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Mel Gibson Celebrates 10 Years of Sobriety!

One more Hollywood ‘bad boy’ has rescinded his old ways.

Mel Gibson is a phenomenal actor, gifting us such great movies as ‘Braveheart’, the ‘Lethal Weapon’ series, ‘The Patriot’, and ‘Mad Max.’ Unfortunately his reputation for extreme antics and insensitivity has left his career in shambles.

In 2006 Mel was involved in a drunk driving incident resulting in his arrest. Tapes of his spewing anti-Semitic comments were released, greatly impacting the public’s opinion of him. Four years later in 2010, Gibson’s ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva claimed he punched her and knocked out her teeth. While Gibson admitted in court to striking her with an open hand, he claimed it was in defense of their then one year old baby, Lucia. Grigorieva then released tapes of more audio with Mel spewing racial slurs and derogatory comments at her.

“Mel Gibson at Cannes” by Georges Biard. Licensed under CC by 3.0.

Grigorieva later lost a majority of the $14 million settlement she was awarded because she spoke out about the case on the Howard Stern Show.

Reflecting on that incident now, Mel Gibson calls it the worst moments of his life:

“Imagine the worst moment you have ever had being recorded and broadcast to the world, and it wasn’t meant to be public. You didn’t stand on a soapbox and do it, but that’s what happens.”

Now with a decade of sobriety under his belt, Mel is looking to redeem himself- but the media is hardly helping his case.

“It is disheartening when you’ve been 10 years dry, on the wagon- sober- and you have to read every year or so that you’re loaded. That’s disappointing because it’s like a public notice that you’re loaded, but you’re not. It’s disingenuous reportage.”

Regarding how he’s achieved his ongoing sobriety, Mel did what many of us have done: he committed to the 12 step program of Alcoholics Anonymous. Now 60 years old, the actor and director leads a much quieter life than in his earlier years, recently returning to a seat behind the camera as the director of ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ while preparing to become a father to his 9th child.

Featured Image: “Mel Gibson” by drcliffordchoi. Licensed under CC by 2.0.

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