Mel Gibson Calls Weinstein Claims a "Precursor for Change"

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The actor, now starring in family sequel 'Daddy's Home 2,' is no stranger to controversy.

Mel Gibson has had his fair share of controversial moments. But that didn't stop the actor, who is starring in the hit family film Daddy's Home 2 and was nominated earlier this year for a best director Oscar for Hacksaw Ridge, from voicing his thoughts on the ongoing sexual harassment and assault scandals sweeping Hollywood.

Specifically, Gibson explained that while he thinks the many accusations made against disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein are “painful,” he believes those will simply be 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. It’s painful, but I think pain is a precursor to change,” Gibson said in an interview with The Guardian to promote his role in the comedy sequel, starring Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg and John Lithgow.

Daddy's Home 2 is the actor's first studio comedy since What Women Want, released in 2000, and his first role after his Hacksaw Ridge best director Oscar nod. Daddy's Home 2 opened to an unexpected $30 million at the box office.

In 2006, Gibson famously went on an anti-Semitic rant against a Malibu police officer, after the officer pulled him over for drunk driving. Gibson reportedly complained that Jews were responsible for “all the wars in the world.”

A few years later, tapes were leaked of him making racist and misogynistic comments about his former girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva.