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Foster says she won't abandon Gibson

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Mel Gibson, a cast member in the motion picture thriller "Edge of Darkness", attends the premiere of the film with Oksana Grigorieva at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles on January 26, 2010. UPI/Jim Ruymen. | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/5c2584e75f594e26f63684fc3c50c630/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
Mel Gibson, a cast member in the motion picture thriller "Edge of Darkness", attends the premiere of the film with Oksana Grigorieva at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles on January 26, 2010. UPI/Jim Ruymen. | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Jodie Foster says she still regards her fellow Hollywood film star Mel Gibson as a close friend, despite his recent personal crises.

The "Lethal Weapon" and "Braveheart" star, who has admitted he is an alcoholic, has been criticized in recent years for making racist and anti-Semitic remarks. He also is under investigation for domestic violence after his ex-girlfriend claimed he threatened and assaulted her.

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However, Foster said she remains loyal to the actor, who she says is going through a "dark moment," TVGuide.com said.

"When you love a friend, you don't abandon them when they are struggling," Foster said in an interview for the October issue of More magazine. "Of course, Mel is an undeniably gifted actor and director ... but more importantly, he is and has been a true and loyal friend. I hope I can help him get through this dark moment."

Foster and Gibson collaborated on 1994's "Maverick" and the soon-to-be-released "The Beaver."

Describing Gibson as the "easiest, nicest person I've ever worked with," the actress added: "The second I met him, I said, 'I will love this man for the rest of my life.'"

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