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.