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Peter Weir On Mel Gibson: 'I Will Stand By Him'

"He’s a highly talented man. I’m sorry for what has happened to him, and I will stand by him if he ever asks me too,” Weir tells Canadian TV interviewer.

TORONTO -- Australian director Peter Weir has defended Mel Gibson against what he regards as a media onslaught, adding the Hollywood actor is "a decent man.

Weir, in a Canadian Broadcasting Corp. interview to air Thursday night, insisted Gibson was “strangely being crucified in public by the media.

Weir also refused to judge Gibson over his high-profile court battle with ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, which includes leaked tapes of angry phone calls.

We don’t know and shouldn’t be judging details to do with the woman he’s with and the child he had. That’s for the courts,” he added.

Weir directed Gibson in The Year of Living Dangerously and Gallipoli and, while admittingly not close to the Hollywood actor in recent years, said he retains a “deep connection” to their past collaborations.

“He’s a highly talented man. I’m sorry for what has happened to him, and I will stand by him if he ever asks me too,” Weir told the CBC interview show George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight.