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Salon Columnist’s Terrible Advice For Domestic Violence Victim

Thanks to our girl Judy McGuire for calling my attention to the latest advice column from Salon’s Cary Tennis. A woman writes to Tennis that she’s “in a loving but violent marriage” in which her husband has “only” beat her up a couple of times, including the time he punched and stomped her while she was pregnant. She’s writing to Tennis because she’s upset that the domestic violence hotline she called advised her to leave her husband and she wants to know her other options. Shockingly, Tennis offers her an alternative to getting the f**k out and never looking back, but first he indulges in a little rambling prose.

“In this fictional world you are safe. So I can speak to you one soul to another. I can grant you the freedom to see yourself as the object and creation of your own limitless imagination. Then you are free to inquire: What do you want, O dish thrower? What do you want, O restrainer, kicker, puncher? What is it that you are hungry for?”

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Frisky Q&A: “Abusers” Co-Creator Tami Outterbridge

Last week we learned about a potential new show that made our jaws drop: “Abusers,” a reality TV show about domestic abusers and their victims. There were few details about the proposed show beyond a press release online and few details about the show’s co-creators, Tami Outterbridge, a writer, and Albert Harris, Jr., a former aide to New Jersey ex-governor Jim McGreevey.

On Friday I spoke with Outterbridge, who said the show (currently called “Abusers Intervention,” as Harris told me in an email) is being shopped around to several networks. She explained that “Abusers Intervention” will not depict physical violence onscreen but will instead “show and identify the patterns of red flag behavior” of abuse. “Domestic violence never happens in a vacuum or a void,” Outterbridge said. “There’s a pattern that delivers you there.” Keep reading »

Mel Texted To Oksana, “I Wasn’t Safe For You Last Night,” And Allegedly Smashed A Glass Door

As if six different audiotapes screaming “bitch,” “c**t” and “gold digging whore” weren’t enough, now there are alleged Mel Gibson text messages. Radar Online reports that on January 7, 2010 — the day after Mel allegedly punched girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva twice in the head while she was holding their two-month-old daughter, Lucia — he sent Oksana texts acknowledging some sort of craziness the night before. “Oksana, I wasn’t safe for you last night,” the texts allegedly say. “I spent two hours with a therapist today and have regained some perspective. What I’m telling you know [sic] is I am safe and would like to come by and make amends to you, Sascha [her 12-year-old son from a previous marriage], and Lucia. I won’t stay, just let you say your peace [sic] and I’ll say mine.”

Well, at least he’s seeing a therapist. Keep reading »

Mel Gibson Allegedly Pointed Gun And Threatened To Kill Oksana, Their Baby, And Himself

Trust me, at this point I am crazy tired of writing about how nasty a dude Mel Gibson is. But this new revelation is so shocking, I had to share it. As we’ve heard the story for a while, during a fight on July 6th, Mel punched Oksana Grigorieva twice while she was holding their baby, Lucia. The alleged hits were with such force that they supposedly broke Oksana’s front teeth and gave her a concussion. But according to a source who passed Oksana’s statement on to the police, the fight got way, way, worse. After being hit, Oksana fell on the bed and Mel allegedly tried to choke her with one hand and covered her mouth with the other—while she was still holding the baby. He then allegedly took out a gun and began waving it around. He allegedly threatened to kill her, baby Lucia, Oksana’s 12-year-old son (Sascha, who was hiding in the bedroom), and then himself. Oksana then fled the house with both Lucia and Sascha. Sascha was apparently interviewed by child protective services about the incident last week. Keep reading »

“Abusers” Reality Show Brings Real-Life Domestic Violence Abusers Into Your Living Room

People on reality shows of yore have eaten bugs, had catfights over men, and stabbed each other in the back for a chance to work for The Donald.

And now, they beat their girlfriends.

“Abusers” is will be an intervention-style reality show that depicts real-life cases of domestic violence and offers counseling and support for both the abuser and the victim. The show — which appears to be in the proposal stage, as there is no mention of a network having picked it up — will be produced by Albert Harris, Jr., a former aide to ex-New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey. The creative team will include Ashley and Josh from “The Real World: D.C.,” who both experienced domestic violence in their homes. Abusers and victims who participate on “Abusers” will be given free online degree programs through the University of Phoenix.

This could work for TV. It just has to be more “PBS” than “Bravo,” you know what I mean? Keep reading »

Mel Gibson’s Screaming Rant At Ex #5: Profanity By The Numbers

Alleged phone call snippet #5 between Mel Gibson and ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva is out and this time they’re fighting about that thorniest of relationship woes: $$$. Apparently, crazy-rich crazy celebrities blow their top if they have to tighten their belt and sell their Lakers box seats! Poor, poor Mel. Keep reading »

Mel Gibson’s Screaming Rant At Ex #4: Profanity By The Numbers

Memo to future girlfriends of Mel Gibson: he wants a blowjob before the Jacuzzi, got it?

Another day, another snippet of an alleged abusive screaming phone call from Mel to his ex/baby mama, Oksana Grigorieva. Having listened to all of Mel’s psychotic screaming and creepy panting, I can say this one is the scariest.

After the jump, Mel’s profanity and blowjob requirements, tallied up. Keep reading »

Mel Gibson’s Screaming Rant At Ex #3: Profanity By The Numbers

There was crazy, screaming Mel Gibson audio #1. There was crazy, screaming Mel Gibson audio #2. And now … crazy, screaming Mel Gibson audio #3.

In this latest alleged argument, Mel yells the c-word at his ex-girlfriend/mother of his child, Oksana Grigorieva, tells her “you don’t count,” accuses her of leeching his wallet, and, oh, did I mention he acts like the textbook case of an abuser?

After the jump, I subject my ears to audio #3 of Mel Gibson’s alleged abusive rantings. Keep reading »

Mel Gibson’s Latest Screaming Rant At Ex: Profanity And Death Threats By The Numbers

So. Mel Gibson, you might have heard, has some issues with misogyny and black people. The last alleged leaked audio of Gibson ranting at his ex-girlfriend was damning as hell. But that was kid stuff. The second alleged leaked audio of Gibson screaming — and I mean screaming — profanity and death threats at Oksana Grigorieva is bone chilling.

I don’t recommend listening to Mel Gibson’s Crazy Rant #2 if you’ve just eaten lunch, cuz this shizz is sick. For your convenience, I’ve tallied up “The Passion Of The Christ” director’s dirty words and death threats after the jump. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to go get “You should just f**king smile and blow me because I deserve it!” put on a T-shirt. Keep reading »

“Urkel” Star Jaleel White Accused Of Domestic Abuse

No, not Steve Urkel, too! “Family Matters” star Jaleel White has been accused of physically abusing his child’s mother in some very un-Urkel-like behavior. The woman claims two weeks ago, White allegedly punched her in her breasts while they were driving on a highway with their infant in the car. When they arrived home, she claims White slapped her and pushed her into the toilet so hard it broke the tank.

Urkel’s publicist issued the standard denial that all publicists for celebs accused of domestic violence can issue in their sleep: “There was absolutely no battery … no abuse … and the incident never happened. This is just a ploy in an ongoing custody battle over their young daughter to tarnish his name.” We certainly hope this report is untrue. What would Harriette and Carl think of this? [TMZ.com] Keep reading »

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