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 Iknow,"Fosteradded.

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.

First Published: Aug 07, 2006 09:00 IST