There are two major celebrity scandals playing out in Malibu, and now Gavin de Becker is connected to both of them.
We’ve always liked Gavin, ever since the days almost twenty years ago when we and our mates bumped heads with him during the first tabloid television incursions into Hollywood celebrity world. We’d send producers and reporters to ring buzzers at mansion gates or walk up to patios on in the Malibu colony, an effort to treat Hollywood heavyweights like everyday folk. He was a Hollywood kid turned celebrity security consultant, and would call to warn us off.
We were learning our lessons, and Gavin was, too.
Through the years, his security business has grown in scope and importance, while he’s branched out with books like “The Gift of Fear” and become a noted expert in an era when genuine threats seem to come from any and all directions.
And Tabloid Baby friends like Neil Innes were very grateful that Gavin helped George Harrision die in peace and privacy in Coldwater Canyon, while more than a few of our colleagues were looking to find that long-lens view of his road to reincarnation.
About a year ago, de Becker was hired by Olivia Newton-John’s team when it was revealed the Malibu songbird had gone about her business for seven weeks at a time when her alleged boyfriend Patrick McDermott was missing from a fishing boat. While McDermott could have been a victim of amnesia, wandering the waterfront, Newton-John maintained a smiling public schedule without once using her celebrity to aid in the search.
Today, a letter from Gavin de Becker took up a two-page ad in the Hollywood Reporter to defend, or at least plead for a reasonable understanding of self-professed Malibu owner Mel Gibson and his anti-Semitic rant during his drunk driving arrest.
This time, he apparently got involved on his own.
Two of Malibu’s biggest scandals-- and Gavin de Becker is in the middle of both…