09/17/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Mel Gibson's Family Stands By Him

Even as Mel Gibson is embroiled in a nasty legal battle with his former girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva and faces fall-out from a series of rage-filled leaked audiotapes, the embattled actor can count on at least one thing: his family.

"He has a good support system in his friends and family," a pal tells PEOPLE, adding that his kids are "absolutely" standing by their father.

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