the grief you put her through, then find a woman your own age who has her life and priorites in place and has a head on her shoulders. Seems you went off the deep end before you wound up with this Russian gold digger who is making a fool out of you. Too bad you cannot seem to put your act together. You need to talk with your God, the real one, and get back to living like a Christian and not a male harlot. Let the bimbo go and ignore her her what she wants, learn a hard lesson, and get on with the descent life the Lord expects you to live before it is too more ways than one...Best advice...get the heck out of hell and start your life from stratch...there you will find happiness...the kind you were intended to have. Best Regards..Charlotte

traci dial   July 18th, 2010 9:52 pm ET

I still admire him he is a wonderful actor who should not have to have his private life all over the media

Franny Thomas   July 18th, 2010 9:53 pm ET

I Love Mel Gibson! He is a talented actor and director. As far as "the tapes" go, I think that the man sounds like any man that is fighting with the woman in his life. Sometimes it gets a little heated and over the top, but that is emotion and passion. I am not condoning any violent threats but anyone who has been in love and hurt before should be able to identify with the intensity in the conversations. No one is perfect and no relationship is perfect, especially when it is falling apart.

Cush   July 18th, 2010 9:54 pm ET

BiPolar + Alchohol = T R O U B L E

paulf1   July 18th, 2010 9:54 pm ET

Just feel Mel is being set up.........everyone has a right to privacy I'm sure we have all said things we did not want anyone else to hear when we were mad and arguing.

Huh???Idon'tthinkso   July 18th, 2010 9:55 pm ET

What I find truly despicable is how so many celebrities will never see another one of Gibson's films, but they gush and give accolades to Woody Allen, who violated the father-daughter relationship with his step-daughter to have a sexual relationship with her; and Polanski, who admitted that he drugged, raped and sodomized a 13-year-old girl. Incest and pedophilia are not as bad as what Mel Gibson has been proven to do, which is...nothing. HUH?

L in ny   July 18th, 2010 9:55 pm ET

There's an old saying that goes: WHAT YOU'RE DOING SPEAKS SO LOUD, THAT I CANNOT HEAR A WORD OF WHAT YOU'RE SAYING.This refers to the actions of Oksana verus the tapes.

Am I the only one who cannot get pass the fact that he was secretly taped?

Its interesting to watch these talking heads discuss his behavior. I would just love to have their phones tapped and have it aired next month. Wouldn't that be "must see TV"

God Bless Mel Gibson– Don't let anyone condemn you. There is one
judge and you know.

There is a part in the bible when David sins, and he's given a choice as to his punishment and he says "Let me fall into the hands of God, for great is His mercy".

A good read -Majestic is your Name (Teresa of Avila) by:David Hazard

Allan   July 18th, 2010 9:57 pm ET

His personal life is non of my business nor anyone else's but hi., The media just loves to kick 'em when they're down until the next 'big' (big because they say it's big) thing comes along

Michael Alirez   July 18th, 2010 9:58 pm ET

Mel Gibson, you must understand that you are being spiritually attacked because of the beautiful movie you made, "Passion for Christ". The adversary is now trying to discredit you so people will not take the movie seriously. You must ask non-denominational Christian people or organizations to pray over and for you. The adversary knows our weakness. Don't drink he's using that as a tool to accomplish your destruction. We Love You and constantly keep you prayer. This too shall pass. Keep focused on The Father.

With Love your brother-in-Christ

Michael †††

chad randall   July 18th, 2010 9:59 pm ET

I think he was set up this hole thing is dum.He is a good man and a good actor and i love his movies. I dont think he did what people said he did.People need to just let this go.

Steve   July 18th, 2010 9:59 pm ET


Dave Newton   July 18th, 2010 10:02 pm ET

Mel Gibson's territorial imperative is on hyperdrive, and he needs to get it under control if he wants people to think he's rational enough to be worthwile.

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Anita   July 18th, 2010 10:03 pm ET

It is apparent Mel Gibson has a problem with alcohol. He is going through a very difficult time and it seems it started after his divorce. It is unfortunate that he hooked up with such a parasite like this pathetic gold digger Oksana who took advantage of his illness(s). I love Mel Gibson now more than ever. He is exceptionally talented and a profound human being.

Kathy   July 18th, 2010 10:04 pm ET

This woman is obviously out to nail Mel. There is no way if you were in Love with a man saying thoses things to you, that you wouldn't reply with a little more verbage than she was displaying on those fake tapes. She was just too calm, give me a break!!!! What did she do to Mel to piss him off that bad???? She knows whats going on with Mel being pissed. Why doesn't that information come forward!!! Why is it all driven towards Mel?? Fake tits or not lady, he bought em for ya!!! Whatever you did to Mel, obviously he didn't appreciate it. Not only that, how cheap to sell these tapes of your childs father to the media. How low is that? What a great mommy you are, try to explain ruining her father when she gets older. Mel, you hang in there! This should of been kept between you two, not the world. Whats wrong with our society now a days. People get off on ruining other peoples lifes. Shame on them!!!!

Marie   July 18th, 2010 10:07 pm ET

I have always been a fan of Mel Gibson. I feel bad that he has made some wrong choices over the past few years and it appears he has a problem with alcohol. Despite all of this, I think he is a good person. And he is a very talented actor and director. I hope Mel will seek help and ask God to help him turn his life around. God bless you Mel.

esther cohen   July 18th, 2010 10:08 pm ET

Mel Gibson is an admitted bigot as is his father and clearly should be somebody that does not deserve any admiration from movie goers nor does he deserve the respect of the public. He definately uses the word "hate"too much.
Why do old men think young women marry them? Love? They are so stupid. He gets exactly what he deserves.

Pat   July 18th, 2010 10:08 pm ET

I think it is really sad that these actors have no personal life that is off limits. Would we like all of the intimate details of our personal lives broadcast to the whole world? What happened to our sense of decency. It's rather embarassing to be part of a culture like this. We need more civility in all types of media, be it written or otherwise. I love Mel Gibson's acting and that is all that matters.

Lori   July 18th, 2010 10:08 pm ET

This is a sad case of getting older and not being able to handle it. His wife of 20+ years was beautiful....far more beautiful inside and out than the twit he is with now, who by the way, had a baby by him for citizenship, status and money. She is more sick than him.

Tyler Olson   July 18th, 2010 10:08 pm ET

Mel Gibson is definately my all time favorite actor and director. And I really hope these recordings are a fraud, especially for his sake.
When his girlfriend talks its sound kind of flaky. Its almost like she's just reading off lines. She doesn't really sound genuinely upset. I'm even questioning whether that is Mel's voice on there. There's a lot more I'd like to say in Mel's defense but that would take too long (i.e. The Passion is anti-semetic? are you kidding me?!!). The bottom line is: Yes, Mel probably isn't doing as good as we'd like to see him. But I highly doubt he's as bad as the media would like to make him look. Even if that was his voice on that recording, lets have some mercy. Come on people! people say things in anger. They don't mean it. The bad thing is: when you're a high profile star, your personal life gets a little too much extra attention. If we could forgive Alec Baldwin and others like him, we sure as heck should be able to forgive Mel. Period.

maria   July 18th, 2010 10:08 pm ET

There are always 2 sides to every story. We havent heard Mel's, what drove him to the rants on the phone.
These are private matters, not for the whole world to hear.
You have to wonder what is the purpose of releasing these tapes other than destroy Mel. If she released the tapes because as she claimed she was afraid of Mel, than go to the police, give the police the tapes, period.
But, just maybe, she is trying to sell a singing career with all the publicity.
No matter what transpired between these two, it appears one set up the other.
Tragic really!

Ralph Deeds   July 18th, 2010 10:24 pm ET

I wonder what Larry King's and CNN's motive was in airing the old interview. Are you trying to provide a forum to help Gibson rehabilitate his reputation? Very disappointing!

Dolly   July 18th, 2010 10:31 pm ET

I believe in Mel!! Of course he is not perfect, no one is! And everyone has been opinionated at one time or another and should realize and may have experienced how hard relationships are, especially when they are over and involve kids. Sometimes things are said and done that otherwise would have never occured had the relationship survived. However, in this case, I feel that Oksana is the instigator in this whole mess. She seems to be full of it and in it for the money she can get if things go her way. Some parents tend to hold the kids against the other parent by any means possible. They also tend to turn the kids against the other parent. Oksana, I believe is trying to do both and more. I don't trust her. She seems full of lies and manipulation, I feel sorry for their daughter, having to be exposed to that type of parent. I hope that in the end Mel wins and maybe get custody of Lucia because if the daughter winds up with Oksana there will be no hope for her.

imxpnsive   July 18th, 2010 10:32 pm ET

Oh, please.......what???? She didn't get the money out of Mel Gibson that she got out of Timothy Dalton??????? Come on, what is this "whore" doing.... ????? Who is next? Stop girl, get a life.....did these guys have paper bags????? Not attractive......

Deb   July 18th, 2010 10:34 pm ET

Mel Gibson's buisness is his OWN buisness. What if your conversations were taped for the world to hear?? I'm tired of everybody having to be politically correct all the blasted time. People get upset and words fly, So what?? Sometimes people deserve being cussed out! It happens all the time in normal people's lives. It's life and sometimes it's necessary.
Deal with it. I don't believe anything the Russian chick has to say. She's a golddigger and should go back where she came from.

Diane   July 18th, 2010 10:39 pm ET

Allegedly is not the same as doing something. As a die hard fan of Mel Gibson's, I believe before anyone changes their opion they better wait to get the TRUE facts. This phone conversation just doesn't sit right with me. Why, if you are a victum would you release this to the press before you release it to the police? Think, if that happen to any of you out there, wouldn't the first thing on your mind be contacting the police (not the press). This whole thing just doen't sound right to me. I stand behind Mel.

Ed C   July 18th, 2010 10:40 pm ET

Well I hate to see a great movie star in the position he is facing. But I believe he is unfairly accused and to early criticized regarding his behavior, his life has been basically public for decades, his personality on the screen is one of the best I seen, he definitely is a very smart with strong character. Why do I said he is unfairly accused and early criticized, let me put it to you this way, IF I am drinking a cup of coffee and suddenly you tell me that you did spit on it, YOU ARE GOIG TO HEAR ABOUT IT AND LOUD, and if you are ready to record what I would be saying I definitely will not sound as a nice guy, now how do you know that Mel Gibson was not set up that way, what about if I am allergic to strawberries but happen to be that my wife forgot about it and fed me some at dinner, I could be very ill that night, and if I am recorded I will definitely would not sound very nice, I think I made my point with those examples, now something evil would be if my wife in the comfort and security of my home is setting me up or at very least recording my times of frustration or anger with the sole intention to cause me harm, destroy my personality and career, now that is bad, did she recorded the conversation when he was apologizing of course she did not, and if you ask how do I know he did apologize my answer to that would be, how do you know he did not. AND we all know the media, they can careless about justice or fairness, they care about sensationalism, Sorry Mel that is the price to pay, for being successful
I am not saying he is not guilty or innocent just to give the man a chance to fairness, and not to be one sided.

Michael Alirez   July 18th, 2010 10:45 pm ET

Oh yeah Mel, Most of all, you must "Plead the Blood of Jesus" over any spiritual wickedness coming against you and yours.

Michael †††

Heather L.   July 18th, 2010 11:01 pm ET

Sooo a PORN STAR comes to the great USA, lands a big movie star who leaves his wife of 30 years & 7 kids. The PORN STAR gets pregnant probably cuz it is easier to get a fat monthly cheque out of him. Then he realizes he was "set up" and he allowed her to make a complete jerk of him. So he freaks out. Wouldn't you?
Depression is anger turned inward. I suspect some of that anger manifested outwardly by Mel Gibson is frustration & remorse. He must feel like such a fool, but we must not kick him while he is down.

I was pleased to read some of the comments HERE which indicate most people are clever enough to be sceptical of this entire scenario involving leaked tapes. I doubt if these tapes would be permissible in Court, which is likely why someone is leaking them to the Media.

I was surprised Joy Behar's take on this....absolutely amazed at her lack of understanding. If you haven't experienced this, DO NOT JUDGE the other guy. Rest assured he is beating himself up!!

Chrissy   July 18th, 2010 11:47 pm ET

Please a woman that is first apparently Beaten with her child in her Arm's & Apparently had her teeth chipped but" does not contact police" & "continues to be calm" when be threatened on phone ~!What is up? Is a Royal fleecing here a "Gold Digger "Yet supposed phone tapes are leaked to Media ~!?THIS EX WAITS 24 HOURS TO CONTACT POLICE COMEON THE RAGE TAPE WHERE Mel is telling her supposedly that she deserved it listen carefully it sounds really Doctored up... You Deservvveeed It~!YES THERE IS A SETUP HERE FOR SURE ~Mel is a Great Actor & Brilliant Writer & Director the man is Highly Intelligent I FEEL HE WOULD NOT BE THAT FOOLISH TO THREATEN SOMEONE OVER THE PHONE ~!Mel's Wife states clearly ...that in there 29 years of Marriage he Mel was a" Great Father "& A "Good Husband" never any Domestic Abuse ~!!!Besides if Mel HIT HER & CRACKED HER TEETH HE WOULD UNDOUBTEDLY HAVE SCRATCHES OR SCARS ON HIS HANDS NO MENTION OF THIS IN MEDIA HYPE ~!WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU ARE INNOCENT TIL PROVEN GUILTY ~!eVERYONE AGIAN JUMPING ON THE BAND WAGON THREATENING HIS FUTURE FILM RIGHTS GIVE IT UP PEOPLE MOVE ON ~!!~
!Mel is Human too~!`Remember~!!

Jim   July 19th, 2010 12:18 am ET

I think Mr. Gibson's recent controversial behavior is just a symptom of alcohol and/or drug problems. Does he have anyone among his friends and family that will tell him when his behavior is unacceptable? Or does he just have to wait to be arrested to get a hint that what he is doing is wrong? Alcohol and other drugs can cause a person to change their behavior drastically. This is not an excuse, but I think he needs medical treatment as soon as possible.

Hawglegg   July 19th, 2010 12:28 am ET

Mel Gibson needs to tell the truth. Everyone knows that those tapes are from his new movie "Divorce" . When will he make the Announcement .

T.pappin   July 19th, 2010 12:36 am ET

Mel Gibson should have walked away from this horrible user of a woman. Sometimes we women know exactly what we're doing in such situations...not pretty...she should be ashamed and he needs anger management classes. I WILL go see his movies again!

Jim Sleeper   July 19th, 2010 12:42 am ET

I support Mel fully. I am sure she is is a conniving, greedy, manipulative woman behind the scenes, yet a great 'victim actress' in public. She is looking to cash in big, looking for a free ride under the guise of child support. It looks like she may have broken Federal and California State law recording the conversations and then releasing them to the media just shows she is looking for that golden meal ticket from Mel. She has probably poked and prodded him behind the scenes, he didn't know he was being recorded and he showed how angry he was. So, what... This is their business anyway and I hope he does well.

Drea   July 19th, 2010 12:46 am ET

I find it curious that the headlines they're running below Mel concern his take on the tabloids, saying, "I hate the tabloids" and referring to them as "reprehensible". What influence is CNN trying to impose upon public opinion?

Just because Mel (if the tapes are true) is seen as a "bad guy" (due to his past and the situation at hand), a bad guy who has spoken out against the tabloids, do they wish to shine favor on the tabloids? Because an "bad" man expresses his hatred for the tabloids, should we then see tabloids as good? I think not.

Regardless of Mel's alleged actions, he is absolutely right about the tabloids. Paparazzi, entertainment news, gossip and tabloid publications are all trash. They outwardly lie and violate the privacy of human beings. And their very existence insults the intelligence of our society. Stop filthy tabloid trash.

Nancy Orr   July 19th, 2010 12:47 am ET

I think family problems should remain private. Everyone should get out of Mel Gibson's buisness and leave him the heck alone.

Jimmy   July 19th, 2010 12:47 am ET

Another great blog here tonight. People have really thought about this.
Tonight Larry had Mel on. From way back. That was a great interview and just like I thought. Mel was careful how he answered questions. Just as I though. Smooth like Tom Cruise or better yet.. ":John Travolta". I mean he was very manly, polite and younger of course.

There is a lot of talk about men and how they treat woman and perhaps it's true to some extend. But not all men do that. And sometimes it's a communications problem or any other number of issues. But woman could be abusers too. You hardly ever hear that. Lots of them seek out men for money and to be well taken care of. A man almost feels like it was his natural duty to be the provider as set by the heavenly father as such. But there are woman who are even richer and more famous than men. And there are woman who learn to manipulate. Probably because it's part of the conditioning as in men too but sort of in a different way. But at the same time there are men/woman who are not into that at all. But when that occurs the our come will most likely not be good. Men need to be more secure. Woman have to feel something inside prior to sex. men get carried away from a touch on the outside and then if they make the wrong choices and get a woman pregnant they pay dearly for years. We have all heard this before. It's nothing new. And it's a cancer really. Think about it.. When the children grow up the faults/curse gets passed to the next generation. And the next generation young people they will start to understand when it's to late a lot of the,. When your a ten sometimes you think you know so much. It's not under near 40
that you start to understand a little better and see things clearer.
Some people are lucky though. And how can your parents really get the point across when it's something most people find out in the phisical being rather than in a text book. You can read about one minute and be in it the next thinking .. How did I get here?

In some cases change will never come but if people really care and own the blame when it is in fact their faults then perhaps we can start the healing process and love one another the proper way. To some this is fiction but there are people out there that changed for the better and know this is real. It's easy to preach but hard to teach. Hey that myths.

Love is not what you say.. It's what you do... Love is not free and not unconditional. Well the love that we were meant to give should be unconditional but people judge by all sorts of greed and selfishness and that pushes it far away, This is a selfish world.. But there are some angels in this world as well. There are people of good character with hearts of gold. Not sure I convinced myself.
So sad for Mel. I never heard of this girl before. Not sure if any of it
is true to the extend she claims.

Wishing the best out come and ponder this stuff.. If only people could learn to love without greed and insult. We are all sinners. But we can change and make a better day.

Joan Franklin   July 19th, 2010 12:58 am ET

Watching the interview from 1997, It appears to me that Mr. Gibson should be checked for bipolar disorder. It appears obvious to me. Why hasn't someone picked up on that yet. Which could explain some of his behavior. Not that that excuses hi behavior, but it could possibly explain it.

nanniek   July 19th, 2010 1:00 am ET

Geez - enough of Mel Gibson already - I've seen this interview 5 times this weekend!!!!!!!

Judy Monroe   July 19th, 2010 1:00 am ET

Mel Gibson is a wonderfully talented actor, and I am a big fan. I think everyone needs to step back from convicting him in the "court of public opinion." What we need to remember is that there are some women out there who take advantage of the fact that the minute any woman screams "domestic violence" everyone assumes that she is telling the truth and no one believes the man's side of the story. It does seem strange that if Oksana is putting forward the audio tapes and the photo of her broken teeth as evidence, that they are being made public before any trial has taken place. I wish Mel the best and hope he has the strength to get through this, and will seek out help if he needs it. Bless you, Mel.

sothern view tammy   July 19th, 2010 1:02 am ET

I have seen the best of people taken advantage of. Mel got twisted up in this and she knows how to push his buttons. What woman waits months after being punched in the mouth to declare abuse? She wants to be famous and thats it.

ana neto   July 19th, 2010 1:12 am ET

Mel come to Portugal we all love you here and think you are a great actor one of the best ever!
Americans do not appreciate you and are fast to beleave a gold digger wich is what that women is
nobody is perfect mas americans judge to fast...

Gabrielle   July 19th, 2010 1:17 am ET

Mel, I trhink you are a magnificent actor and director. I love your HAMLET portrayal. Never mind, Oksana is setting you up, I do believe. She is obviously exploiting the culture here in America, and hoping to get a truck load of money – a gold digger that is. – Never mind, you are great, and will remain great and brilliant. Stay strong, and don't let this woman destroy you. Get some good legal help. We love you.

Rosanna   July 19th, 2010 1:22 am ET

Let whomever among you with no sin be the first to cast a stone!!

What a shame that the media in our country is at its lowest level since all they do is trash and judge people instead of talking about what is important in this world! Mel Gibson is only human, and humans make mistakes. What happened to mercy and compassion?

I wish the media would report something WORTH reporting! Try making a difference and leaving a positive impact on the viewers!

Enough with the ugliness and gossip, please!

Linda   July 19th, 2010 1:25 am ET

Mel have no doubt she's a calculating, manipulative user. I think her intention from the beginning was to get as much money from you as possible by any means possible. I don't believe the pictures of her teeth. If my dog jumps up and accidentally hits my mouth my inner and outer lip have a blood mark as well as a slight swelling. Where's her swollen or bruised lip? She proved how devious she is by luring you into an argument for the sole purpose of taping the conversation and using it as leverage to extort more money from you. I know there are many couples out there that have had nasty arguments and said vicious things to each other, but it wasn't taped and then played back for the world to hear and judge. She's a despicable excuse for a woman and mother. I pity the poor fool she targets next. Stay strong Mel and take comfort in the love of your beautiful family and in knowing there are more people who support you than you know...besides, her Karma won't be pretty!

Smith in Oregon   July 19th, 2010 1:54 am ET

Engineers monitoring the capped Louisiana BP well site which has gushed some 180 Million gallons of toxic, poisonous and carcinogenic heavy crude Oil into the Gulf of Mexico, today stated they are monitoring seepage from the sea-floor that is likely coming from the Macondo Oil reservoir which the Louisiana BP blown Oil well is connected to.

The Cameron team of experts originally determined the outflow pressure was 13,000 PSI. Almost immediately after the new cap was placed on it, the outflow was down to 8,000 PSI. I could immediately see the new containment cap was discharging less out the top of the stack than was exiting from the blown BOP riser originally.

What that should have signaled to anyone that was actually looking, was that 5,000 PSI of outflow was going somewhere else. Being thru a ruptured Oil drill pipe and casing into a geologic fault that could possibly lead to the surface of the sea floor resulting in venting.

AND upon closing ALL the valves on the new containment cap, the pressure went down to 6,000 PSI. Exactly 1/2 what the original Cameron team of experts had determined for the out pressure from this well site. That directly translates to 1/2 of 2.2 Million Gallons per day gushing into the Gulf into 1.1 Million Gallons per day going somewhere and likely ending up in the Gulf of Mexico after venting thru the deep Ocean sea-floor.

The mechanics of deriving the out pressure is very straight forward math plugged into the weight of the standardized mud mixture that BP had attempted during the 'top kill' operation to balance the opposing pressure. 14.3 lbs per foot of drill pipe filled with that specific drill mud material over the depth it takes to neutralize the opposing pressure to equal the actual out pressure from this specific well.

In short BP and Thad Allen knew damn well what the real out pressure was on this Oil well way back when the 'top kill' operation took place. It certainly wasn't 6-8,000 PSI meaning up to half of that gushing crude Oil is now spewing thru a rupture in the Ocean sea-floor drill casing and into undersea geological fault lines which likely lead up thru the sea-floor in venting.

MattFitz   July 19th, 2010 3:03 am ET

Mel Gibson is dead!!!!!

nicky   July 19th, 2010 3:25 am ET

What a set up............................ I mean any fool can ascertain that the entire thing was orchestrated. Why is her voice so clear? I have heard interviews with her and she is not a confidant speaker, lots of ums mmmmms she hesitates a lot while speaking, BUT in the recording she is very eloquent almost like she was being coached, clearly leading the conversation in the direction she wanted to achieve. She sound like a total to me.

All couples argue, scream, shout and say things that they later regret, but to record them is devious to say the least, and then to release them, or to be precise to have your PEOPLE release them and then claim you did not release them is just plain wrong.

People all over the world will find her behavior suspicious and I think she will regret this action, it will backfire on her BADLY.

DeeDee   July 19th, 2010 3:57 am ET

Mel is an Iconic actor in my eyes and I refuse to see an A list actor be down grated by an F list nobody. Whatever the case may be this women has something up her sleeve. She wants something she is taping all of these conversations she picks certain parts to record why doesnt she record the whole conversation. Why just bits and peices? her primary motivation is MONEY and he is so pissed because he found out that she used him. If we listen carefully that is what he says that she used him and that all she wants is money. He also says that she knows how to push his buttons I thinks she plays mind games with him. She knows what she is doing. I hope that she is really exposed for who she really is a scammer and loser. Mel you have supporters that are backing you.

Kelly Pritchard   July 19th, 2010 3:58 am ET

Ya Know, Many may not agree with me especially since I am a female fan of Mel Gibson's. I just am not buying his Russian Girl-friend's rants and raves about Mel. I feel the tapes are doctored. I hear anger in her voice as well, and I think she has taken him for a ride and used her mean spiritedness and spite for older suscessful men who may see a beautiful woman and think somehow he deserves her and she with low self control and mean spiritedness takes these men and ruins their lives by riling them up. I have a friend who is kind of like that. She never has had a boyfriend whom we have grown to love to hate. She brings out the beast in these men, not on purpose I am sure of it, but it is just what is, and I think it stems from her low self esteem and her love/hate relationship with a body that powerful men will lose everything to process. Kind of like how, and I mean no disrespect, Larry King's wife getting a divorce becasue he slept with her sister. Really? Who knows. I would like to see two interviews. One with Timothy Dalton about his relationship with Osana and his relationship with their son and how she has influenced that, and also I would like to see an interview with Mel's wife and grown children, because even though he probably drinks way too much, I feel he was way too trusting. I hope he gets sole custody of his baby daughter, and I also hope for a couple of private interviews, between the cps and Mels children and with Osana and Dalton's son. I still respect Mel. I hope he has better luck and taste in his choice of women in the future becasue I think Osana is totally wrong and should think about being a spincer and not ruining any more men's lives. You go Mel! You Go Larry! Heads up high, fellas. We still will respect you in the morning

Igor Duh   July 19th, 2010 5:12 am ET

I respect Mr.Gibson and his career. His movie Braveheart has left the a touch in my life. Also other movies are the master pieces that you may watch dozens of times. Everyone has problems in personal life it's just the question on how everyone bears them. I think all this Mel's problems are are too much media exposed for nothing. Are you gonna ever come to Croatia with Larry? All the best to both of you from Croatia...

jan   July 19th, 2010 5:27 am ET

I believe Mel Gibson has been led down the garden path by a woman who has nothing on her mind but money and a hollywood lifestyle. Mel has made the most wonderful and entertaining films and should hold his head up and be composed. Who tapes personal conversations unless you have an alternative reason, lawyers always tell you to keep a diary and tapes of telephone calls in divorce cases, so lets see what unfolds. Good luck Mel.

Kwasi Kyei Darkwah   July 19th, 2010 6:13 am ET

Gold digger seeks the sympathy of a gullible, tabloid-controlled America by damaging the very mine from whence the gold cometh. Conversations or outbursts between family remain so till there is a traitor within. The Akan proverb of Ghana cautions that 'the creature that can harm you resides in your cloth' I feel sad for Mr Gibson. Another man got played.

sami   July 19th, 2010 7:02 am ET

See my consern are two
1.the tabloids must stop searching and spreading information to the public uncensurd info .
2.both of them have to solve their issue and then.......

TONIDUH   July 19th, 2010 7:11 am ET


Jeannette   July 19th, 2010 8:40 am ET

Mel Gibson is a great actor. I enjoy all his movies and look forward to many more in the future. As to "Oksana".... she knew exactly what she was doing. She is a "gold digger" and by getting pregnant she will get money no matter how it turns out. She had it all planned right down to the pregnancy. Mel should just put it behind him, however, it is shame that a child is involved. If I were him I would take a paternity test just to be 100 percent sure it is his baby. I wish him luck. He must know that he has millions of fans that wish him the best.

Teresa   July 19th, 2010 9:58 am ET

He who doesn't want to be judged should not judge. How many of you are perfect and never say anything out of line in anger. I know I have thrown words out there in anger that I wish I could take back. I really believe this country has a lot more important issues than what Mel Gibson says to a girlfriend and whether or not Tiger Woods is faithfull to his wife. Come on people worry about the important things in your own life; NOT what a celebrity is doing with his!!!

Eqbal Hakim   July 19th, 2010 10:46 am ET

Mel Gibson is not only a great actor but he is a great and respectable man, he is a man of vision. It is not uncommon these days to see celebrities exploited for their money. Call me naïve if you will, but I don't believe Mel Gibson ever abused his girlfriend.
I strongly believe that the media should not be involved in his personal life, but to shed light on it in such a negative and uninformed way is despicable. As we all know, once in a while everyone runs into family problems down the road.
I wish the best outcome for him.

Zach   July 19th, 2010 12:30 pm ET

Mel Gibson can read your mind, so don't think thoughts you'd usually think.

The only thing Mel Gibson is guilty of is being the victim of envy due to his unparalleled success. I have never watched a Mel Gibson movie and not taken away an insightful message from it.

Larry King Live rocks 🙂

If it does not fit you must aquit   July 19th, 2010 2:11 pm ET

Since they aired the tapes a bunch of times.. The more thy are heard the more questions one thinks about. It almost sounds like they are on two different topics and like they say the tapes were edited. It sounds like what he was answering was some provocation on her part which was mediated just to raw him up.. He said "Stop doing what your doing".. In one of the tapes were he seemed really upset. But she was just talking calming on those tapes. And if she records the telephone why would she later go get a good microphone and redo her part. One could say she had help as the experts said and that a good system was planned. He parts seems "not-natural" somewhat.

Who knows what this word "Bipolar" is. Could have changed and adapted meanings from a way back. The problem is every time we see someone handling things the wrong way all of a sudden they are Bipolar . The words "Vindictive" , "Cunning" & "Con" seem to be evident in some ways. I am sure there are people that suffer from that condition/disease I guess. If the tapes don't fit they must acquit.
If something is digitally altered even a hair and they are digitally it's proof that they have been tapered with. And taping someone with out their consent or without a warrant isn't that wrong?

aka   July 19th, 2010 4:29 pm ET

I do belived he being ste up..
his ex girl friend did this before with her sons father

Bev   July 19th, 2010 5:15 pm ET

I wish Larry King would do a show showing power controls the media. That if people would research who owns a newspaper they will see that paper will have their political slant. But, journalism today is absolutely lost, and Mel's story is the best example of this. A gossip internet radaronline/owened by National Enguirer then made headlines around the world–all leaked from a source that has obviously been out to get him! How did the newspapers run that without saying this is from a gossip site/known for WRONG facts? That is what shocks me!

Probably the only true reporting anymore is STREAM LIVE–while itis happening–live footage!

Notice how many articles say....this was quoted by a "good source of this camp or this camp", and don't give the name? When it comes to EDITED/ALTERED tapes if you can't give the source I think it should be a felony for destroying someone's image!

Maura   July 19th, 2010 6:34 pm ET

Mel Gibson's career will survive because of his awesome talent and wealth. His fans will stand by him and want to hear his side of the story. He is only human and the tapes may have been doctored. Mel, you and your family are in my prayers.

Marie Macdonald   July 19th, 2010 7:07 pm ET

Mel Gibson is an adulterer (even before his separation, a drunk and a bigot. I do not understand those people who support his verbal and physical abuse,

He should be charged for his threats, like any other regular person would need to do if they uttered the same words. His celebrity should not protect him. Neither should his drunkedness be an excuse for his behaviour.

Karen   July 19th, 2010 7:15 pm ET

Larry you ROCK!!! Sorry to see you go. You always have a way of introducing people to the other side of the story.

I think and will continue to think Mel Gibson is a talented actor and director. He has always placed his heart into what he loves to do and regardless of this last situation I continue to support him. If he was just the neighbour next door no one would care but because he is who he is, his personal life, image and character is slaughtered by the media and people who feel it easier to judge a person before all the facts are revealed. What happened to the saying – "Innocent until proven guilty!" or does that just involve the ordinary man, women or child.
When Mel talks about his life, his co-stars, and the movies he has been in or directed his eyes brilliantly light up showing the passion he has from within and the love he has for life. To negatively attack him only tells me that the people doing this are the ones that have issues not the person they are aiming their vemon at.
Good Luck Mel and keep that chin up. Regardless of what they say You Have Friends that won't desert you, no matter how hot the pan gets.

Megan   July 19th, 2010 7:27 pm ET

I still love Mel. I am praying for him and have one thing to say, "Let him who is without sin, cast the first stone."
I feel like this woman targeted Mel. I hope he gets help and he and his wife can re-unite.

angelique   July 19th, 2010 8:04 pm ET

Ok!!!!!!!!!! what happend to today's tape from radaronline.!!!!!!!!! Maybe they have decided that they have done enough damage?????i could of sworn i heard MR.RADARONLINE himself yesterday say there would be another tape out today,ah yesterday!!all my troubles seemed so far away!!now it looks as though there here to stay,ihope mell doesnt feel that way, but he probably doe,s i remeber a movie, i think it was called miricle on 34th was about a man who said he was santa,and wether he was the real one ,or not, to try and perswade,the judge that he was the real s.c every one started to write to the judge, he got bags and bags full of mail.and after seeing and reading almost, all the mail he ruled,YES he i s the real santa cluas. it does seem that mell does. still have a lot of fans, how about some coworkers, after all, don,t people in certain profesions try to stick together and help each other in a time of crisis, i guess not.what a shame,i hope when mell., if he has to go in front of a judge, the judge will be,a fair judge, with alot of common sence. and just order MR.MEL GIBSON,TO SEEK HELP FOR HIS DRINKING,THAT,S ALL HE NEED.S and if he does that i don,t think mel will have any trouble,with anger, not like that on the tape,any way, of course he will feel angry because of every thing thats happened, but in time it will pass.BUT, only if he can stay busy with his work, and please do, and have people around him, that really care for him.I say give mel the baby to raise, after all he helped raise 7, and GIVE GR, VISITATION.ive always said, children belong with there mother, this story has become so public ,and to me , this is an exception.i wonder how many other people feel that way .twinkle, twinkle big star, how i wonder how you are?Alcohol can change a persons life, it can kill them,and it can be there down fall.i also hope mel has not someone,but more than one,who he can say to, help me ,help myself...............and if it was me, that said those things, i truly don,t remember saying them.HOW WOULD HOLLYWOOD FEEL ,IF SOMETHING TERRIBLE WAS TO HAPPEN TO THIS MAN, CAN ANYONE IMAGINE HOW HE MUST FEEL, SITTING DOWN AND LISTENING TO THOSE TAPES.IF IT HIS HIM. THINK JUST FOR A MINUTE.

Beatress   July 19th, 2010 9:18 pm ET

I believe that every American should hire an attorney and sue BP for Environmental Distress, Terrorism on American soil, and to clean up Their BIG FAT MESS!!!!!!

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Carrie   July 20th, 2010 9:05 am ET

And the media continues to go after Mel ! Im sick of watching this ridiculous back and forth and stories as to whether Mel's ex truly lost her teeth.

Mel, the best thing you can do and I share this having 20 years experience in the mental health system, is to step back and begin to surround yourself with people who can speak on your behalf and focus on bringing integrity and dignity back into your life. As I shared in my last post, your behavior isout of control but there is more going on than this recent media slam, than meets the eye. No one wants to come forward in the media to express their concerns about your life in general and how deeply sad you must feel having engaged in this loss of control. I believe that you are very sad and that you are dealing with enormous loss and grief about the loss of your wife and a marriage of 28 years. She was your best friend and I am glad she has stepped forward on your behalf. While you might have divorced Robin, I would imagine that you are still experiencing emotional damage as you have worked hard to move on from. but the damage is still there. She may have been a very stablizing force in your life and I imagine you are still working to get over that. Mel, You do not hit women. You do not stoop to such a level where someone can destroy your reputation as an incredible actor and directtor. You have allowed yourself to date a child and she has figured out a way to go for your juggler vein and you shouldn't allow her to create this kind of anger in you. If you are able to stop back and look at your behavior lately I think you know you have been out of control. My input is that you meet with those who love you and support you to get the help you need. Because you do need help Mel.I believe you need to meet with your therapist and look at what needs to happen in therapy with their assistance and guidance. With this kind of help your therapist might be able to get you to a place where you get the help you need to stand back and gain perspective. I also think that you might want to prepare a statement when the dirt and whirlwind settles a bit. As someone who has supported and enjoyed your movies it makes me sad that a 20 year old child who hasn't even developed herself emotionally has had the ability to bring this kind of anger out in you. What are you thinking? I also think that think that creating a plan is really important. I have never written a blog until this story came out. I thought to myself that this situation has the capacity to destroy everything you have worked so hard to have. If you allow anyone to interview you I believe that Larry King is the best in the business. He is kind and most of all he is not a rumor mill. He has integrity and I would think he also would have your best interests in mind. Mel, take good care of yourself. And work to heal what has passed.

Mark in Baltimore   July 20th, 2010 4:12 pm ET

I too believe that Mel Gibson was set up. That said however does not excuse his unacceptable verbal tirades. I believe he needs serious anger management treatment. Sometimes the person we want to see in front of the camera is not the same as the person in real life. Alot of support has come out in his behalf from fans and friends. For his sake he needs alot of friends in law enforcement to get out of this pickle.

None of Our Business   July 20th, 2010 5:10 pm ET

@If it does not fit you must aquit

Your statements are all based on conjecture. No one really knows what was going on in those tapes unless you are one of the “players”. And personally, this is the curse placed on famous people. God forbid, they act like the rest of us. Who in this blog is perfect? Who in this blog does not have problems? Why must we always pass judgment on another? We have no conclusive facts.

You are obviously very familiar with Johnnie Cochran's closing arguments in the O. J. Simpson murder case. "If it doesn't fit, you must acquit!" You must also be a star wars “fan” as this was also used as a defense for a mythical character.

kathleen   July 20th, 2010 9:36 pm ET

Mel's mistake was in thinking with his zipper and getting involved with what is clearly a lowbrow, reprehensible, opportunistic woman. Many people say things in anger that do not reflect their inner core, and from the recordings I've heard, she seems to be goading and manipulating him in order to get a desired response. Hardly the way in which we treat the father of our child, regardless of how much in opposition we are to them at any given time (having been in that position myself, I know this to be true), and then to blast it to the media when there is money and child custody at stake. Why isn't anyone scrutinizing this woman's behavior? This child will grow up and this will be her legacy, because mommy dearest is hell bent on ruining the dad. What a nightmare for ol' Mel. I hope that he gets help for his anger management and addiction issues and refrains from such entanglements in the future.

VCR   July 21st, 2010 7:20 am ET

This is very funny...........why?. Because, looks like "man out there" do not learn the lesson.
First: If you are looking for a WOMAN to have a real relationship,.... you don't need to buy one from those website where womans from Russia sell themselfe". (sound more like prostitution). And then American man make those "woman" America citizen.......Just Unbelievably.
Second: Listen very carrefully the 3rd or so, audio tape, where she is telling to Mel G.: "You are crazy,...WE can hear that. WE??????????? WHO WE????? Who WE she is talking about? Who else is in MEL GIBSON HOUSE at that time?
HOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW Mel Gibson can look or pay attention to this less classe "woman" after been married with his ex wife Robin? I think when you decide make a change, you make for better not for THIS.

What is this world coming to (repentence)   July 21st, 2010 10:48 am ET

There has been more tapes released lately. Now she is alleging Mel hot the child while she was holding her. And yes it appears that the acting is bad and the tapes were tampered with. Sounds like nothing is working to their satisfaction and so they now bring up the issue "He hot the child". That should do it.. How come child protective services/nor the police were called but the tapes are proof. His response was not even "No I did not do that". Seems rehearsed as they say. There was interesting data about her signing some papers and offering of a large sum of money she refused or turned down. They believe it has to do with the child support. She can get more in the long term perhaps. Just as someone said above the whole things seems very fishy. The way she went about it.

Mel Gibson is a father.. He raised other children and no one ever accused him of being a bad father. All of a sudden because of his rage or anger at this situation the tables get turned. Now of course
how do we now for sure who's telling the truth. Where did he hit the child? Was there any injuries? In the last so many weeks.. NOW we hear about the child being hit in "sequence". I guess lots of people are awaiting details to come out to clarify a lot of this. This is just SAD. I would think people that do this to men have no shame. They don't think.. "I'm bad".. They don't own the blame because they got the fame. I mean look at Paul McCartney.. It was said she would get some 30 million and then how much was it."largest divorce deal in British history." as they say.. This is what this is about.. Mel's brilliance as a director/actor help employ people and he does say she is a gold digger on tape.

Before this I never heard anything about Mel being any of the above things. How did he get here? Well we know that answer.

In respect to the great woman on the planet who actually deserve a man wealth.. Some woman actually deserve to be sharing the riches of a man. And I think it some woman were not manipulating and actually loving from the heart men art happy to give. I mean men enjoy giving. And respecting woman too. What they do is ruin your reputation and when they get away with it. Their lawyers tell them "You have been successful". Perhaps.. But the curse you will have to nurse for generations. I sincerely think when there is an economy that needs attention and an oil spill and all of this stuff the poor hard workers and soldiers have to go through. This is sad..

Larry why not do a show on The soldiers who gave their lives for their country. Their families and perhaps a show on the people who made a difference for the mass majority. The no names who help make the word a better place.

I sincerely hope this mess gets resolved and if it does not fit they must acquit. I think a lot of the reporting is "Speculative too" and people are voicing their opinions. which is what what they do and they touch on some good points but it just all appears out of the ordinary.
If sh is telling the truth why NOW. What about when it happened. Why not then. Why in this way instead of the proper way.

"Mel is they will do it with you. They will do it to you." I mean we were told all of this by the son of the creator. And when we see it come to light we are shocked.

Hoping for the best for everyone... Even if she is telling the truth on some regards it's the way it's being done is not respectful to Mel Gibson. In this day and age it's no surprise that people use one and other for rewards. It's been going on for years but it sure has gotten to the point where increased and out of control.

Tom Bigford   July 21st, 2010 11:39 am ET

I think Bill Maher should be chosen as Larry's replacement because
he is charismatic and he knows when to ask the right questions.
I know he has a reputation for being too liberal but the guy is super
intelligent and has a tremendous following and will be able to drag in
great guests because of his Hollywood connections. I know he is a
loose cannon (as evidenced by his stint as host on ABC's "politically
incorrect" show), but the guy knows what he's talking about. This
coming from someone who considers himself to be a conservative.
I know that the producers have someone else in mind but I would
strongly consider Bill because of his strong personality that he would
bring to the show.He'd be a perfect fit.

Donald L Allen   July 21st, 2010 12:45 pm ET

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Donald L Allen   July 21st, 2010 12:50 pm ET

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Jimmy   July 21st, 2010 1:03 pm ET

Wow Carrie you got some good point there. There is some news on site about Mel's many faces. Interesting article here on site. I guess as Carrie say's he has gone through some hardships. She seems to have pushes his buttons. Must not be easy. I guess after having so much and getting older and you loss your wide you end up putting a great deal of faith into the model girl friend. She may be telling the truth on some levels so who knows but the judge or people handling this situation will have to help resolve it. So sad in the end. And I guess some things were said by Mel that were not good. Not sure if a drinking problem, frustration or if he actually believes some of it. People say things they don't mean when the crap hits the fan. They vent their frustration's sometimes the wrong way.

I hope with all the problems in the world that we learn something from this. I hope that men & woman learn to respect each other again. Love each other. "Manipulation" is a disease it has brings generational curses. Loving someone for their inter being is a beauity not matched by any phis-cal beauty anywhere in the universe. Sure it's not easy to do that. If we can learn to act we can learn to love on the inside FIRST. There is one thing that can be done more than anything else. "Pray".

Cajazz76:24:8   July 21st, 2010 1:18 pm ET


The zipper track across your head shows it only functions in one direction...closed. If Oksana was a U.S. citizen would it make a difference? If masterful Mel was not an actor would it have made a difference? What is more apparent, than hidden is the worship of idols and the blind faith we all have in the interests of taking sides, instead of observing and recognizing what is wrong or right..Mel Gibson should be answering to the same court as Lindsay Lohan and not the court of public opinion. What he did is criminal, threats of bodily harm, and his current spouse is the victim...End of story? Never...just another saga of the silly human race...

Lois   July 21st, 2010 4:26 pm ET

Does AZ hole come to mind.???????????

News. 1.2.3 is this thing on   July 23rd, 2010 8:56 am ET

Secret Mel Gibson text message may prove extortion

Google that article and read.. The text messages could be also forged.
Read about the judges opinions as is in the new lately.

Apparently her own dentist came out against her and she is now being investigated for extortion.

BEv   July 23rd, 2010 10:55 am ET


The story is much wilder than reported. Earlier this week, Oksana's rep, Steve Jaffe, told Harvey that Mel had described to Oksana a plot to kill Harvey. Jaffe said Oksana claimed Mel told her he was furious that TMZ broke the story about the anti-Semitic rant following Mel's 2006 DUI arrest. Jaffe said Oksana told him Mel had said he wanted the "blood of Jews" on his hands.

According to Jaffe, Oksana said Mel told her he had someone do "surveillance" on Harvey earlier this year, having him followed to the gym at 4 AM.

The plan, Jaffe said, was to "kidnap" Harvey, strip him, take him deep into the desert, break his kneecaps and leave him to die.

Jaffe told Harvey the story on the heels of complaining that a particular TMZ post was not favorable enough to Oksana.

We checked the "kneecap"story out and determined it was false. For starters, Oksana had the wrong gym. More telling ... Oksana never mentioned a word of this to any of her lawyers while she tried negotiating a $15 million package in May during the mediation, using the tapes as her secret weapon. One person involved in the mediation laughed, saying Oksana brought out every piece of ammunition imaginable to score a financial package, so why was this story mysteriously absent?

Oksana claims to have told the Sheriff's Department the story. It seems deputies took it so seriously ... they never even contacted Harvey to give him a heads up that someone wanted him dead ... allegedly.

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