Mel Gibson: Leave Tiger Woods Alone!

Celebrity News Jan. 11, 2010 AT 10:15AM
Mel Gibson: Leave Tiger Woods Alone! Credit: Michael Loccisano/FilmMagic; Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Mel Gibson is teed off over the treatment of disgraced golfer Tiger Woods.

"I feel sorry for Tiger Woods," the actor, 54, tells Britain's Daily Mail. "Why are we talking about this when we're sending 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan?

"You've got this history-changing event going on and we're talking about Tiger's private life and golf injuries.

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"He's being used as a diversion and it just drives me crazy. You come out savaged," he says. "I just think, 'Who cares?'"

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Gibson -- who is now promoting his new thriller, Edge of Darkness (out Jan. 29) -- made headlines for his own marital drama last year, announcing that he and his wife of 28 years, Robyn, were splitting. (He and girlfriend, musician Oksana Grigorieva, welcomed a daughter, Lucia, last October. It is the actor's eighth child.)

"When all's said and done, I did a pretty good hatchet job on my marriage," Gibson says. "I'm to blame, if you're inclined to judge."

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But he adds, "Nobody is without sin. You have to try to make amends if you can. You have to shut up and move on and not whine about it. And you have to deal with it like a man.

"And that's it. Whatever fallout comes from it, be it fair or unfair, you've just got to accept your own culpability," he says. "The minute you start whining, it's ridiculous."

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Gibson -- who was arrested for drunk-driving arrest and went on an anti-Jewish tirade in 2006 -- also says he has curbed his drinking. "It's been 3 1/2 years now (without alcohol) ..." he says. "I have to be vigilant about these things or it will creep back in."

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