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Actor Jason Patric is fighting back against California’s confusing laws that have kept him away from son Gus.

Patric fathered the boy, 3, with girlfriend Danielle Schreiber via in-vitro fertilization. But the couple later broke up and Patric wasn’t recognized as the father, according to California law, which gives sperm donors no parental rights unless they are married to the mother or have a written agreement.

“The Lost Boys” star says he hasn’t seen Gus in 38 weeks since Schreiber cut off contact. Now, the distressed dad is taking action. He hosted the first Stand Up for Gus fund-raiser in Los Angeles Wednesday night to raise money to support a legal defense for families who have been “broken down from this system.”

Patric explained to us: “I don’t have nights with Gus anymore, so I’m going to have this evening, and we’re going to shine a light on this injustice.”

A-list supporters of Patric’s cause on Wednesday included Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Jon Hamm, Chelsea Handler and Kiefer Sutherland. Damon committed $15,000 to the cause during a paddle raise, but Mel Gibson trumped Damon’s offer and coughed up $20,000, to which emcee Joe Buck quipped: “Well Matt, you know what just happened ... Mel just made your 15 look like nothing.”

Patric plans to make the fund-raiser more than a one-off event — “not only an annual thing, it’s a movement,” he said. “It’s going to continue every day and we need more than one event a year. I hope one day Gus will be running it on his own.”

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Jason Patric “Stand Up For Gus” Benefit Event Red Carpet Arrivals at Bootsy Bellows in Los Angeles, Ca November 13, 2013

ABOUT STAND UP FOR GUS: Almost four years ago, Jason Patric was blessed with a baby boy named Gus. For the first 3 years of Gus’s childhood, Patric was a consistent physical and emotional presence in Gus’s life. But that all changed in an instant. Patric was stripped of his rights as a parent after an outdated statute meant for sperm donors was applied to Patric simply because Gus’ mother and he were unmarried and used IVF to conceive. In Patric’s journey, he has discovered many other tragic stories of parental alienation and hopes to use his personal story and name to give a voice to those who do not have one. Thus, “Stand Up To Gus” was born, a night to raise awareness and provide assurance that no child should be left without the love and support of a parent. For more information visit:http://standupforgus.com/

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SThough Bootsy Bellows in West Hollywood is usually filled with hot, young twenty and thirtysomethings, 57-year-old Mel Gibson helped boost the average age at the club on Wednesday evening. The actor slipped into a bright blue suit and tie combo, and rather than throwing water at photographers.

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Matt Damon and Jason Patric “Stand Up For Gus” Benefit Event Red Carpet Arrivals at Bootsy Bellows in Los Angeles, Ca November 13, 2013 ABOUT STAND UP FOR GUS: Almost four years ago, Jason Patric was blessed with a baby boy named Gus. For the first 3 years of Gus’s childhood, Patric was a consistent physical and emotional presence in Gus’s life. But that all changed in an instant. Patric was stripped of his rights as a parent after an outdated statute meant for sperm donors was applied to Patric simply because Gus’ mother and he were unmarried and used IVF to conceive. In Patric’s journey, he has discovered many other tragic stories of parental alienation and hopes to use his personal story and name to give a voice to those who do not have one. Thus, “Stand Up To Gus” was born, a night to raise awareness and provide assurance that no child should be left without the love and support of a parent. For more information visit:http://standupforgus.com/ Recent Events:http://goo.gl/ZatJg Twitter:http://www.twitter.com/maximotv Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/maximotv Official Site: http://www.maximotv.com Maximo TV – Content Producer – Licensing All footage available for Broadcast TV – Worldwide ©Ricomix Productions – Maximo TV – All Rights Reserved. Celebrity – Red Carpet – Award Shows – Celebrity Fashion – Fashion – Movie Premieres – Premieres – Screenings – Red Carpet Fashion – Exclusive Interviews – Celebrity Interviews – Red Carpet Premiere – Entertainment News – Candids – News – Awards

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Matt Damon leads the red carpet at a Hollywood benefit

Matt Damon was looking particularly dapper in a black suit and co-ordinated shirt as he took to the red carpet to draw attention to the charity ‘Stand Up for Gus’ on Wednesday.

He was joined by fellow veteran actor Mel Gibson who flashed a smile to photographers in a sharp suit and blue tie.

And bringing casual glamour to the event was Nikki Reed, who shone in a pearlescent blazer and sheer panelled top tucked into blue skinny jeans.

The 25-year-old brought colour to the ensemble in a pair of hot pink pointed heels.

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PHOTOS – Matt Damon, Mel Gibson and Emmanuelle Chriqui rise to Gus

Last night, Matt Damon and Mel Gibson were Bootsy Bellow’s, in the district of West Hollywood, which was organized a charity event to support the Stand Up For Gus program.

The two actors who have very little to prove, aged 43 and 57, were not the only ones to have moved for a good cause as the lovelyEmmanuelle Chriqui , we know mainly through the series Entourage , and Nikki Reed ( Twilight ) were present on the red carpet.

Both strengths charm of the evening rivaled style, Emmanuelle in rock and girly in her mini sequined skirt, which showed off her tan mode, and Nikki, who revisited with taste combo slim blazer + + pumps, daring the body and the touch of pink satin.

Born from the initiative of a deposed his father parental rights when he designed his son Gus in vitro without being married to his wife,Stand Up For Gus support injured parents and assist them in goal for their legal battle.

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Nikki Reed & Matt Damon: Stand Up for Gus Benefit

But as Nikki Reed stepped out to fundraiser Stand Up For Gus on Wednesday night, her Twilight co-star Jackson Rathbone was plotting to ‘infect her with baby fever.’ It was an apt urging as the charity being supported was set up by actor Jason Patric …

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Nikki Reed & Matt Damon: Stand Up for Gus Benefit

Nikki Reed and Matt Damon step out on the red carpet at the Stand Up For Gus benefit held at Bootsy Bellows on Wednesday (November 13) in West Hollywood, Calif.

The two actors were joined at the event by Chelsea Handler, Topher Grace,Sarah Silverman, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Margo Martindale, and the host for the evening, Jason Patric.

The mission of Stand Up for Gus is to make sure that no child should be left without the love and support of their parents. The charity helps to raise money to help families with limited resources who are struggling with custody issues.

Jason formed the charity after his sonGus, who was conceived via IVF, was taken away from him. Jason found himself stripped of parental rights because he was considered a sperm donor.

FYI: Nikki is wearing an Ella Moss top, Smythe Blazer, and a Dana Rebecca Designs necklace.