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Mel Gibson’s Self Destruction Continues Unabated

By Roger Friedman

hollywoodnews.com: More tapes of his horrific conversations with baby mama Oksana Grigorieva have been released by Radar Online, aka the National Enquirer. (Yes, they are one and the same.)

On this new tape, which Grigorieva patiently recorded while Mel went ballistic over the phone, includes death threats and language too salty to be reprinted here. Suffice to say, Mel–ever the calm, cool gentleman–never ceases to use the “c” word. He also has much to say about Oksana’s pussy, and I don’t think he’s talking about a house pet.

Gibson also reveals that he left his wife, Robyn, mother of his first seven children, because they had no “spiritual connection.”

Robyn, who is an enigma in all this, is listed as Vice President of Mel’s A. P. Reilly Foundation, with $50 million in assets. The Foundation supports Mel’s non sanctioned private Catholic church in Malibu.

It was only last week that another tape contains Gibson ranting against Oksana and using the “n” word. He was subsequently dropped as a client of the William Morris Endeavor Agency.

In 2006, Gibson was arrested for driving drunk and made famously racist and anti-Semitic comments to the officers involved.

Then his father was revealed to be anti-Semitic, and a Holocaust denier who disavows the pope and has written for Neo Nazi publications.

Gibson never apologized for his own comments or his father’s philosophies.

Being dropped from his agency is no surprise. On the same day he was let go, his long time agent and defender, Ed Limato, died. With Limato gone, Gibson had no one left to protect him. In the time since his arrest and scandal, Gibson’s agency, William Morris, had merged with Endeavor. When Gibson was arrested in 2006, Endeavor’s Ari Emanuel quite rightly swore he’d have nothing do with him.

Gibson has no one but himself to blame in this latest episode. Grigorieva has another child of out of wedlock with another movie star, Timothy Dalton. She claimed to be a musician when Gibson unveiled her in his life, and he underwrote her music “career.”

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About Roger Friedman

Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411.com column in April after 10 years with Fox News where he helped create Foxnews.com. Friedman’s prior experience on the Internet is with MSN’s Cinemania column. Friedman also wrote the Intelligencer column as a contributing editor at "New York Magazine," where he covered the O.J. Simpson criminal trial. In addition, Friedman has been involved in book publishing and filmmaking (Only the Strong Survive). For more about Roger go to Showbiz411.com

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