Yet Another Mel Gibson Audio Rant Released
Screams at Joe Eszterhas in latest recording
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 19, 2012 10:53 AM CDT
Mel Gibson arrives at the Cinema For Peace event benefitting J/P Haitian Relief Organization in Los Angeles held at Montage Hotel on January 14, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Continuing his tendency to get caught on tape sounding like a crazy person, Mel Gibson is heard in newly released audio ranting at screenwriter Joe Eszterhas. Eszterhas gave the recording to The Wrap, one week after coming out swinging against Gibson, with whom he almost collaborated on a film about Judah Maccabee. The tape doesn't include any of Eszterhas' more serious claims about Gibson—like that he hates Jews and was glad when John Lennon got shot—but it does include a scary-sounding Gibson screaming, "Why don't I have a first draft of The Maccabees?" and using the F-word quite a bit.

Eszterhas tells The Wrap he released the tape in order to show that Gibson "badly needs help," but apparently Gibson didn't take it so well. TMZ reports the actor may sue, because—sources say—he believes "basic human right[s]" should prevent him from being secretly taped in his home. Eszterhas' 15-year-old son reportedly made the 2.5-minute recording in December while they were all at Gibson's Costa Rica house. Listen to the rant in full at The Wrap.