Screenwriter Joe Eszterhas, whose letter to Mel Gibson accusing the actor-director of anti-Semitic statements and violent fantasies became public Wednesday, fired back on "Today" Friday morning over Gibson calling the claims "fabrications."
"I'm not going to stand for people calling me a liar," Eszterhas told Ann Curry via satellite from his home in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. He said he had a videotape of a Gibson outburst, made sometime during the two years they collaborated on a film about the ancient Jewish hero Judah Maccabee. He also said his 15-year-old son Nick had made an iPod recording of an outburst in Costa Rica, where Eszterhas and his family were guests at Gibson's estate in December.
Responding when Curry asked whether this was a "he said/he said" situation, the "Flashdance" and "Basic Instinct" screenwriter said: "There are witnesses. There were other people in Costa Rica with us. My wife was there, the house manager was there. The situation in Costa Rica was so bad that the help said to their kids [to] get out of the house and hide because he was so out of control. My son Nick wound up swiping a butcher knife from the kitchen and sleeping with it, he was so frightened."