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Mel Gibson finally speaks up about leaked tapes

April 22, 2011 Jodie Foster, Mel Gibson, Mike Tyson, Whoopi Goldberg, Oksana Grigorieva, Robyn

Los Angeles, CA, United States (AHN Entertainment) - Mel Gibson is speaking up for the first time since the tapes of his volatile argument with Oksana Grigorieva surfaced. The "Lethal Weapon" star said what he said in a heated moment at one person doesn't define how he treats people in his entire life.

Speaking with Deadline's Allison Hope Weiner, Mel insisted he doesn't discriminate anyone. He was just recorded unwittingly during an intense argument, but it still doesn't define who he really is.

He said, "I've never treated anyone badly or in a discriminatory way based on their gender, race, religion or sexuality - period. I don't blame some people for thinking that though, from the garbage they heard on those leaked tapes, which have been edited."

"You have to put it all in the proper context of being in an irrationally, heated discussion at the height of a breakdown, trying to get out of a really unhealthy relationship. 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 acknowledged that it won't be easy to get into acting again because people had already judged him, but he doesn't care. An example was when he was called to do a cameo on "The Hangover II" but the cast and crew objected to his involvement so he was let go, even though they allowed convicted rapist Mike Tyson to be in the movie.

He said, "You have to let that go. I sat here and talked to [director] Todd [Phillips] about it. I like Todd… You just move on and go okay. I'm not greatly offended by it. It seemed like a good idea at the time and it went south."

When asked about his alleged $16 million deal with Oksana before the tapes were leaked, Mel refused to talk about it, citing pending investigations and court prohibitions. But even though he wasn't told by the judge to not to talk, he would still keep mum on the subject for the sake of his family.

He added that he plead no contest in the criminal case concerning Oksana, but he maintains his innocence, saying he just didn't want to drag his family into the mess.

As for his infamous DUI arrest in 2006, he admitted he and wife Robyn, whom he was married to since 1980, separated a day after the incident.

Mel, who stars in the upcoming dramedy "The Beaver," acknowledged his longtime friends Jodie Foster and Whoopi Goldberg for publicly siding with him through his dark days.

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