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Mel Gibson is honest: Jodie Foster

The Silence of the Lambs star says that although her friend Gibson is not anti-Semite, alcoholism has been his lifelong struggle.

india Updated: Aug 07, 2006 13:48 IST

Silence of the Lambs star, Jodie Foster, has come to the defence of her troubled Maverick co-star and friend Mel Gibson saying that he is no anti-Semite.

"Absolutely not, Mel is honest, loyal, kind, but alcoholism has been a lifelong struggle for him and his family," Eonline! quoted Foster as telling Los Angeles Times.

"I do not have personal experience with addiction, but I have seen it take many paths in people I know,"  Foster added.                                                    

Gibson was charged with misdemeanour drunken driving on August 2, five days after he was stopped on Malibu's Pacific Coast Highway for speeding and unleashed an anti-Semitic tirade that has tainted his public image.

The Australian-born actor has since apologised for his remarks and called for Jewish community groups, who are furious with him, to help him save his good name.