Entertainment behind the scenes
Celebrity news website Radaronline.com on Friday dropped its latest bomb on Mel Gibson when it published a picture of a chip-toothed Oksana Grigorieva, who claims Gibson is responsible for her damaged front teeth. The two are locked in a bitter legal battle revolving around the custody of their daughter, and in the past week Radar has been publishing audio tapes of Gibson ranting at Grigorieva.
While the tapes sound like Gibson, there has been no formal confirmation it is him, and we can’t vouch for the authenticity of the photo, either. But they are all up on the Radar site, if you want to see. And whether authentic or not, they’ve helped turn up the heat on Mel.
But we received picture of a different Mel, and he has been getting a lot of attention in recent days, too. It seems this other Mel is a monkey — or rather a gibbon, which is a member of the family of apes — but his name is close to the famous “Braveheart” actor. They call him Mel Gibbons at the Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange, New Jersey, where he is kept — for now (we’ll get back to that in a minute). Zoo director Dr. Jeremy Goodman said Mel (that’s him in the photos) gets a lot of attention at the zoo for his nearly famous name and for his personality. “He’s been one of the most popular animals at the zoo. He definitely shows off and is definitely an entertainer. But he’s never gone on a rant or rave, fortunately. He’s a good boy,” Goodman said.
Alas, Turtle Back will soon be losing Mel Gibbons. Goodman said he will soon be relocated to a new zoo, in Texas, at the recommendation of the American Association of Zoos. It seems it’s time for Mel to find a mate, and so, the staff at Turtle Back is preparing to ship him off to live with a female gibbon.
We heard the tapes, too. And they are not good. Mel Gibson (if, in fact, the voice on the tapes is his, and it sounds a lot like him) comes across angry, irrational, foul-mouthed and exhausted from ranting at his former girlfriend and the mother of his infant daughter.
If you don’t know what we’re talking about, in the past few months, the “Braveheart” Oscar winner has been caught up in a pitched legal battle over the failed relationship with his ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, and has filed a restraining order against the other. But in the past two weeks, the publishing of audiotapes by celebrity website Radaronline.com has raised the stakes in the legal skirmishing and threatened to hurt Gibson’s career — maybe even ruin it. On the tapes, a voice said to be Gibson hurls expletives and racial slurs at a woman who is purportedly Grigorieva. You can read about the first tape with the racial slur here. A second tape was posted by Radaronline.com on Monday.
Mel Gibson just released his latest movie. Well, actually, it’s a music video he directed for his pregnant 39-year-old girlfriend, Russian singer/pianist Oksana Grigorieva.
“Say My Name” is the first video from her upcoming debut album, “Beautiful Heartache,” which will be released through Gibson’s Icon Records label. The clip can be downloaded from her Web site, along with a new track “Flying Upside Down.”