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mel Gibson‘s situation is just getting worse and worse.

I am told that his faithful (and very nice) press agent, Alan Nierob, of Rogers and Cowan, has been instructed by Gibson’s lawyers not to do anything. Period. His hands are tied. So Nierob, who’s done yeoman service fighting back for Mel in the past, is stuck on the sidelines. He can only watch as more and more awful tapes are released.

And the tapes, which are heard on Radaronline.com and YouTube, are bad. Even if girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva planned them, and she’s the golddigger everyone thinks she is, it doesn’t matter. Her project to destroy Gibson has worked. There will never be an interview he does in the future when someone doesn’t ask him about all this. No amount of mea culpas and “I was drunk” or whatever will work. And looking at the pr interviews Gibson did for “Edge of Darkness” this past winter, it’s a lose-lose situation. Gibson attacked reporters who asked about his DUI and anti-Semitic comments.

Here’s a funny You Tube video someone put together of Mel and Christian Bale, another hot head, having a conversation from their real phone calls.

I’m surprised no one’s put together a parody of Sting’s “Roxanne” called “Oksanne.” That should be next.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
2 replies to this post
  1. Roger, I read your column almost everyday and respect your opinion. I feel sorry for Mel, obviously the man hasn’t stopped drinking or drugging or whatever he’s doing. But I also read on another message board that he may be having tax problems — if you listen to tape #2, he talked about paying taxes.

    This is what you get when you leave your “older” long-term wife for a hot young thing. I didn’t know they were dating for three years….three years and the wife divorced him when she became pregnant so that means she put up with it through the affair. And the girlfriend, Oksana knew he was married and she must have been putting up with all his craziness for three years. This is sad. He needs to leave the U.S. and go back to Australia to reclaim his life.

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