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Originally posted 06/23/2011 06:45PM
When Stella Mouzi met Mel Gibson this spring through mutual friends, the pair hit it off. But not, Mouzi insists, in a romantic way.
Eager to set the record straight after tabloid reports declared her Gibson's new, young girlfriend when they were photographed together, Mouzi tells PEOPLE exclusively: "I came to the U.S. from Greece a few months ago and was charmed by the American hospitality. I made many new friends including Mel Gibson, with whom I share merely a friendly acquaintance."
Described unflatteringly in some reports as everything from a "Greek Gothic chick" to a fetish model, Mouzi clarifies: "I am a dancer, performance artist and a photographer – that is the extent of my professional life. It has been difficult to be the subject of false rumors, which have also been hurtful to my friends and family."
Originally posted 05/31/2011 06:30AM
Even lofty scribes like to have fun with celebrities.
Witness the casting suggestions by Ben Brantley, the chief drama critic of The New York Times – who, in his imagination at least, is offering some plum roles to stars whose reputations could use a little polishing.
Lady Gaga as Auntie Mame, anyone?
Not that Gaga needs the work. And, admittedly, Brantley finds her a bit too young to play everyone's favorite madcap relative. But what about parts for the under-employed Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen?
Originally posted 04/22/2011 08:45AM
He has nearly 50 movie and TV credits to his name, but Mel Gibson says he doesn't care if he's ever in front of a camera again.
"I could easily not act again. It's not a problem," the troubled actor-filmmaker, 55, tells Deadline Hollywood in his first major interview since a series of leaked audiotapes documenting his rants to ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva dominated summer headlines. Gibson adds that he's going to work again with Randy Wallace, who wrote the script for the 1995 Best Picture Oscar winner Braveheart.
While Gibson may seem willing to give up and not look back on his career, he expresses regret over what he said on the tapes, where he unleashed expletives on Grigorieva, 41. Among his statements to her: "How dare you act like such a b---- when I'm being so f------ nice."
Originally posted 03/17/2011 12:05PM
This isn't the kind of photo opportunity an actor welcomes.
Mel Gibson, 55, had his mugshot taken when he was booked as part of his misdemeanor battery case Wednesday evening in Los Angeles.
"Mr. Gibson was cooperative, he was photographed and fingerprinted at around 9:30 p.m. and was gone in about half an hour," Lt. Ray Garcia of the El Segundo, Calif., Police Department tells PEOPLE.
Gibson pleaded no contest on March 11 to allegedly hitting his ex girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva and was sentenced to three years probation and counseling.
Originally posted 03/17/2011 09:05AM
Jodie Foster, who has stood by Mel Gibson throughout the very public trials of his private life, hopes audiences reconnect with the actor in his next film – which she directed and also stars in.
"At this particular place, the most beautiful part of Mel, I think, is onscreen," Foster, 48, told PEOPLE at Wednesday's premiere of The Beaver at the South By Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas. "People will see the movie, and they'll see what an incredibly deep and committed performance he gives, and hopefully they'll have some insight into who Mel is as a human being."
Films may be fiction, Foster says, but they can reveal truths about the actors who work on them.
Originally posted 03/14/2011 03:15PM
Mel Gibson has a reason to smile.
Following Friday's conclusion to a long-running court battle with ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, the Beaver actor spent the weekend celebrating the birth of his third grandchild.
"He was overwhelmed with emotion," a pal of Gibson, 55, tells PEOPLE of his daughter Hannah's baby boy. "He gets that way around babies. ... He was overjoyed."
Originally posted 03/11/2011 05:35PM
Mel Gibson was sentenced Friday in a Los Angeles courtroom to three years probation, a year-long domestic violence counseling program, community service and various fines in his battery case involving his ex-girlfriend.
A calm-looking Gibson, 55, wearing a navy blue suit, pleaded no contest to one misdemeanor count of domestic violence allegedly committed against Oksana Grigorieva in January 2010. Gibson made no statements other than to acknowledge his plea to the judge and to say that he understood the proceedings.
It was also revealed in court that Gibson is undergoing psychological counseling as part of his plea deal reached with prosecutors. He was also served with a protective order not to "threaten or harass anyone involved in the case."
By pleading no contest, Gibson "may maintain his innocence and does so now," his attorney Blair Berk told Judge Stephanie Sautner. "He's entering his plea because it's in the best interest of his children."
Originally posted 03/09/2011 12:45PM
To avoid a messy battle in court, Mel Gibson has reached a plea deal with Los Angeles prosecutors in his domestic violence case, a source confirms to PEOPLE.
Gibson will plead no contest in court Friday to a charge of misdemeanor battery of his ex-girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva, and will face no jail time, the source confirms. He'll likely be ordered to complete some form of counseling and serve probation as well.
"I know from almost 20 years as a criminal defense lawyer that sometimes justice can come for a client at too high a personal price," Gibson's lawyer Blair Berk said in a statement Wednesday. "That is particularly so for Mel, whose right to due process can only be exercised in this case with an enormous media circus attached. Mel's priority throughout all of this has been that the best interests of his young daughter Lucia and the rest of his children be put first in any decisions made. It is with only that in mind that he asked me to approach the District Attorney with a proposal that would bring all of this to an immediate end."
Originally posted 12/16/2010 11:10AM
Winona Ryder wasn't surprised by Mel Gibson's profanity-laced, racially derogatory tirades caught on tape earlier this year. In fact, she claims the actor made offensive remarks to her many years ago.
"Fifteen years ago, I was at one of those big Hollywood parties. And he was really drunk," Ryder, 39, tells GQ. "I was with my friend, who's gay. [Gibson] made a really horrible gay joke."
And he didn't stop there, the Black Swan actress says. "Somehow it came up that I was Jewish," Ryder says. "He said something about 'oven dodgers,' but I didn't get it. I'd never heard that before. It was just this weird, weird moment."
Originally posted 12/07/2010 10:00AM
You wouldn't know she's been at the center of a bitter feud between her parents. On Sunday, Lucia Gibson was just a happy little girl at church with Daddy.
Lucia, the 13-month-old daughter of Mel Gibson and Oksana Grigorieva, was photographed with her doting father after attending church services in Malibu, TMZ.com reports.
She looked cute as a button in a white sweater and with short dark hair and a big happy smile.
Her happiness is definitely shared by dad, too, says a friend: "Mel has so much fun when he is with Lucia. All he wants is as much time with his daughter as possible."
– Tim Nudd and Elizabeth Leonard
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