Late last night and early this morning the internet was alive with the news that Mel Gibson had beaten some pap guy up who had tried to take his picture inside Playhouse last night. I mean there was Mel with his pregnant girlfriend inside a nightclub possibly enjoying a beverage or two and a pap is there trying to get a picture and being told no by security three times before Mel finally beats the crap out of him.
Five minutes later he presents himself to a cop and claims Mel attacked him and ripped his shirt and he wants to file charges. That is what everyone read about this morning, but at least the part about Mel attacking the guy isn't even true.
Nope. The guy made it up. Oh he is a pap and he was told no three times. At that point though he was asked to leave and that was it. According to TMZ the police are not even going to talk to Mel about the incident. Now I dislike Mel Gibson as much as the rest of you but I also believe that this kind of setup job is awful and I hope the guy gets charged with making a false police report. Martha Stewart went to jail for a year for lying to the FBI so this guy should at least have to spend a night in jail.
The thing is no one will remember that Mel didn't do anything wrong this time. They will just remember that he beat up some guy in a club. To summon up the sympathy factor try and imagine if someone did this to Jason Bateman. It is hard to feel anything for Mel, but I only trash someone when they deserve it and he doesn't for this.