Robert Downey Jr. has had his fair share of second chances in Hollywood, and on Friday night he pleaded to a star-studded audience to give Mel Gibson a second chance of his own. "Unless you are without sin -- and if you are, you are in the wrong f--king industry, you should forgive him and let him work," Downey Jr. said after Gibson presented the 'Iron Man' star with the American Cinematheque award.

Gibson was a surprise guest at the tribute to Downey Jr., which also featured Michael Douglas, Jack Black, Jon Favreau and Sean Penn, and presented his former 'Air America' co-star with the award. "He taught me many things and I will use the 'C' word, courage," said Gibson. "There's nothing so much wrong with him. Of course you have to worry about the guy making the judgement here. He's a good dude with a good heart."

According to Deadline, Downey's support of Gibson drew "much applause." The Oscar-winning star has had his fair share of legal troubles in the last few years, most recently pleading guilty to misdemeanor battery of his ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva. He also made anti-Semitic remarks after being pulled over during a DUI arrest in 2006.

"Mel and I have the same lawyer, same publicist and same shrink," Downey Jr. said during his acceptance speech. "I couldn't get hired and he cast me. He said if I accepted responsibility – he called it hugging the cactus – long enough, my life would take meaning. And if he helped me, I would help the next guy. But it was not reasonable to assume the next guy would be him."

[via Deadline]

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