A judge ruled today that Mel Gibson can be asked to testify against Harvey Weinstein in the latter’s continuing rape trial in Los Angeles. The prosecution wants Gibson to testify in support of allegations made by Jane Doe 3, a masseuse who claims she told Gibson about Weinstein sexually assaulting her in 2010.
Judge Lisa B. Lench also ordered that the defense cannot question Gibson about… Well, about everything you’d probably ask Mel Gibson if you were attempting to discredit him as a witness in a criminal case against you.
Weinstein’s attorneys, in particular, will not be permitted to examine Gibson about racist or antisemitic remarks he has made in the past, however, they will be permitted to interrogate Gibson about any specific enmity he has toward Weinstein.
After all, the two have a history: Although Gibson never appeared in a Weinstein-produced film (as far as we know), the Miramax head did accuse Gibson’s The Passion Of The Christ of antisemitic overtones, even going so far as to publish a book, Perspectives On The Passion Of The Christ, through Miramax, in which a number of religious writers and scholars question some of Gibson’s ideas, as well as the extreme violence, of Gibson’s passion play.
According to the prosecution, Gibson became involved in the case while receiving a massage from Jane Doe 3 several years ago; when he casually mentioned “Harvey” in casual conversation, she reportedly had a “PTSD reaction,” stopped the massage, began crying, and “gave the impression that Weinstein sexually assaulted or groped her,” according to attorneys in the case.
Meanwhile, Weinstein’s attorneys accuse Gibson of attempting to use the trial to improve his public image, claiming that he is “now attempting to rehabilitate his image by becoming a champion of the #MeToo movement,” and claiming that “someone with white-supremacist values might have no problem perjuring himself against a Jewish defendant.” The judge ordered that the themes could not be discussed.
In the Los Angeles case, Weinstein faces 11 charges of sexual assault from five distinct women. After being convicted of two crimes in 2020, he is currently serving a 23-year jail sentence in New York.