Mel Gibson uses racial slur: report
By Bob Tourtellotte
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Oscar-winning director and actor Mel Gibson, who caused a media storm four years ago over an anti-Semitic statement, is again making headlines for using an apparent racial slur in an argument with his ex-girlfriend.
Celebrity news website Radaronline.com Thursday published excerpts of an audiotape of Gibson telling Oksana Grigorieva, whom "The Passion of the Christ" director is battling in court, that they way she is dressed made her look like a "pig in heat."
"If you get raped by a pack of n***ers, it will be your fault," Radaronline reported Gibson as shouting at Grigorieva during an argument she taped, apparently using an expression that is deeply insulting to African Americans.
Radaronline, which published the excerpt with the three asterisks, claims to have listened to the tape. A representative for the website was not immediately available for further comment.
A spokesman for Gibson declined to comment due to pending litigation between the actor and his ex-girlfriend, and Gibson's lawyer also was unavailable for comment.
Radaronline.com is relatively new to celebrity news when compared to rivals such as People magazine, Us Weekly or even rival website TMZ.com. Often its stories come from unnamed sources who say they are close to the stars, but it was among the first fan sites to accurately report on the birth of Gibson's and Grigorieva's baby.
Paul Talbert, who is unaffiliated with the case and is a partner with New York matrimonial law firm, Chemtob Moss Forman & Talbert, said it is common for one or another party to tape a conversation with an ex-spouse or partner during a child custody case, especially if one party feels threatened.
"If this tape is genuine, you can see how nasty these things can get," Talbert said. Continued...