Mel Gibson: Ripping On His Fans?

Has Mel Gibson gotten himself into more hot water?

Hollyscoop reports that the Passion of the Christ director was out at Los Angeles watering hole Playhouse with his pregnant girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva on Wednesday night when he had a violent encounter.

A witness reports that “Mel looked so happy and in love” until a Life & Style reporter posing as a fan began snapping pics of Gibson and Grigorieva. Gibson’s security detail snapped into action and confiscated the film, but the reporter then sent a friend of his to take another picture of the couple.

And that’s when Give ‘Em Hell Mel supposedly went all William Wallace on the situation.

Tired of people trying to capture his image, “Mel approached the guy who tried to take his picture and ripped his shirt,” says an onlooker.

Gee, and Mel Gibson always seemed so level-headed in the past.

For the record, TMZ reports that police have chosen not to pursue criminal charges, and regard the supposed victim’s story as highly suspect.

Let us know in the comments section: Do you think Mel Gibson is capable of such alleged savagery?