Date: 16th May 2001
Australian hunk MEL GIBSON insists his father didn't move his entire family to Australia to avoid war.
There have been numerous tabloid reports that Gibson's dad opted to leave their home city of New York rather than watch his sons go away to fight in Vietnam.
But Gibson insists the reports are flawed. He explains, "He just happened to go to Australia and that didn't really get him away from it anyway because in Australia they were drafting in too so we would have been drafted in there just as easily. " (SVD/WNV/ES)