Originally Posted by savafan
Knowing that Mel has been diagnosed as a manic depressive, and has a history of alcoholism, and the rumors that this is all about her not letting him see his daughter after she agreed to the visitations in court, I empathize with him as someone who is a father and has dealt with depression, not saying that I condone the actions or language that he used.
Also if you know anything about his childhood and his relationship to his father (his father is one of the most famous Holocaust deniers in the world) you would understand that he's been fighting serious demons his whole life.
Nothing justifies his actions and words, but I have to feel sorry for someone who clearly experiences such emotional turmoil in his private life.
For what it's worth, I know many people who have worked with him and everyone says the same thing. He is one of the nicest and most generous stars to work with. He actually has a clause in all lf his contracts that any special treatment he gets, the whole cast and crew gets. They all eat first class meals, travel first class, etc.
Again, those tapes reveal a monster, but clearly a tortured monster.