Mel Gibson attended the Australian Israeli Film Festival this Sunday in Australia, and according to a local photographer, the actor allegedly shoved her, spat on her, and called her names when she attempted to photograph him.
The Australian reports that Gibson, 59, attended the festival with girlfriend Rosalind Ross, 24. At around 6:24 p.m., Daily Telegraph photographer Kristi Miller attempted to take a picture of the couple as they walked down Oxford Street, in Paddington, New South Wales. Gibson, however, was clearly not in the mood to be photographed. Miller claims that the Braveheart actor shoved her from behind and called her a c**** and a dog.
Gibson allegedly continued to insult Miller to the point that she had to call the police. The incident is now being investigated. A frightened Miller said that she was afraid the actor was going to punch her.
“I thought he was going to punch me in the face. He was spitting in my face as he was yelling at me, calling me a dog, saying I’m not even a human being, and I will go to hell. He swore and called me a ‘c**t.’ It was non stop, he didn’t even breathe.”
Ross finally stepped in and tried to calm her beau down while apologizing to Miller on his behalf. Miller stated that Gibson backed off when Ross pulled him away by the shoulders.
According to a spokesperson for Australia’s NSW Police Department, authorities were investigating a report that “a man became involved with an altercation with a photographer outside a cinema on Oxford St.”
This isn’t the first time Gibson has been in trouble for his angry outbursts. In an extremely public 2006 incident, Gibson was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in Malibu, California. While the police officer question him, Gibson began verbally bashing the cop, making anti-semitic comments and questioning his religion.
“F… ing Jews. The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world.”
Although Gibson apologized numerous times after the 2006 incident, his public outrage is still remembered by many people years later, despite Gibson’s attempts to convince people that he is not an anti-semite.
“There is no excuse, nor should there be any tolerance, for anyone who thinks or expresses any kind of anti-Semitic remark. Please know from my heart that I am not an anti-Semite. I am not a bigot. Hatred of any kind goes against my faith.”
Australian representatives for Mel Gibson refused to comment on the film festival incident. Gibson is currently in Australia for pre-production of an upcoming film he is directing, Hacksaw Ridge.
[Photos by Kevin Winter/Getty Images & the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office]