12/04/2012 05:48 BST | Updated 11/06/2012 06:12 BST

Mel Gibson 'Hates Jews And Says John Lennon Deserved To Be Shot': Basic Instinct Writer Joe Eszterhas' Sensational Letter

Mel Gibson has been accused of sabotaging a film because he "hates Jews". The extraordinary claims are made by scriptwriter Joe Eszterhas, who had been due to work with Gibson on The Maccabees.

The project, which would have told the story of the Jewish Maccabee revolt in the 2nd Century B.C. was shelved by Warner Bros.

The accusations are part of a nine-page missive from Eszterhas, obtained by The Wrap, which claims the actor went on explosive anit-Seminte rants and frequently made threats to kill Oksana Grigorieva, the mother of his youngest daughter.

Of Lennon, Eszterhas claims Gibson said: "I'm glad he's dead. He deserved to be shot. He was f**king messianic. Listen to his songs! Imagine. I hate that f**king song. I'm glad he's dead."

For his part, Gibson has responded with: "Both Warner Brothers and I were extraordinarily disappointed with the draft. In 25 years of script development I have never seen a more substandard first draft or a more significant waste of time.

"The decision not to proceed with you was based on the quality of your script, not on any other factor."

Gibson also apologized for using "colorful" language, but said that much of Eszterhas's allgeations were "utter fabrications."

Gibson has faced accusations of anti-semitism in the past, after unleashing a barrage of slurs towards a police officer after he was caught drink driving in Malibu in 2006.

In 2010 a series of phonecalls between Gibson and Grigorieva were leaked online in which the actor referred to his ex-girlfriend as a "whore" and suggested she dressed so provocatively she deserved to be raped by a group of black men.