Mel Gibson gives cops hell
July 29, 2006
Michelle Caruso, Daily News Staff Writer
ReligionNewsBlog.com • Saturday July 29, 2006
LOS ANGELES – A blitzed Mel Gibson launched into an obscenity-laced tirade when he was busted on suspicion of drunken driving early yesterday, threatening an officer and making anti-Semitic and sexually abusive remarks, according to a police report.
The “Passion of the Christ” director repeatedly said, “My life is f—-d,” according to the report by Los Angeles County Deputy James Mee, which was obtained by TMZ.com. The celebrity news Web site posted excerpts of the handwritten report.
Gibson, 50, was pulled over for speeding at 3:10 a.m. on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, Calif., cops said. The Oscar-winning “Braveheart” star and director was driving 80 mph when he was snared by a radar trap, sheriff’s deputies said. The speed limit in that area is 45 mph to 55 mph.
Gibson failed both alcohol breath and field sobriety tests, deputies said. His blood-alcohol level was .12, Deputy Anthony Moore said. The legal limit is .08 in California.
According to the incident report obtained by TMZ.com, the Road Warrior embarked on a belligerent, anti-Semitic outburst when he realized he had been busted.
“F—–g Jews. The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world,” Mee’s report quotes him as saying.
“Are you a Jew?” Gibson asked the deputy, according to the report.
The actor also berated the deputy, threatening, “You motherf—-r. I’m going to f— you,” according to Mee’s report.
The actor also told the cop he “owns Malibu” and would spend all his money “to get even with me,” Mee said in his report.
TMZ quoted a law enforcement source as saying Gibson noticed a female sergeant on the scene and yelled at her, “What do you think you’re looking at, sugar t–s?”
Deputy Mee then wrote an eight-page report detailing of the incident, but higher-ups in the sheriff’s department felt it was too “inflammatory” to release and would merely serve to incite “Jewish hatred,” TMZ said.
Reached for comment on TMZ’s report last night, Deputy Moore said the department would neither deny nor confirm its content. He could offer no explanation for why Mee’s report was withheld from reporters.
Gibson rep Alan Neirob could not be reached for comment last night.
Earlier, when asked about the arrest, his assistant said in an e-mailed statement, “At this time we don’t have any information on this matter but are checking into it.”
A devout Catholic, Gibson has been dogged by allegations of anti-Semitism – which he has steadfastly denied – since his 2004 film “The Passion of the Christ,” about the crucifixion of Jesus.
Once known as a Hollywood bad boy, the Aussie-raised Gibson was known to down five beers before breakfast at his partying peak. But Gibson has said he gave up drinking in the 1980s at the urging of Tina Turner, his co-star in “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.”
Gibson was previously busted for driving under the influence in 1984. In that case, he ran a red light and struck another car in Toronto while filming “Mrs. Soffel” with Diane Keaton. He pleaded guilty and was fined $240.
After yesterday’s bust, Gibson was booked at the Lost Hills sheriff’s station at 4:06 a.m. The father of seven spent a few hours in the lockup before being released on $5,000 bail at 9:45 a.m., sheriff’s deputies said.
His case will be further investigated and sent to the district attorney’s office for review. No court date has been set.
The sheriff’s department has previously released mug shots of other stars arrested for drunken driving, including actress Kim Delaney in 2002, but Gibson’s booking photo “was not available,” according to department spokesman Steve Whitmore.
Sheriff Lee Baca personally ordered Gibson’s mug kept under wraps, a deputy told the Daily News.
The California Highway Patrol, which has busted stars including Nick Nolte and former “Growing Pains” cutie Tracey Gold for DUI, routinely releases stars’ mug shots, no matter how unflattering.
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