Mel Gibson Donates $1 Million to His Private Church (EXCLUSIVE)

Celebuzz / January 11, 2013

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Mel Gibson has piled a further $1 million into his controversial church in Malibu, Calif., Celebuzz has exclusively learned.

A federal tax filing we’ve obtained reveals that the oft-troubled actor-director made the large lump sum donation last year to his 400-seat Holy Family Catholic Church, which is situated in the secluded hills on the scenic and quiet Mulholland Highway.

The private church now has $68 million in its tax free coffers — up from $27 million in 2006, according to the document.

Gibson, 57, donated $1,057,593 last year. He was the sole contributor to the church, though the donation he made in 2011 was significantly down on previous years.

Why?

In the now infamous recorded tapes released in 2010, Gibson confessed he’d fallen on hard times.

He ranted to his ex-lover, Oksana Grigorieva, that he didn’t have “any f**king money,” despite the millions he’d made in Hollywood.

“I have to support you and everybody else! I have to sell paintings. I have to sell my box at the Lakers game,” he was caught on tape saying.

The everybody else to which the Lethal Weapon star referred was likely his wife of 26 years, Robyn Moore, who officially divorced him on Dec. 23, 2011 after splitting years earlier.

Moore, the mother of seven of Gibson’s children, walked away with half of his estimated $800 million fortune because the pair had no prenup.

Still, Gibson’s church has proved to be a war chest of sorts.

Gibson is listed in federal tax records as the CEO of the church and it is run out of Gibson’s Icon Production company offices in the beachside suburb of Santa Monica.

He lists just three major expenses for 2011, totaling all up $273,218 — including almost $40,000 in legal fees.

One of the church’s major assets is listed as being $416,375 in artwork.

Gibson’s secretive sect is not recognized by the Roman Catholic Church because it does not acknowledge the authority of the Pope or the Vatican.

The exclusive parish keeps its address a secret and its 17 acres are guarded by security personnel.

Launch the gallery above to see photos of Gibson’s secluded church, and watch the video below to see where else he donates money.

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