Mel Gibson vs. Joe Eszterhas
Known ranter Mel Gibson got into a verbal altercation with "Basic Instinct" screenwriter Joe Eszterhas this past spring while collaborating on "The Maccabees," a film about a Jewish warrior. The pair took swipes at each other on the Internet. Eszterhas told TheWrap.com that Gibson used slurs to refer to Jewish people and called the Holocaust "mostly a lot of horses***," and threatened to kill the mother of his young daughter, Oksana Grigorieva. Gibson told Deadline.com that Eszterhas' tardiness in producing a script, which he ultimately called "substandard" and a "significant waste of time," caused him to react "more strongly than I should have." He also published a letter denying Eszterhas' claims.
Gibson said he subsequently sent Eszterhas a written apology, "the colorful words of which you apparently now find offensive," he told Deadline.com. "Let me now clearly apologize to you and your family in the simplest of terms." Obviously not satisfied, Eszterhas published a 30,000-plus word eBook about their now-famous conflict in June.