09/08/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Mel Gibson: Last PHOTOS Before Racist Rant Announced

TMZ has obtained the last photos of Mel Gibson in public -- taken at a Chili's restaurant in Texas -- just days before he went into hiding after news broke of his racial, sexist, and allegedly violent attacks on his baby mama.

In the photos -- taken during the last week of June -- Mel shot a bothered look at the camera as a group of "fans" who recognized the star at the restaurant swarm him. Mel was at the restaurant because it's near the set of a movie he was shooting ... and really, who can resist their signature babyback ribs?

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