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'Mel's been through hell'

The Mel Gibson news machine has fallen silent of late, which must be a huge relief to the beleaguered star, who is currently facing the possibility of a 4-year jail sentence after attacking his former girlfriend. But the old machine has cranked up again, following some strange comments in defence of the star by his friends. One such pal claims that Mel had a 'death wish' when he shouted anti-Semitic comments to cops in 2005. Apparently the remarks weren't racist, but were prompted by the break-down of his marriage. An interesting excuse...

Mel's friend told The Sun,'He felt he'd absolutely failed as a human being. I don't think this was being anti-Semitic. I think he was trying to rile that guy into shooting him' Danny Glover also told Vanity Fair magazine, 'He is not the way he has been characterised.'

Nice try guys, but we're not sure that this is quite the PR rehabilitation that Gibson desperately needs...

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