*Mel Gibson has seen the cold shoulder of the public after allegedly abusing his ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva and their daughter Lucia. In the recorded audiotapes, he hurled some pretty unforgivable remarks including the N-word. But his friend, Danny Glover is speaking out in defense of the wretched actor.

“I love Mel. That’s my friend,” Glover said of Gibson. “He’s had tough times. We’ve all had tough times.”

He added that the two recently saw each other at a Los Angeles memorial, where they greeting one another with a hug.

Glover also said, that the Gibson he knows is “a very generous man, a man that … whatever he goes through … is always searching for something and searching for meaning in his life.”

Although the “Lethal Weapon” co-star praised his friend, he never revealed whether or not Gibson’s latest behavior is a reflection of who he knew to be his friend.

Regardless, his peers in Hollywood, including Jody Foster who lent her comments about him, still avidly support the man.

“When you love a friend, you don’t abandon them when they are struggling,” she said, adding, “but more importantly, he is and has been a true and loyal friend. I hope I can help him get through this dark moment.”