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OTRC: Mel Gibson spending time with Nadia Lanfranconi, Italian singer-songwriter

Mel Gibson appears in a scene from the 2011 movie 'The Beaver.' / Nadia Lanfranconi appears in a photo posted on her official Facebook page on November 15, 2010. (Summit Entertainment / Facebook.com/nadialanfranconi)

Mel Gibson's rep denies the actor is dating Italian singer-songwriter Nadia Lanfranconi, says the pair are just friends.

Gibson and Lanfranconi have been photographed spending time together and according to the New York Post, Gibson was spotted giving the singer a "sensual" shoulder massage in a West Hollywood restaurant over the weekend.

The 56-year-old actor's rep denied that Gibson is having a relationship and a source told OnTheRedCarpet.com the two are just friends.

Lanfranconi moved to the United States from Lake Como, Italy five years ago and recently appeared in a modeling campaign for "F Me" jeans, according to the Post. She has also had cameos in several TV series, including "Chuck," "Raven" and "Hart of Dixie." According to her Model Mayhem account, she is 29 years old.

Gibson has struggled to resurrect his career following a 2006 drunk driving arrest, during which he ranted against Jews. Gibson issued an apology after the infamous incident, during which he allegedly said: "The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world." He pleaded no contest to the DUI charge and was sentenced to three years of probation and underwent alcohol rehabilitation.

Gibson was also charged with misdemeanor battery over a confrontation with his ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva. Gibson made a plea deal and was sentenced to informal probation for 36 months and was also ordered to undergo counseling for anger management and domestic violence prevention, which he completed in March. If he violates his probation, Gibson could face up to a year in prison.

Gibson is the father of eight children - 2-year-old Lucia with Grigoieva and six sons and a daughter with Robyn Gibson, his former wife of 26 years, who filed for divorce in 2009. The actor also has three grandchildren.

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