Mel Gibson: Oksana Provoked Me During Phone Rants

  • For the first time, Mel Gibson has responded to scandal over his crazed rants in his own words, saying in court documents, "I felt that Oksana repeatedly attempted to push my emotional ‘buttons' to provoke me during the calls."
  • Mel denies that he ever threatened to hurt baby Lucia, saying, "My children are the most precious part of my life." He also entered into evidence a text message which he says proves Oksana was trying to extort him. She wrote, "U r keep saying that ull take care of us in the most generous way. I wouldn't have played ur messages if u were keeping ur word." [Radar]
  • Billy Ray Cyrus walked out of a radio interview after the DJ asked about his divorce. Billy Ray said the interviewer was "very rude" and "should be disgusted." [TMZ]
  • Teen Mom star Maci Bookout says that while she and Bristol Palin are "not BFFs," "we definitely keep in touch and make sure everything is going good with each other." [Us]
  • Though a childcare worker told a tabloid that Farrah Abraham frequently forgets her daughter at daycare, Farrah says no one has babysat Sophia for five months adding, "It's really sad that somebody would use a child like this and do this to her when Sophia's just a baby." [Radar]
  • Tila Tequila has been granted a temporary restraining order against a photographer who claims she kidnapped his girlfriend. [TMZ]
  • Though Michael Lohan sais he wouldn't be talking to the media anymore, he said after visiting with Lindsay on Wednesday he said that he's proud of her and, "I hope that Dina can get on the same page and put it all to rest by having family therapy together." [CNN]
  • The upcoming possibly-fake Michael Jackson album will feature duets with Akon, Lenny Kravitz, and 50 Cent. [AP]
  • The homeless man Balthazar Getty has been looking for was found and has been reunited with his family. [TMZ]
  • If you heard Halle Berry would be playing Oprah in a biopic, you heard wrong. Halle says she doesn't think a movie is even in the works, "Not that I wouldn't want to play Oprah if there was a movie. I just don't know how this stuff gets made up." [Hollywood Reporter]
  • Jim Davis has apologized for a Garfield comic strip that appeared to mock Veterans Day, calling it "National Stupid Day." He says, "It was written almost a year ago and I had no idea when writing it that it would appear today-of all days." [E!]
  • Catherine Zeta-Jones was photographed standing next to husband Michael Douglas, and this is news. [Radar]
  • We usually get a hearty chuckle out of the National Enquirer, but this time they've gone too far: The mag is reporting that Christina Hendricks has been acting like a diva on the set of Mad Men and hates Elisabeth Moss. A source reponds, "Elisabeth and Christina are great friends," and the Enquirer's story "couldn't be further from the truth." [ONTD]
  • Angela Lansbury has been cast as Katherine Heigl's daughter in a movie about a mom who doesn't age. [Deadline]
  • Leonardo DiCaprio's alleged attacker pled no contest to felony assault with a deadly weapon today. She's expected to be sentenced to two years in prison, then get deported to Canada. [TMZ]
  • Supposedly Carey Mulligan is the Baz Luhrmann's top choice to star as Daisy Buchanan in his adaptation of The Great Gatsby. [N.Y. Mag]
  • Natalie Portman says she isn't feuding with her dad over the lesbian sex in Black Swan, adding that filming the scene with Mila Kunis was, "It was awkward and we laughed...It was strange, but it's something you just sort of throw yourself into." [E!]