Mel Gibson vs Joe Eszterhas: 'John Lennon Deserved to Die'
Joe Eszterhas Accuses Mel Gibson of Marathon Anti-Semitic Rant
Joe Eszterhas and Mel Gibson were supposed to be working on a film called The Maccabees. The project has imploded after Warner Brothers rejected Eszterhas' script, and Joe Eszterhas places the blame squarely on Mel Gibson.
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Specifically, Joe Eszterhas accuses Mel Gibson of rampant anti-semitism (which would seem a deal-breaker for a movie about Jewish history), as well as vicious misogyny and, as the cherry on top, a statement that John Lennon deserved to die.
The Wrap has Joe Eszterhas' letter to Mel Gibson, but we'll include a few of Eszterhas' biggest accusations:
- “You said the Holocaust was 'mostly a lot of horses**t.' You said the Torah made reference to the sacrifice of Christian babies and infants. When I told you that you were confusing the Torah with The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, ... you insisted 'it's in the Torah -- it's in there!' (It isn't)."
- "You continually called Jews 'Hebes' and 'oven-dodgers' and 'Jewboys.' It seemed that most times when we discussed someone, you asked 'He’s a Hebe, isn’t he?'"
- "About John Lennon: 'I'm glad he's dead. He deserved to be shot. He was fucking messianic. Listen to his songs! 'Imagine.' I hate that fucking song. I'm glad he's dead.'"
- On former partner Oksana Gregorieva: “I want to fuck her in the ass and stab her to death while I’m doing it.” (This was allegedly said to Joe Eszterhas' 15-year-old son, Nick)
- More on Oksana Gregorieva: “And then you were even more explicit about your threat: “I’m going to kill her! I’m going to have her killed!” You said you’d become friends with two FBI agents (or former FBI agents) and they were going to help you to kill her.”
At one point, Mel Gibson allegedly chased visiting priests from his Costa Rica house, screaming at them as he ran.
Mel Gibson Denies (Many of) Joe Eszterhas' Accusations
Mel Gibson responded to Joe Eszterhas' accusations with a letter of his own, in which he denies many of the screenwriter's claims. However, Gibson didn't deny all of them, and didn't elaborate on which were false:
"I have your letter. I am not going to respond to it line by line, but I will say that the great majority of the facts as well as the statements and actions attributed to me in your letter are utter fabrications. I would have thought that a man of principle, as you purport to be, would have withdrawn from the project regardless of the money if you truly believed me to be the person you describe in your letter. I guess you only had a problem with me after Warner Brothers rejected your script."
Update: Mel Gibson clarified that he never said that John Lennon deserved to die.
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