Mel Gibson says backlash over racist outburst was 'not fair'

  • 24/11/2017
Mel Gibson says backlash over his racist outburst was 'not fair', calls Jewish cop he attacked "unscrupulous".
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Mel Gibson has admitted to being surprised at being accepted back into the Hollywood mainstream after making his notorious abusive outbursts.

The Lethal Weapon star has spoken about his career on The Graham Norton Show while promoting Daddy's Home 2, a new comedy he stars in alongside Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell.

Gibson ranted about "Jews starting all the wars" while being arrested for drunk driving by a deputy sheriff, who was Jewish, in California.

In 2010, he again made headlines over a series of abusive messages sent to his then-partner Oksana Grigorieva, including telling her it'd be her fault if she was "raped by a pack of n**gers".

Although he was subsequently absent from Hollywood for several years, Gibson has been making a comeback - something he himself admits is surprising.

"I am surprised as I have been digging a ditch for the past 10 years," Gibson says on the latest Graham Norton episode.

"Quite frankly, it's been a lot of hard work personally and professionally, but the work goes on as I think it does for most of us."

Gibson has previously referred to his racist tirade against the Jewish deputy sheriff as an 'unfortunate incident', while verbally attacking him again.

"I was loaded and angry and arrested. I was recorded illegally by an unscrupulous police officer who was never prosecuted for that crime. And then it was made public by him for profit, and by members of - we'll call it the press. So, not fair. I guess as who I am, I'm not allowed to have a nervous breakdown, ever."

Gibson's role in Daddy's Home 2 comes after he directed Hacksaw Ridge, the war film released in 2016 which went on to win several awards.