Joe Eszterhas Death Threats
Published: June 8, 2012
Joe Eszterhas Death Threats, Screenwriter Joe Eszterhas has received death threats over his ongoing row with Mel Gibson, the Wrap reports.Eszterhas, the writer of Basic Instinct, has been at the centre of a high-profile dispute with the actor and film-maker over a proposed historical biopic about a famous 2nd century BC Jewish revolt. He claims supporters of Gibson have since subjected him to a torrent of racially themed slurs both directly and indirectly through internet forums and social network postings.
“Many of Mel Gibson’s supporters in chatrooms and on websites have posted antisemitic comments. I’ve received hate mail and death threats. I’ve had to ask our local police department to pay special attention to my family’s safety,” Eszterhas told the Wrap in a statement. “I call upon my fellow Catholic, Mel Gibson, to disavow himself from supporters who are anti-Semites.”
Eszterhas also said he hoped Gibson would renounce his own alleged attitudes. In April the Hollywood screenwriter accused his one-time collaborator of sabotaging a planned film about the Jewish hero Judah Maccabee for racist reasons in an explosive open letter. “I call upon him to apologise for his own antisemitic remarks,” the screenwriter said in his latest statement. “I call upon him as a worldwide public figure to condemn antisemitism and the hatred and historical persecution of Jews.”
Gibson has denied suggestions that he blocked The Maccabees, which studio Warner Bros made the decision to shelve earlier this year, citing issues with Eszterhas’s screenplay. He has, however, publicly apologised for a drunken rant at his Costa Rica home in the presence of the writer’s family which was recorded and later made available online. Gibson appeared on the Jay Leno show in the US earlier this year in an apparent attempt to shrug off the incident. “Maybe you didn’t know this about me, I’ve got a little bit of a temper,” he told the talk show host in April. (The Guardian)
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