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10 Celebrity Meltdowns


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Mel Gibson
March 11, 2011, Gibson entered a plea of no contest to a charge of misdemeanor battery against ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva and was placed on probation.
March 11, 2011, Gibson entered a plea of no contest to a charge of misdemeanor battery against ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva and was placed on probation.
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Recordings of his verbal abuse toward ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva went public. He was pulled over for driving under the influence and famously called the female officer a colorful, "sugary" name -- in that same incident he went on to share his anti-Semitic viewpoint with the male officer.

Is Mel Gibson a bad guy or is his behavior coming from something deeper? Mel has admitted to a long-time battle with alcoholism, and in a 2002 interview, spoke briefly about the highs and lows he experiences that led to his diagnosis of bipolar disorder. While mental illness and addictions aren't an excuse for acting like a jerk, knowing the root of the problem is the only way to fix it.

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