Jodie Foster isn’t throwing Mel Gibson under the bus


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Is Jodie Foster wandering into Whoopi Goldberg territory, putting her personal experiences with Mel Gibson ahead of the general rush to shun him?

‘When you love a friend, you don’t abandon them when they are struggling,’ Foster said in an interview to run in the October issue of More magazine. ‘Of course, Mel is an undeniably gifted actor and director, and ‘The Beaver’ is one of his most powerful and moving performances. But more importantly, he is and has been a true and loyal friend.

‘I hope I can help him get through this dark moment.’

Foster, of course, directed and costarred with Gibson in ‘The Beaver,’ a quirky film with a fate that’s gotten more uncertain in the wake of its star’s recorded rants at ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, with the attendant investigations into allegations of domestic violence (against him) and extortion (against her).


But that’s all recent history in the context of the Gibson-Foster friendship, which goes back to ...

... when they worked on the 1994 film ‘Maverick.’ ‘The second I met him,’ Foster told More, ‘I said, ‘I will love this man for the rest of my life.’ ‘

Whoopi took heat back in July when she came out on ‘The View’ in Gibson’s defense, saying that in her experience he was not a racist.

In other Mel-Oksana news, e-mails sent in March between the two were published by TMZ on Monday and Tuesday, including one (sent off a smart phone) that reads, ‘Please don’t torcher urself like that, please!!!! U dint do anything to be so hard on urself. U r amazing man and always will be in my eyes and I will make sure [their daughter] Lucy knows it.’

— Christie D’Zurilla

Related dispatches from the Ministry of Gossip:


Report: Like a good ex-boyfriend, Mel Gibson returns Oksana’s CDs (and her music rights) [poll]

Mel Gibson’s domestic violence case goes to prosecutors

PREACH IT! Are we the only ones who haven’t been interviewed about Mel Gibson?

Report: Oksana Grigorieva’s sister suspected of leaking Mel Gibson tapes [Updated]

Anti-Semitic death threat by Mel Gibson alleged, debunked almost simultaneously [Updated]

The sixth alleged Mel Gibson tape: ‘monster’ and child — while his attorney makes his case to the sheriff


For posts about the first, second, third, fourth and fifth tapes, click the appropriate links.