Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Bud Ain't Kosher

Whew! What a day for gossip! First, of course, we had The Great Paris/Shanna Catfight of 2006. Then, stories are flying around that Madonna may or may not have adopted a Malawian child. And now it comes to light that Mel Gibson might have fallen off the wagon right here in Felt Up's home base of Austin, Texas! Wheee!

MSNBC's Jeannette Walls reports that Mel,
who publicly sought help for his alcoholism less than two months ago — was spotted drinking beer in Austin, Texas, according to the upcoming issue of the National Enquirer.

“I couldn’t believe my eyes. Mel Gibson was swigging a Bud with two adoring young women hanging on his every word,” the tab quotes a musician named Steven Smith as saying. Smith claims that the alleged incident occurred at Stubb's Bar-B-Q on Sept. 22 at around 1:15 a.m. According to Smith, about 75 people were at the bar, but Gibson and his group were in an area that was “cordoned off so no one could bother him.”

Another unnamed source backs up the claim, telling the Enquirer “He definitely was drinking Budweiser. I saw him.”

Gibson was arrested on a drunk-driving charge on July 28 and erupted in an anti-Semitic tirade. On Aug. 17, he pleaded no contest; he was sentenced to three years probation and went into an out-patient treatment for his alcoholism.

Gibson was in Austin for the screening of his new movie, “Apocalypto,” but his rep insists that he drank no alcohol during the trip.

“The story’s not true,” spokesman Alan Neirob told The Scoop. “He wasn’t drinking anything alcoholic.

Any A-towners know this musician named "Stephen Smith"? Did anyone go to the "Apocalypto" showing at the Alamo Drafthouse? I need answers, dammit!

Boy, I would be so proud of my lil' ole town if we actually did play host to Mel Gibson's sordid return to the booze. Sure, San Antonio has The Alamo, and Dallas has...um, let me see...The Texas Book Depository, but Austin has Stubb's BBQ, The Place Where Mel Gibson May Have Drunk A Bud! Yee-haw!

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