Gibson denies swearing at reporter
Mel Gibson has denied swearing at television reporter during an interview, saying the remark was directed at his publicist.
The Edge Of Darkness star appeared to lose his temper with entertainment reporter Dean Richards on Chicago-based station WGN during an interview via video link-up, calling him an "a**hole".
But in a text message to KTLA News presenter Sam Rubin, Mel claimed the remark was directed at his publicist, Alan Nierob, who he says was making faces at him off-camera.
Mel, 54, was asked by Dean if the ups and downs he has experienced over the past few years had made him a better person. was a better person.
The Braveheart star replied: "It's a real rollercoaster ride. You know I think I'm the same person I always was except for ... time teaches and you learn as you go."
The reporter then asked Mel if he thought the public would perceive him any differently, and referred to the star's drinking problems and his anti-Semitic rant.
Mel said: "That's almost four years ago dude - I've moved on. I guess you haven't. I've done all the necessary mea culpas, um, let's move on dude, come on."
The reporter brought the interview to an end by announcing the release date of The Edge Of Darkness - and telling the actor it was good to see him back doing what he does best.
Mel, who was still on camera, angrily slurped a cup of coffee, before saying: "Bye, bye a**hole."
But in his text message Mel wrote: "Neirob was pulling faces at me during the interview. I was calling him an asshole after the interview was over, or so I thought."