Mel Gibson's publicist has laughed off reports the star swore at a U.S. TV presenter following a recent interview, insisting the actor was actually aiming the crude remark at him.
A video of the Braveheart star allegedly calling host Dean Richards an "a**hole" following a satellite chat has become an internet sensation since it was aired on Friday (29Jan10).
Gibson is said to have been angry after Richards pressed him on his past indiscretions, asking the Aussie about the 2006 drink driving arrest which saw the actor spew anti-Semitic insults at a police officer.
But the Hollywood actor's spokesperson Alan Nierob is adamant the remark was aimed at him, rather than the WGN-TV personality - because he had been "pulling faces" at Gibson during the interview.