‘I don’t blame some peo­ple for think­ing I’m big­oted’

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Mel Gib­son has fi­nally spo­ken out about his much-pub­li­cised melt­downs. He has, not al­to­gether sur­pris­ingly, been only mod­estly apolo­getic.

As you will re­call, last sum­mer a tape emerged that ap­peared to show Gibbo di­rect­ing a vol­ley of in­sults – some tainted by racist lan­guage – at one Ok­sana Grig­orieva, the mother of his young daugh­ter.

He was sen­tenced re­cently to pro­ba­tion af­ter be­ing found guilty of hit­ting the un­for­tu­nate woman. Gib­son did make it clear that he wouldn’t blame peo­ple for think­ing any less of him (that’s big of you, Mel), but went on to claim that the record­ing had been very care­fully edited to show him in the worst pos­si­ble light.

“The record­ings were one ter­ri­ble aw­ful mo­ment in time, said to one per­son in the span of one day, and doesn’t rep­re­sent what I truly be­lieve or how I’ve treated peo­ple my en­tire life,” he said.

“I’ve never treated any­one badly or in a dis­crim­i­na­tory way based on their gen­der, race, re­li­gion or sex­u­al­ity.

“I don’t blame some peo­ple for think­ing I’m big­oted, though, from all the garbage they heard on those leaked tapes.”

A ro­bust char­ac­ter, he sug­gested to Dead­line.com, a web­site ded­i­cated to news from Hol­ly­wood, that he was philo­soph­i­cal about the fact that his ca­reer might be dam­aged.

“I don’t care if I don’t act any more,” said Gib­son. “I could eas­ily not act again. It’s not a prob­lem.”

Mel Gib­son ar­riv­ing at the Air­port Branch Court­house in Los An­ge­les last month

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