'I'm glad John Lennon is dead': Mel Gibson facing fresh outrage over rant claims
The Beatles icon was not the only target of Gibson’s attacks, according to claims by top screenwriter Joe Eszterhas.
Controversial Hollywood star Mel Gibson faced fresh outrage yesterday over claims he saidJohn Lennon deserved to die. The astonishing allegation was made by top screenwriter Joe Eszterhas in a leaked nine-page letter to the Braveheart actor. Eszterhas, best known for the Sharon Stone hit Basic Instinct, wrote the script for Gibson’s planned film about biblical Jewish hero Judah Maccabee. But after his screenplay was rejected by Warner Brothers studio this week, he launched a string of attacks on Gibson, who he says sabotaged the project. He alleges Gibson once ranted about the murdered ex-Beatle: “I’m glad he’s dead. He deserved to be shot.” Gibson, 56, allegedly added: “He was f*****g messianic. Listen to the songs! Imagine. I hate that f*****g song,”
The music icon, who was shot dead outside his New York apartment by a demented fan in 1980, was not the only target of Gibson’s attacks, Eszterhas says. In the letter, the screenwriter, 67, wrote that the star “hates Jews”, called the Holocaust “horses**t”. Eszterhas – who is Jewish – also claimed Gibson only pitched The Maccabees to “deflect continuing charges of anti-Semitism”. During an arrest for drink-driving in 2006, the Oscar-winner reportedly launched an outspoken attack on Jews, saying they were “responsible for all the wars in the world”. Eszterhas also said Gibson referred to Jews as “oven-dodgers” and “Jewboys” and said the only reason he was making the film was “to convert the Jews to Christianity”. The letter also says: “It seemed that most times when we discussed someone, you asked ‘He’s a Hebe (Jew) isn’t he?’ You said most ‘gatekeepers’ of American companies were ‘Hebes’ who ‘controlled their bosses’.”