Mel Gibson is having something of a tough time following his split from girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva.
But he can at least take heart in the fact he has a staunch supporter in the form of Jodie Foster.
The actress and director – who stars with him in the new comedy The Beaver - has said she's standing by him amidst allegations of domestic abuse.
"When you love a friend, you don't abandon them when they are struggling," says the 47-year-old, who grew close to Mel after appearing with him 1994 film Maverick.
"But more importantly, he is and has been a true and loyal friend. I hope I can help him get through this dark moment."
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