Mel Gibson talks Hollywood sexual misconduct scandals: “I think pain is a precursor to change”

"You don’t have to be in Hollywood to experience that kind of harassment," actor says

Mel Gibson has spoken about the wave of sexual misconduct allegations in Hollywood, arguing that although it is “painful”, the scandals will lead to “change” in the movie industry.

Gibson was promoting his latest film, Daddy’s Home 2, when he recently said: “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. It’s painful, but I think pain is a precursor to change.”

“Your heart goes out to the victims, of course,” Gibson said in a separate interview with Ireland’s RTE. “And I’m glad that they spoke up. And I think it’s unfortunate that they have to relive the whole thing to heal themselves. And the rest of us are subjected to the problem. And I think we really need to look at it.”

“But it’s not just Hollywood. You don’t have to be in Hollywood to experience that kind of harassment,” he added. Watch in the clip below.

Gibson himself remains a controversial figure in Hollywood after being accused of racist and misogynistic behaviour in the past.

In 2006, the actor accused Jews of being responsible for “all the wars in the world” after being pulled over for drunk driving. In 2010, he was accused of using racist language and threatening to beat his former girlfriend and mother of his child, Oksana Grigorieva, in tapes submitted to court. In 2011, Gibson pleaded no contest to a misdemeanour battery charge against Grigorieva.

Last year, Gibson addressed his 2006 remarks about Jewish people, claiming that he has “never discriminated against anyone”.

He told Variety: “It was an unfortunate incident. I was loaded and angry and arrested. I was recorded illegally by an unscrupulous police officer who was never prosecuted for that crime. And then it was made public by him for profit, and by members of – we’ll call it the press. So, not fair. I guess as who I am, I’m not allowed to have a nervous breakdown, ever.”

This year, Gibson was nominated for Best Director at the Oscars for his film Hacksaw Ridge. That movie won Academy Awards for Best Sound Mixing and Best Film Editing.