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07-28-06, 06:38 PM #1
Mel Gibson arrested for driving under the influence
LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- Actor and director Mel Gibson was arrested Friday in Malibu, California, and charged with driving under the influence, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office.
Gibson, 50, was pulled over early Friday while driving on the Pacific Coast Highway, said sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore. Officers on patrol reported Gibson was driving at an "excessively fast speed," he said.
He was charged with a misdemeanor and posted $5,000 bond, Whitmore said.
Gibson was not immediately available for comment.
Gibson, who acted in the "Lethal Weapon" movie series, won an Oscar for directing 1995's Oscar-winning best picture "Braveheart."
He reportedly financed the controversial movie "The Passion of the Christ" (2004), which he also directed, with $25 million of his own money. The film made $370 million at the domestic box office and currently ranks No. 10 on the all-time box office list. "Passion of the Christ" was nominated for three Oscars, but won none.
Gibson's latest movie, "Apocalypto," set in the Mayan civilization of several centuries ago, is due in December.
07-30-06, 11:25 PM #2
TMZ has learned that Mel Gibson went on a rampage when he was arrested Friday on suspicion of drunk driving, hurling religious epithets. TMZ has also learned that the Los Angeles County Sheriff's department had the initial report doctored to keep the real story under wraps.
TMZ 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 became agitated after he was stopped on Pacific Coast Highway and told he was to be detained for drunk driving Friday morning in Malibu. The actor began swearing uncontrollably. Gibson repeatedly said, "My life is f****d." Law enforcement sources say the deputy, worried that Gibson might become violent, told the actor that he was supposed to cuff him but would not, as long as Gibson cooperated. As the two stood next to the hood of the patrol car, the deputy asked Gibson to get inside. Deputy Mee then walked over to the passenger door and opened it. 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.
TMZ has learned that Deputy Mee audiotaped the entire exchange between himself and Gibson, from the time of the traffic stop to the time Gibson was put in the patrol car, and that the tape fully corroborates the written report.
Once inside the car, a source directly connected with the case says Gibson began banging himself against the seat. The report says Gibson told the deputy, "You mother f****r. I'm going to f*** you." The report also says "Gibson almost continually [sic] threatened me saying he 'owns Malibu' and will spend all of his money to 'get even' with me."
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?"
We're told Gibson took two blood alcohol tests, which were videotaped, and continued saying how "f****d" he was and how he was going to "f***" Deputy Mee.
Gibson was put in a cell with handcuffs on. He said he needed to urinate, and after a few minutes tried manipulating his hands to unzip his pants. Sources say Deputy Mee thought Gibson was going to urinate on the floor of the booking cell and asked someone to take Gibson to the bathroom.
After leaving the bathroom, Gibson then demanded to make a phone call. He was taken to a pay phone and, when he didn't get a dial tone, we're told Gibson threw the receiver against the phone. Deputy Mee then warned Gibson that if he damaged the phone he could be charged with felony vandalism. We're told Gibson was then asked, and refused, to sign the necessary paperwork and was thrown in a detox cell.
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?"
We're told Deputy Mee was then ordered to write another report, leaving out the incendiary comments and conduct. Sources say Deputy Mee was told the sanitized report would eventually end up in the media and that he could write a supplemental report that contained the redacted information -- a report that would be locked in the watch commander's safe.
Initially, a Sheriff's official told TMZ the arrest occurred "without incident." On Friday night, Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore told TMZ: "The L.A. County Sheriff's Department investigation into the arrest of Mr. Gibson on suspicion of driving under the influence will be complete and will contain every factual piece of evidence. Nothing will be sanitized. There was absolutely no favoritism shown to this suspect or any other. When this file is presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney, it will contain everything. Nothing will be left out."
On Saturday, Gibson released the following statement:
"After drinking alcohol on Thursday night, I did a number of things that were very wrong and for which I am ashamed. I drove a car when I should not have, and was stopped by the LA County Sheriffs. The arresting officer was just doing his job and I feel fortunate that I was apprehended before I caused injury to any other person. 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. I am deeply ashamed of everything I said. Also, I take this opportunity to apologize to the deputies involved for my belligerent behavior. They have always been there for me in my community and indeed probably saved me from myself. I disgraced myself and my family with my behavior and for that I am truly sorry. I have battled with the disease of alcoholism for all of my adult life and profoundly regret my horrific relapse. I apologize for any behavior unbecoming of me in my inebriated state and have already taken necessary steps to ensure my return to health."
07-30-06, 11:39 PM #3
Gee, if only Danny Glover had been there to back him up.
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07-30-06, 11:42 PM #4
I agree he acted like a horse's ass, but at least he's owning up to it.
Most Hollywood types would just ramble own about how they are a victim of their own disease. While Gibson, started drifting towards that sentiment, he stopped short enough so the blame still lies squarely on his shoulders.
Personally, I could care less what the man does one way or the other. His job is to entertain me. What he does on his time I could give two shits about. Although you'd think by the age of 50 he'd have gotten help by now.The virtue of spirit has no need for thanks or approval. Only the certain conviction that what has been done is right. -Jor El, as played by Marlon Brando
07-30-06, 11:47 PM #5
The problem isn't with the cops, it's the anti-Semitic remarks he made. They were pretty inflammatory. Since a lot of the heads of the entertainment industry are Jewish, I suspect he just screwed himself.
Booze just removes inhibitions, you know he was thinking all that stuff when he was sober.
I also recently read that the bullshit about a "sanitized" report is just that, bullshit. A Lt. with LASD has said that the remarks publicized are pretty much what are in the report. As a policy, they don't release reports until the DA has issued on the matter. But they don't "sanitize" diddlysquat just because someone is a celebrity.When I used to be somebody (I'm center top)
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07-31-06, 01:52 AM #6Originally Posted by RetdetsgtThe virtue of spirit has no need for thanks or approval. Only the certain conviction that what has been done is right. -Jor El, as played by Marlon Brando
07-31-06, 01:55 AM #7
I had a guy that hated his east indian neighbours so much that when he got drunk he would stand out side their house and call them names.
One night he threatened them so we went and arrested him. In the report to the prosecutor I wrote up how extreme his hatred was for people of different enthic backgrounds was and asked a psyc assessment.
The guy was sent to a psyc hosipital on a 21 assessment. Guess what! It worked better than jail! IT must have scared the carp out of him, because that was the last call we ever received about him.
Apparently he is very pro-police when sober, but right now it sounds like he needs to get his house in order.
07-31-06, 02:16 AM #8
Its to bad, I really liked Mel Gibson. I always assumed that Anti-Semetic stuff the media threw out about him after the Passion was BS. But I beleive the police reports. Yes, its good hes owning up to him being an ass (you know most Hollywood celebrites would blame it on the cop) but it doesn't excuse it. I am no longer a Me Gibson fan.
At least I can still look to Bruce Willis as being an upstanding Hollywood conservative.
07-31-06, 03:47 AM #9
Once again, look to South Park for the truth... geez.\\` ` ` ` < ` )___/\
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07-31-06, 12:23 PM #10
LOL I love that episode... I could almost picture him handcuffed in the back of the police car going "You want to torture me now? Go on! Pinch my nipples!"The virtue of spirit has no need for thanks or approval. Only the certain conviction that what has been done is right. -Jor El, as played by Marlon Brando
08-01-06, 07:48 AM #11
CALABASAS, Calif. (AP) - The deputy who arrested Mel Gibson on suspicion of drunken driving said Monday that he feels bad for damage to the star's reputation but hopes Gibson thinks twice before drinking and getting behind the wheel.
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Mel Gibson apologizes for DUI arrest, 'despicable' remarks
James Mee, a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy, told The Associated Press that he considered it a routine arrest and didn't take seriously any comments that Gibson made.
Gibson reportedly unleashed an anti-Semitic tirade and made other offensive comments when he was pulled over, initially for speeding, early Friday along the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu. He was then arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.
Gibson has issued a public apology for his conduct without specifying what he said or did.
"I don't take pride in hurting Mr. Gibson," said Mee, a 17-year deputy who is Jewish. "What I had hoped out of this is that he would think twice before he gets behind the wheel of a car and was drinking. ... I don't want to ruin his career. I don't want to defame him in any way or hurt him."
An official police report on the arrest substantiates claims that Gibson made anti-Semitic remarks and threatened a deputy, officials said earlier Monday.
Sheriff's Department officials sent prosecutors their case, which also says a tequila bottle was found in Gibson's car when he was pulled over.
The entertainment Web site TMZ.com had reported that the sheriff's department was considering eliminating the anti-Semitic remarks from its official report.
The report forwarded to prosecutors cites Gibson as making disparaging comments about Jews, according to the law enforcement official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.
TMZ reported that Gibson said, "The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world," and asked the arresting officer, "Are you a Jew?"
In the interview outside his home, Mee would not comment specifically on what Gibson said.
"That stuff is booze talking," the deputy said. "There's two things that booze does. It amplifies your basic personality. If you are a laid-back kind of person, just an easygoing kind of person, booze is going to amplify that and you'll be just sitting around going how it's a wonderful day.
"But, if you are a high-strung person, it's going to amplify that, and all the bad things are going to come out."
Questions were raised about whether police were covering up Gibson's remarks partly because the actor has a relationship with Sheriff Lee Baca. He has dressed in a sheriff's uniform to film public service announcements for Baca's Star Organization, a charity group that raises scholarships for children of department employees. Gibson also donated $10,000, said sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore.
A tentative arraignment date was set for Sept. 28, and a sheriff's spokesman Monday defended the department's handling of the case.
The department was "convinced because of our investigation and because of his own self-illuminating statement that he will be convicted of driving under the influence," Whitmore said.
Gibson, 50, won a best-director Oscar for 1995's "Braveheart," and starred in the "Lethal Weapon" and "Mad Max" films, among others.
The deputy seems like a class act here. No malice, no ill will, no bitching about the comments. Just doing his job...not because he wants to damage Gibson, but only because it's what he's sworn to do. Very standup guy it seems."If anything worthwhile comes of this tragedy, it should be the realization by every citizen that often the only thing that stands between them and losing everything they hold dear... is the man wearing a badge." -- Ronald Reagan, in the wake of the deaths of 4 CHP troopers in the Newhall Incident, 1970
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08-01-06, 08:10 AM #12
But at least he didn't run off to a rehab house, or cross a bridge. He owned up to it. He will pay his dues at court and go on to the next movie.
08-01-06, 03:33 PM #13
ROFLMAO... im sorry but i was dying at sugar tits....
i have a friend who is the nicest person in the whole world but one drink and she becomes a monster!
i am glad that he is at least being responsible now for his behaviorhttp://www.allpoetry.com/Grunts%20Girl
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08-01-06, 03:40 PM #14
LOS ANGELES (August 1) - Mel Gibson said Tuesday he is not a bigot or an anti-Semite and that he apologizes to "everyone in the Jewish community for the vitriolic and harmful words" he used when he was arrested for drunken driving.
"Hatred of any kind goes against my faith," he said in a statement released through his publicist Alan Nierob.
"I'm not just asking for forgiveness," Gibson said. "I would like to take it one step further, and meet with leaders in the Jewish community, with whom I can have a one-on-one discussion to discern the appropriate path for healing."
It was the second apology the 50-year-old Oscar winner has issued through Nierob since his arrest early Friday.
Gibson said he is "in the process of understanding where those vicious words came from during that drunken display" and hopes members of the Jewish community, "whom I have personally offended," will help him in his recovery efforts.
"There is no excuse, nor should there be any tolerance, for anyone who thinks or expresses any kind of anti-Semitic remark," Gibson said. "But please know from my heart that I am not an anti-Semite. I am not a bigot. Hatred of any kind goes against my faith."
Gibson acknowledged "there will be many in that community who will want nothing to do with me, and that would be understandable. But I pray that that door is not forever closed."
The actor-director said he must take responsibility for making anti-Semitic remarks because as a public person, "when I say something, either articulated and thought out, or blurted out in a moment of insanity, my words carry weight in the public arena."
Gibson noted that his apology and efforts to repair relations with the Jewish community "is not about a film."
The ABC television network announced late Monday that it had scrapped plans for Gibson to produce a miniseries on the Holocaust.
"This is about real life and recognizing the consequences hurtful words can have," Gibson said.
To some people, however, it is about movies.
"I don't think I want to see any more Mel Gibson movies," Barbara Walters said Monday on the ABC talk show "The View." ABC is owned by Disney, which was in the early stages of planning the marketing for Gibson's next film "Apocalypto," scheduled for release in December.
Gibson had originally released a lengthy statement Saturday apologizing for saying "despicable" things to sheriff's deputies when he was arrested, but he did not elaborate. The entertainment Web site TMZ.com had reported that the sheriff's department was considering eliminating the anti-Semitic remarks from its official report.
The report forwarded to prosecutors cites Gibson as making disparaging comments about Jews, according to the law enforcement official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.
The district attorney's office confirmed prosecutors had received the case and it was under review. A tentative arraignment date was set for Sept. 28.
A sheriff's spokesman Monday defended the department's handling of the case.
"In that case file will be (Gibson's) statement, will be our report, will be everything pertinent to his blood-alcohol level. We have done our job," sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore told reporters Monday at department headquarters. "We hope we've done it with not only professionalism and intelligence, but held to the highest standard of legal and moral imperative."
The Sheriff's Department, he said, was "convinced because of our investigation and because of his own self-illuminating statement that he will be convicted of driving under the influence."
In his statement, Gibson said he has struggled with alcoholism and taken steps "to ensure my return to health."
CNN reported that Gibson has entered rehab.
The actor was "participating in an ongoing program to deal with this," Gibson's publicist, Alan Nierob told The Associated Press on Monday. "The guy is trying to stay alive."
Gibson was arrested after deputies stopped his 2006 Lexus LS 430 for speeding at 2:36 a.m. Friday. Whitmore said deputies clocked him doing 87 mph in a 45 mph zone.
A breath test indicated Gibson's blood-alcohol level was 0.12 percent, Whitmore said. In California, a driver is legally intoxicated at 0.08 percent.
Gibson posted $5,000 bail and was released hours later.
Abraham H. Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, called Gibson's apology "unremorseful and insufficient."
Gibson, 50, won a best-director Oscar for 1995's "Braveheart," and also starred in the "Lethal Weapon" and "Mad Max" films, among others,
In recent years, he has turned his attention to producing films and TV shows through his Icon Productions. His last major starring role was in the 2002 film "Signs." He played a supporting part in the 2003 film, "The Singing Detective," which he also produced.
The hundreds of millions of dollars he made producing the 2004 film "The Passion of the Christ" has given the star the ability to finance his own films, giving him a measure of independence from the major studios.
His next project is "Apocalypto," a movie about the decline of the Mayan empire that is being distributed by The Walt Disney Co.
08-01-06, 04:47 PM #15CopsRCool302 Guest
Mel is a good actor, but we never see there true sides unless they get busted on something.
don't matter who you are, if you drink and drive, you die.. or kill someone else.. I have no feelings for people who think they can take the law into their hands, Mel should have stayed home...
his new movie will be called "The Passion of Bud Lite" in stores now, a must see...
08-01-06, 05:31 PM #16
Meh...what he said doesn't come out of the blue...it speaks to something deep down inside himself.
I think he needs to be locked in a basement with every inch of archival footage and every photo that documents not only the Holocaust, then the centuries of abuse/pograms/discrimination heaped on the Jew.
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