Mel blames Jews
by: Ynetnews.com and Reuters - Last updated: 2006-07-30
Oscar-winning director and actor Mel Gibson apologised on Saturday for driving while drunk and for his "belligerent behavior" towards the deputy sheriffs who arrested him.
"I acted like a person completely out of control when I was arrested and said things that I do not believe to be true and which are despicable," Gibson said in a statement issued by his publicist.
Gibson, 50, was arrested in the early hours of Friday morning for speeding along the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, the beach town north of Los Angeles.
TMZ.com, a showbiz website owned by AOL, has four pages of the original report prepared by the arresting officer in the case, L.A. County Sheriff's Deputy James Mee. According to the report, Gibson repeatedly said, "My life is f****d."
Law enforcement sources say the deputy told the actor that he was supposed to cuff him but would not, as long as Gibson cooperated. The report says Gibson then said, "I'm not going to get in your car," and bolted to his car. The deputy quickly subdued Gibson, cuffed him and put him inside the patrol car.
Once inside the car, a source directly connected with the case says Gibson told the deputy, "You mother f****r. I'm going to f*** you." The report says Gibson then launched into a barrage of anti-Semitic statements: "F*****g Jews... The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world." Gibson then asked the deputy, "Are you a Jew?"
The deputy became alarmed as Gibson's tirade escalated, and called ahead for a sergeant to meet them when they arrived at the station. When they arrived, a sergeant began videotaping Gibson, who noticed the camera and then said, "What the f*** do you think you're doing?"
A law enforcement source says Gibson then noticed another female sergeant and yelled, "What do you think you're looking at, sugar tits?"
Deputy Mee then wrote an eight-page report detailing Gibson's rampage and comments. Sources say the sergeant on duty felt it was too "inflammatory." A lieutenant and captain then got involved and calls were made to Sheriff's headquarters.
Sources say Mee was told Gibson's comments would incite a lot of "Jewish hatred," that the situation in Israel was "way too inflammatory." It was mentioned several times that Gibson, who wrote, directed, and produced 2004's "The Passion of the Christ," had incited "anti-Jewish sentiment" and "For a drunk driving arrest, is this really worth all that?"
"I am deeply ashamed of everything I said, and I apologize to anyone who I have offended," Gibson said.
He did not explain the offensive comments, and a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department also declined to comment on Gibson's behavior when arrested.
Gibson said he has "battled with the disease of alcoholism for all of my adult life and profoundly regret my horrific relapse." He said he has already taken the steps necessary to ensure a return to health.
Reproduced with permission: Ynet