For those wondering where I’ve been, I have been out of action for a few weeks now enjoying a vacation. It is the first time I have been away from the blog for more than a three days in over 12 years of blogging.
I am still officially on vacation but saw this story and knew I had to blog it.
A PHOTOGRAPHER has told how Mel Gibson launched into a tirade of abuse at her as she took a picture of him leaving an Israeli film festival.
Kristi Miller feared she would be assaulted as the verbal abuse was hurled towards her.
The Oscar-winning Australian actor, who in 2006 made anti-Semitic comments, shoved the snapper and stood over her with a clenched fist after he was photographed in the public place.
Mother of three Ms Miller, who works for the Australian Daily Telegraph said: “I thought he was going to punch me in the face.
“He was spitting in my face as he was yelling at me, calling me a dog, saying I’m not even a human being and I will go to hell. He swore and called me a c***.
“It was non-stop, he didn’t even breathe.”
Gibson only stopped spouting profanities when his young girlfriend intervened.
Gibson said Ms Miller was “invading” his space and “disrespecting him” after she photographed him outside the Palace Verona Cinema on Oxford Street, Paddington, Sydney.
He had been watching the movie Matti Caspi – Confession, at the festival.
The 59-year-old actor’s girlfriend, US equestrian vaulter Rosalind Ross, 24, was heard apologising to Ms Miller.
Ms Miller added: “It was only when (Ross) grabbed his shoulder and said, ‘that is enough’ that he stopped.
“She said, ‘I’m so sorry, I’m so sorry’. They turned and crossed the road and walked off.”
That evening an Australian reporter asked if Gibson enjoyed the film. He firstly ignored her then asked “Who are you?” with a condescending emphasis on the ‘‘you” before marching away from her.
An embarrassed Ms Ross apologized to the reporter, saying: “I’m sorry, he’s a bit sick at the moment.”
The idea of Mel Gibson engaging in an unhinged rant is old news. What is more interesting to me is the fact he was at an Israeli film festival.
This is not the first time since Sugartitsgate he has been associated with something Israeli or Jewish. A few years ago, he was set to make a Maccabees film – but this fell through. Then there was talk he may have gone kosher. He followed this with extending to Sarah Silverman a helping hand.
I would like to think Mel has done t’shuvah and is now a philosemite. After all, stranger things have happened.
Update: In case you were wondering, this is the film Gibson went to see.
What lies behind Matti Caspi’s mask like face? In this cinematic confessional, one of Israel’s greatest musicians reveals his innermost secrets. Caspi relates his tale of growing up in the 1950s in a family bereft of affection, his rise to stardom in an army ensemble, the quantum leap to fame with a string of commercial hits and then his exile to the USA after a very public fall from grace.
Perhaps Mel just relates to falls from grace.