In a new interview with Deadline Hollywood, Mel Gibson has finally broken his silence over the infamous tapes of him berating Oksana Grigorieva last year.
While shrugging off criticism, he takes responsibility for his behavior.
Of the Mel Gibson tapes, the troubled actor says this: "It's one terribly awful moment in time, said to one person in the span of one day, and doesn't represent what I truly believe or how I've treated people my entire life."
Mel also stresses to Deadline that "I've never treated anyone badly or in a discriminatory way based on their gender, race, religion or sexuality."
While he says the tapes "have been edited," he doesn't blame people who think he's a bigot "from the garbage they heard on those leaked tapes."
He emphasizes the context of an "irrationally, heated discussion at the height of a breakdown, trying to get out of a really unhealthy relationship."