The audio was recorded by the 15-year-old son of screenwriter Joe Eszterhas while Eszterhas’ family were guests of Mel’s. He launches into a tirade ranging from why the writer had not delivered a first draft of The Maccabees script to how former girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva is taking advantage of him and questioning why God has robbed him of his good looks. He also hurled his cell phone into a wall.
Joe Eszterhas says his son convinced him to release the recording because, “Gibson called me a liar. And I also have some reason to believe he’s creating a PR blitz questioning my truthfulness.”
“The bottom line is it shows to me he (Mel) badly needs help. My interest isn’t to damage him with this tape but to prevent damage being done to others, starting with Jews, including Oksana and now, I’m sure, me. I strongly believe that unless he seeks and receives some kind of psychiatric help, someone is going to get hurt.”