Having been accused of homophobia, anti-semitism, racism and violence, Mel Gibson’s reputation has plummeted beyond the depths of repair.
But the troublesome A-lister appears to have been offered a lifeline by his adopted gay brother.
Andrew Gibson has leapt to the defence of his Oscar-winner sibling, claiming he has ‘never heard anything anti-gay come out his mouth’.
The 43-year-old broke his silence in a candid interview, saying: ‘When I heard them (the accusations) I just thought, “That isn’t Mel”.
‘He has never said anything abusive, aggressive or racist in his life.
‘I just had to turn the TV off and turn it to the wall for two weeks so I didn’t have to listen. The rest of the family did the same.’
But contradictory to these claims, Andrew does acknowledge Mel made a homophobic remark during a 1991 interview, but defends his slurs.
The Braveheart star riled the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) campaigners at the time, saying: ‘With this look, who’s going to think I’m gay? I don’t lend myself to that type of confusion. Do I look like a homosexual? Do I talk like them? Do I move like them?’
Andrew, a PA to a financier, said: ‘He’s a straight man and he was illustrating that fact. In the same way a gay man wouldn’t want to have sex with a woman.
‘He never meant to upset anyone. I have never once heard anything anti-gay come out of his mouth.’
Andrew, who told his family the truth about his sexuality when he was 22, told The Sunday Times it was ‘one of the most terrifying things’ he’s done.
He revealed his father broke down in tears, but Mel reportedly took the news well, saying: ‘It’s not my choice, but I love you and you’re my brother.’
But all of Andrew’s good work could soon unravel as new pictures of Mel have emerged, painting him in an unflattering light as he rants and staggers around.
The 55-year-old looked ready to topple over as his legs buckled outside of Malibu’s famed Greek restaurant Taverna Tony.
Mel currently has a restraining order to stay away from ex-partner Oksana Grigorieva following a domestic violence dispute and also has an impending divorce from his wife of 28 years, Robyn.
from The Daily Mail