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Mel Gibson Breaks Silence: I'm Not A Racist — My Ugly Rants Were 'One Terribly Awful Moment'

Fri, April 22, 2011 10:54am EDT by 1 Comment

In his first interview since tapes of his raging anger toward the mother of his infant girl surfaced, Mel tells he regrets his outburst — but it ‘doesn’t represent what I truly believe.’

Mel Gibson is sorry — now! The infamous tapes of his sexist, racist and threatening rants at Oksana Grigorieva, the mother of his baby daughter Lucia, caught him at his worst, he tells our sister site!

“It’s one terribly awful moment in time, said to one person in the span of one day, and doesn’t represent what I truly believe or how I’ve treated people my entire life,” Mel says.

The recordings included threats on Oksasna’s life, and Mel admits he was angry at himself for what he’d said — and shocked when his rants ended up online: “Who anticipates being recorded? Who anticipates that?” Mel says. “Who could anticipate such a personal betrayal?”

When asked him how people are supposed to feel about the slurs he flung at Oksana, Mel defends him self by saying, “I’ve never treated anyone badly or in a discriminatory way based on their gender, race, religion or sexuality — period. I don’t blame some people for thinking that though, from the garbage they heard on those leaked tapes, which have been edited. You have to put it all in the proper context of being in an irrationally, heated discussion at the height of a breakdown, trying to get out of a really unhealthy relationship.”

He says he accepts that the scandal may mean the public no longer wants to see him on the screen, “I could easily not act again. It’s not a problem.” But Mel, who will appear in the Jodie Foster-directed The Beaver, which opens May 6, has already lined up his next project — not a lead role — in a  “swashbuckler” flick.

He thanks pals like Whoopi Goldberg who spoke out to support him in the face of widespread criticism that made him a late-night TV laughingstock. And he says her understands why other Hollywood friends didn’t publicly step up: “Why would anyone speak publicly and drag themselves through this crap?”

Cast members of the upcoming Hangover II objected to his planned cameo — even though they had worked with Mike Tyson, a convicted rapist, in the first movie.  But Mel says, “You have to let that go…You just move on and go OK, I’m not greatly offended by it.”

What do you think HollwyoodLifers? Is it time to forgive Mel? Or should he just go away for good?