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Mel Gibson Hopes Wave of Sexual Misconduct Scandals is a ‘Precursor to Change’

November 23, 2017 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

Mel Gibson says he hopes that the ongoing wave of sexual harassment misconduct scandals cause change in the world. Gibson spoke with The Guardian and said that the rush of allegations agains the likes of Harvey Weinstein and Al Franken have been “painful” but will lead to change in the business.

Gibson said, “Things got shaken up a little bit and there is a lot of light being thrown into places where there were shadows and that is kind of healthy. It’s painful, but I think pain is a precursor to change.”

The actor himself has been no stranger to controversy regarding misogynistic behavior. He pled no contest to a charge of misdemeanor domestic battery against his ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, who is the mother of his daughter Lucia. He was caught in an audio recording allegedly threatening to kill Grigorieva and using racist language. He also infamously went off on an anti-Semetic rant against a police officer in California who pulled him over for drunk driving.

Following those incidents, Gibson went away from the public eye for several years but began appearing out more and more after his film Hacksaw Ridge was released and earned six Oscar nominations.

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