Actor Mel Gibson has made headlines for his controversial behavior multiple times in recent years, but the latest news involves his previously undisclosed battle with the coronavirus earlier this year.
As reported by PageSix, Gibson spent a week in the hospital after testing positive for COVID-19 in April.
Treatment and recovery
While a number of celebrities have come forward to share their own diagnosis and recovery from the virus, Gibson kept his ordeal relatively quiet. His most recent statement did not specify how long it was after he received his diagnosis that he was admitted to the hospital, but a representative confirmed he has fully recovered.
As part of Gibson’s treatment, medical professionals reportedly administered Remdesivir, a drug that has shown early promise in treating patients.
Since leaving the hospital, Gibson has reportedly been tested multiple times for the virus, each with negative results. Testing also shows the presence of viral antibodies, the actor’s statement notes.
A controversial past
Although the divisive actor has accepted a few relatively recent notable roles, he has generally kept a low profile — for obvious reasons. He has a long history of making offensive comments and alcohol abuse.
Most recently, Gibson faced criticism following an interview with actress Winona Ryder that was published in the United Kingdom’s Sunday Times last month. According to the report, Ryder claims she and Gibson were at the same event in 1995 when he made an offensive antisemitic remark.
“You’re not an oven dodger, are you?” he allegedly asked, which Ryder interpreted as his way of asking her if she was Jewish.
Following that report, Gibson issued a statement denying her claims.
“This is 100% untrue,” a representative told Variety at the time, according to The Guardian. “She lied about it over a decade ago, when she talked to the press, and she’s lying about it now.”
Celebrities and COVID-19
Elsewhere, actor Tom Hanks recently elaborated on the ordeal he and his wife, Rita Wilson, endured after testing positive for COVID-19. According to Fox News, he said Wilson “lost her sense of taste and smell,” experienced “severe nausea,” and had a high fever while he experienced “crippling body aches” and an extended period of fatigue.
While celebrity cases tend to generate the most headlines, it is important to remember those of all stripes who continue to wage their own individual fights against this terrible virus.