Hunky Australian actor Mel Gibson endured a harrowing accident in a restaurant recently - which almost cost him his penis.

The Lethal Weapon action man was dining with friends in Santa Monica, California when a waiter accidentally dropped a knife in his lap, leaving the famous actor with a wound gushing blood from his thigh.

Another diner explains, "Mel yelled at the sudden pain as blood bubbled up.

"After he patched himself up in the bathroom, he assured the distraught waiter that he didn't need medical attention. He calmed the guy down and even declined the restaurant's offer to buy him brand new trousers."

18/06/2003 13:31