Screenwriter Joe Eszterhas, who just this week accused Mel Gibson of dropping a film project due to anti-Semitism, has now taken the feud to TV and shared a frightening story about Gibson.
Eszterhas, whose films include Flashdance and Basic Instinct, appeared on the Today show and confessed that his bitter fight with the Braveheart star began after an inappropriate conversation between Gibson and Eszterhas’ teenage son.
He said, “The most egregious episode that happened had to do with my 15-year-old son Nick, who was with us in Costa Rica as Mel’s guest. And Mel shared with him a pornographic scenario, that I can only call sexual butchery, that he fantasized in terms of (ex-girlfriend) Oksana (Grigorieva).
“To put this kind of imagery into a 15 year old’s head, I think is heinous. I think it’s vile and I think it’s unforgivable… I didn’t have anything to do with Mel personally since that incident… And I never saw him, or spoke to him after that.”
And the screenwriter admits he has tangible proof of Gibson’s violent, inappropriate behavior.”
He continued the disturbing Mel Gibson story, saying, “I have a tape that my 15-year-old son made in the middle of a violent charade in Costa Rica… where he said the vilest and most threatening things. Nick got his iPod (to tape it) because he was frightened about what was going to happen.
“There were also witnesses. My wife was there, the house manager was there. The situation in Costa Rica was so bad, that the help said, ‘If there are kids, get out of the house and hide,’ – because he was so out of control. My son Nick wound (sic) up snatching a butcher knife from the kitchen and sleeping with it under his pillow because he was so frightened.”
But Eszterhas isn’t sure if he’s going to release the video footage of Mel Gibson, adding, “I don’t know what I’m going to do with the videotape… I don’t like to be called a liar… that’s why I’m here.”