Add Mel Gibson‘s 78-year-old stepmother to the long list of people accusing the actor of verbal abuse. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Joye Hicks Gibson, wife of Gibson’s father, Hutton, filed a request for a temporary restraining order against the actor claiming she fears for her safety.
From documents filed by Joye, it appears Gibson and his stepmother have reportedly been in disagreement over Hutton Gibson‘s medical treatment for some time.
Last month, Gibson’s father, filed for divorce from Joye citing suspicions of elder abuse. Reportedly, Joye was holding out from giving the 93-year-old Hutton medications to accelerate his death under the belief that’s what he really wanted. Mel, on the other hand, has been insistent on his father taking his medications.
In the legal documents, posted by E! Online, Joye claims Mel had been using experimental Ozone treatments on Hutton, worsening his condition.
From the filing:
“I explained to Mel that I would like for him to consider some alternative forms of conventional treatments for Hutton. In response, Mel began yelling and saying “f— this and f— that” while levelling other extremely offensive language at me … I do recall that Mel threatened me and screamed at me on the phone …”
Joye also claims she was “completely baffled” by the divorce, insisting her “devout catholic” husband was tricked by Mel and/or possibly his sister Maura Dunne into filing “while he was in a weakened physical or mental state.”
“I fear that Mel and his sister have manipulated Hutton after I left for Houston to visit with friends and attend my grandson’s graduation to file for divorce against his free will, and without his reasoned consent.”
The papers also list in detail acts of abuse sustained by Joye from October 2011 up until May of this year:
– Mel’s “unlawful attempts to force Joye to move out of the marital residence she has shared with Hutton since 2007.”
– An incident on January 1, 2012 where Mel looked “wild and began yelling” at Joye while Hutton was admitted in the hospital.
According to the documents, Mel’s “violent tirades” have left Joye “petrified and in fear that he was going to cause her serious bodily injury.”
In the restraining order, she asks Gibson stay 100 yards away from her and “that Mel not block or interfere with my attempts to communicate with my husband.”
She also requested Gibson go to a 52-week batterer intervention program after suggesting he has serious anger management problem, or maybe even a bipolar illness.
A hearing has been scheduled for next month.
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