Mel Gibson on Hollywood Sexual Misconduct: ‘It’s Painful, but I Think Pain Is a Precursor to Change’

“There is a lot of light being thrown into places where there were shadows”

Mel Gibson says that the light being cast on sexual misconduct in Hollywood is “kind of healthy,” but a lot of people don’t want to hear his opinions on the topic given his own track record with women.

Gibson is promoting his latest film, “Daddy’s Home 2,” in which he stars alongside Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg and John Lithgow.

“Things got shaken up a little bit and there is a lot of light being thrown into places where there were shadows and that is kind of healthy,” Gibson said of the sexual misconduct allegations in Hollywood over recent months, according to the Guardian. “It’s painful, but I think pain is a precursor to change.”

During an interview on an Irish late-night show over the weekend, Gibson said, “Your heart goes out to the victims.”

“And I think it’s unfortunate that they have to relive the whole thing in order to heal themselves,” he added.

In 2011, Gibson was charged with a misdemeanor battery against his former girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, to which he pled no contest. The year before, he had been accused of using racist language towards her and saying she deserved a beating in a rant that was allegedly caught on tape. And back in 2006, he went on a racist rant against a Jewish police officer when he was pulled over for drunk driving, and he was convicted for a DUI.

Peolple have expressed on Twitter anger toward even broaching the subject with Gibson.

“The last opinion I want in 2017 is from Mel Gibson,” one Twitter user said.

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