11 April 2012 4:39 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Update: Reports of a nasty memo from Joe Eszterhas to Mel Gibson have surfaced, one filled with a summary of salacious and anti-Semitic statements that Eszterhas alleges Gibson uttered while they worked on the Maccabee script together. Deadline is not going to repeat the verbiage, because Eszterhas’ account doesn’t pass our sniff test. Here’s one reason why: If Eszterhas really heard all the hateful things he says Gibson told him, then why didn’t the brash Hungarian quit the project instead of tolerating the slurs? And then only speak out after his script gets rejected by Warner Bros? Gibson has made no immediate comment. Related:Mel Gibson Responds To Joe Eszterhas: Exclusive Earlier, 2:23 Pm: I’ve confirmed reports that Warner Bros isn’t crazy about the script received from Joe Eszterhas telling the heroic story of Jewish warrior Judah Maccabee. This is the project that Mel Gibson »


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