Oscar-winning director Mel Gibson was embroiled in a fresh anti-Semitism row Thursday after he was accused of shelving a movie about a famous Jewish revolt because he “hates Jews.”
The allegations from Hollywood screenwriter Joe Eszterhas came after studio Warner Bros announced it was putting on hold The Maccabees, which Gibson had been penciled in to direct, because the film “lacked a sense of triumph.”
But Eszterhas, best known for writing the thrillers Jagged Edge, and Basic Instinct, let rip at Gibson in a nine-page letter which alleged the Braveheart star was pulling out because of his anti-Semitic views.
“I’ve come to the conclusion that the reason you won’t make ‘The Maccabees’ is the ugliest possible one. You hate Jews,” Eszterhas wrote in the letter, which was reproduced on the movie and entertainment website The Wrap.
Gibson, 56, whose reputation has plunged since he was caught on tape in July 2006 making an anti-Semitic rant at a US sheriff’s deputy who had arrested him for drunk-driving, denies the latest allegations.