Embattled actor and director Mel Gibson found a high-profile ally during a ceremony in Beverly Hills, where Gibson presented the American Cinematheque Award to Robert Downey Jr., CBS News reports.
Downey, who had his own highly publicized personal troubles before making a strong career comeback, said it’s time to forgive Gibson, whose headlines in recent years have included an anti-Semitic rant during a 2006 DUI arrest and a bitter feud with his ex-girlfriend that included tapes of Gibson apparently making angry threats.
Accepting his award at Friday’s ceremony, Downey said of his friend Gibson: "Unless you are without sin — and if you are, you are in the wrong (expletive) industry — you should forgive him and let him work."
Downey famously struggled with drug and alcohol addiction before getting his life back on track, and Gibson was among his biggest supporters when he was at a low point in his career.
Gibson, an Academy Award winner as director for the 1995 film “Braveheart,” hasn’t had much in the way of career triumphs lately, with his 2011 movie “The Beaver” flopping at the box office.