Thursday gossip round up: Mel Gibson threatened to have his ex-girlfriend killed

Oksana Grigorieva and actor Mel Gibson in happier times.

Mel Gibson still has a lot of anger toward ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva — and has threatened to have her killed, according to a nine-page letter from screenwriter Joe Eszterhas to Gibson that was leaked to the Wrap. “‘I want that c— gone!’ you screamed,” Eszterhas recounts in the letter. “‘I’m going to get rid of her. No one will ever know! I’m not going to live this way the rest of my life! She’s poisoning [my daughter] against me! She is evil! They worship the devil where she came from. She’s going to disappear! Gone!’” Eszterhas also contends in the letter that the project they were collaborating on, “the Maccabees,” was scrapped because of Gibson’s anti-Semitism. “I’ve come to the conclusion that the reason you won’t make ‘The Maccabees’ is the ugliest possible one.  You hate Jews,” he writes. Gibson has responded with his own letter to Eszterhas, leaked to Deadline: “I will acknowledge like most creative people I am passionate and intense,” Gibson writes, but counters that “the decision not to proceed with you was based on the quality of your script, not on any other factor.”

Britney Spears
is reportedly close to a deal to join the U.S. version of “the X Factor” as a judge, according to Entertainment Weekly. Though the singer is said to have passed on a previous $10 million offer, negotiations have reportedly brought the price up to $15 million. Spears would join the televised singing competition in the fall, settling in next to fellow judges L.A. Reid and Simon Cowell, who is also an executive producer.

After separating from wife Jennifer Lopez last July, Marc Anthony has finally made it official by filing for divorce, citing “irreconcilable differences,” according to Hollyscoop. Anthony is reportedly seeking joint legal and physical custody of their 4-year-old twins, Max and Emma, and Anthony does not want to provide Lopez with any spousal support. The filing reportedly mandates that both parties pay their own legal fees as well.

Salma Hayek admits she was considering an end to her acting career after the birth of her daughter. “At the time, I was thinking, I can do another movie that may or may not work, or I can be with my child, nourish her, and not miss a moment of this precious time,” Hayek tells Marie Claire. “And if my career is going to end in two years, what’s the difference, anyway?”

Records from the 911 call on the night of Whitney Houston‘s death show that no one in the singer’s hotel suite actually called the emergency number, opting for Beverly Hilton security instead, according to CNN. “I need paramedics. Apparently I’ve got a 46-year-old female, found in the bathroom,” a hotel security official says on the call. “That’s all I’ve got right now, but they’re requesting paramedics.” When asked by the 911 operator if he’d been able to relay CPR instructions to the room’s caller, the security official say, “No, because she keeps hanging up on us. The person who called me was irate, and I couldn’t get much out of her.”

Jennifer Lawerence has developed quite a reputation as an on-screen squirrel-hunter, skewering and skinning a squirrel in both “the Hunger Games” and her breakout indie film, “Winter’s Bone.” And she reveals to Rolling Stone that in the earlier film, they used a real squirrel. “I should say it wasn’t real, for PETA. But screw PETA,” says Lawerence, who was nominated for an Oscar for the role. PETA, naturally, isn’t pleased with her: “She’s young, and the plight of animals somehow hasn’t yet touched her heart,” says PETA president Ingrid Newkirk. “As Henry David Thoreau said, ‘The squirrel you kill in jest, dies in earnest.’”



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