“Things got shaken up a little bit and there is a lot of light being thrown into places where there were shadows …”
Mel Gibson is making a big comeback after his decade-long quasi-exile from Hollywood prompted by a series of troubling reports about the star’s behavior. While promoting his new comedy, “Daddy’s Home 2,” in the U.K., Gibson offered some carefully worded thoughts on the wave of allegations sweeping through Hollywood.
The allegations coming to light, said Gibson, are “painful” but that pain is a “precursor to change.”
“Things got shaken up a little bit and there is a lot of light being thrown into places where there were shadows and that is kind of healthy,” said the actor, The Guardian reports. “It’s painful, but I think pain is a precursor to change.”
Gibson is referencing the dozens of sexual misconduct allegations that continue to stream out of Hollywood seemingly daily since the New York Times’ first bombshell report on a number of allegations of sexual harassment and assault against megaproducer Harvey Weinstein. Along with Weinstein, who has now been accused by over 50 women of some form of sexual misconduct, actor Kevin Spacey has been accused by several men — including Richard Dreyfuss’ son — of similar offenses. Director Brett Ratner is also among the number of Hollywood power players facing sexual allegations.