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Mel Gibson celebrates another birthday today. The oft-troubled actor is 57.

The movie legend has experienced quite a free fall in the last 5-6 years.

Hopefully, 2013 is a better, happier, quieter 12-month period for ol' Mel.

Good Old Mel

To say his image has taken a hit is putting it mildly. But images can be rehabilitated with effort and sincerity - and simple, relative calm. No news is often good news.

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Mel Gibson has a new girlfriend named Ashley Cusato, according to reports.

The new woman in Mel's life is an actress and stuntwoman who's been featured as a stunt double for big stars like Bones' Emily Deschanel and Denise Richards.

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She's also a brown belt in Yoshukai karate and a former NCAA D-I swimmer!

The two have been dating for about a month, and things are going very well.

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Mel Gibson has a new gal pal. Her name is Nadia Lanfranconi.

She was seen with Mel at The Grove in L.A. this past weekend, among other places in the recent past. Nadia is - get this - a foreign, aspiring musician. That formula worked out extraordinarily well for Mel last time (cough, Oksana Grigorieva).

Lanfranconi moved to the U.S. from Italy back in 2007. 

Mel Gibson With Chicks

This pic has nothing to do with the article, but it's hilarious.

Sources say Mel and Nadia are not in a serious relationship despite spending a lot of time together recently, including a sushi dinner earlier this month.

In addition to singing, Lanfranconi also does modeling, including for a brand called "F Me" jeans last year ... sounds like one classy line of pants there.

Mel probably likes that, though. Guy drops f-bombs like no other.

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Since 2006, Mel Gibson has courted controversy at every turn.

There was his infamous DUI arrest and anti-Semitic tirade, the abuse allegations and rants against Oksana Grigorieva, and even a recent feud with Joe Eszterhas.

In a remarkably candid new interview with ComingSoon (dot) net, Mel opened up about his films and troubled past ... not that he considers it all that troubled.

Asked whether Hollywood was a forgiving town, he said:

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“No it’s not. They have to forget. I don’t think they’re vindictive. I don’t think they think there’s reason to forgive. And forgive what to begin with? What are they asking for?"

"It’s almost like 'can you please forgive me' for what? What did I do, really? It is kind of ridiculous. So it’s kind of hard to pinpoint exactly what needs to be forgiven ... I don’t consider that anything does because I didn’t hurt anyone."

"But you know, hey that’s life. It ain’t easy and it’s not fair. You’ve just got to slip the old water off the back and move on.”

The Mel Gibson rants were not addressed specifically in the interview, but when asked about his ill-fated film The Maccabees, he unloaded on Eszterhas.

The screenwriter Gibson a letter that concluded, “you hate Jews” before bowing out of the project; he also leaked an iPhone recording of Mel.

Mel, almost unprompted, shared his version of events:

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Mel Gibson's own stepmother, Teddy Joye Hicks Gibson, says the actor spit in her face, threatened her and sabotaged her marriage, according to reports.

Joye, who married Mel's father Hutton Gibson in 2001, has formally filed for a restraining order against Mel in court, claiming she fears for her safety.

Joye claims Mel and his sister Maura despise her because she doesn't approve of all the medical treatments they've been pressuring Hutton to undergo.

Hutton Gibson, 93, has a host of serious health problems.

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Teddy Joye Hicks Gibson claims that, among other things ...

  • "Mel began yelling and saying, 'f*ck this, f*ck that' while leveling other extremely offensive language at me" because she does not approve of "experimental Ozone treatments" Hutton was undergoing. (10/11)
  • Mel warned her "not to f*ck with [Hutton's] treatments in any way." (10/11)
  • Visiting Hutton in the hospital, she said something that pissed Mel off and he "began yelling at me in a very loud and terrifying voice." (1/12)
  • After she refused his cooking on a trip to seek stem cell treatment for Hutton, "Mel looked at me in disgust and said that I was insulting him by not eating. He then threatened that if I did not eat he would have me put outside." (3/12)
  • During a family meeting to discuss Hutton's health care, "Mel became incensed and began acting like a wild man ... He was so close that I could feel his spit hitting my face. [Mel's eyes] looked as if they were bulging out of his head." (5/12)

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Mel Gibson's dad, Hutton Gibson, cited irreconcilable differences in filing for divorce from Teddy Joye Gibson, but there could be something more sinister at work.

Hutton, who is 93 and suffering from a host of health problems, believes his wife has been abusing him, and Mel has jumped to his dad's aid, according to reports.

Mel and his family have been tending to the patriarch, but Teddy Joye (who is in her 70's) says they are prolonging his suffering and wants them to back off.

No Contest

She wants to discontinue all medicines to accelerate his death, because she believes that's what Hutton wants. Mel wants Joye out of his dad's house - STAT.

The actor is trying to make sure his dad gets his medication, and feels Joye is guilty of elder abuse by her conduct. He's reportedly willing to go to court over it.

The animosity between Mel's family and Joye is intense, and Hutton personally filed for divorce and even signed the divorce documents in shaky handwriting.

Hutton had no kids with Teddy, whom he married in 2002, but had 11 kids with his first wife, Anne, who is deceased. He has more than 50 grandchildren.

The 93-year-old Hutton is asking for spousal support ... and attorney's fees.

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Mel Gibson appeared on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno last night and surprisingly, he willingly brought up his most recent secretly recorded meltdown.

He joked about it repeatedly, no less.

The now-infamous Mel Gibson rant, in which he RAGED at Joe Eszterhas (and was taped in his own home, unwittingly, by Eszterhas' son), was over the top, he conceded. Still, Mel believes his privacy was violated and his actions were "justified." Why?

Eszterhas' script for The Maccabees was non-existent, then awful, Mel said, proceeding to slam the screenwriter for selling him out hardcore in a nine-page letter released online - before he leaked the audiotape.

"If he put half as much time and effort and creativity and imagination into a screenplay, which he was supposed to write, as he did into that letter, we wouldn't be having this conversation," Gibson said of Joe Eszterhas.

As for the rant itself, Leno asked, "So what were you doing, just swearing at the guy?"

"Yeah, pretty much," Mel deadpanned, before adding self-deprecatingly, "Maybe you don't know this about me, but I've got a little bit of a temper."

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Mel Gibson is considering suing screenwriter Joe Eszterhas for secretly recording him at his home in Costa Rica, then releasing the audio, according to TMZ.

The actor believes he has a "basic human right" NOT to be secretly recorded in his own home, which is a fair argument ... but did Eszterhas break the law?

Certain U.S. states don't permit a person to be recorded without their knowledge, at least as it pertains to evidence in a criminal case. But this is different.

The latest Mel Gibson rant doesn't implicate him in anything illegal, so he's looking to build a case, potentially, around Eszterhas' infringement of his privacy.

Gibson's attorneys are looking into the laws of Costa Rica to determine if recording laws were violated and, even if they weren't, if Mel's right to privacy was.

Mel absolutely explodes in the recording (above) about Eszterhas' lack of progress with The Maccabees script, yelling "What the f**k have you been doing!?"

Gibson also unloads on Oksana Grigorieva - the target, and source, of his infamous 2010 tapes - calling her a "F**king c**t" and a "c**ksucking whore."

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Mel Gibson was secretly recorded ranting against Joe Eszterhas over the latter's draft of their ill-fated film project The Maccabees, and the audio has leaked online.

Screenwriter Eszterhas, who recently alleged in a nine-page letter that Mel Gibson hates Jews and wants to stab Oksana Grigorieva, says his son taped Mel.

Eszterhas' family was in Costa Rica at Mel's house in December. He was tasked with writing a draft of The Maccabees, which didn't go over well with Gibson.

That's putting it mildly:

Eszterhas' 15-year-old son, Nick, recorded the Oscar winner with his iPhone, and he was "adamant" his dad release it to the media. So he did, to The Wrap.

"Why don't I have a first draft of The Maccabees? What the f--k have you been doing?" Gibson can be heard yelling in the two-and-a-half-minute tape.

Gibson also can be heard yelling, presumably referencing Oksana, that "I am earning money for a filthy little c--ksucker who takes advantage of me!"

It's worth noting that while he scarily rants like a bona fide crazy person, the most inflammatory comments Mel is accused of making do not appear.

It's unclear if there are additional audio recordings.

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Screenwriter Joe Eszterhas, who was collaborating with Mel Gibson on his ill-fated film The Maccabees before claiming in a letter Mel Gibson hates Jews, says he's got proof that he witnessed the latest rage-filled rants from the troubled star.Mel Gibson Smirks

His teenage son secretly recorded much of it, Eszterhas says.

"A lot of the stuff is on tape," he tells TMZ. What stuff?

Mel and Joe

He says the recordings were made in Costa Rica by his son Nick, though he would not say if the following alleged comments by Mel were captured:

  • "I want to f**k her in the ass and stab her while I'm doing it." - on his ex-girlfriend and former hate-filled rant target Oksana Grigorieva
  • "He's a c**t Jewboy." - on William Morris/Endeavor Chairman Ari Emanuel
  • "I'm glad he's dead. He deserved to be shot." - on John Lennon

In the letter to Mel written after The Maccabees fell apart, Joe wrote that his son recorded Me on his iPhone, but did not say how much, other than "a lot."

Joe also says people who allegedly witnessed Mel's rants are willing to come forward. As for The Maccabees script that Warner Bros. rejected, Joe said: "I'm heartbroken. I put my heart and soul into a script for someone who hates Jews. He needs help. Badly."

Mel Gibson Biography

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