Mel Gibson apologizes for 'despicable' statements after arrest; Police say report won't be 'sanitized'

Published: Saturday July 29, 2006

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"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," Mel Gibson said in a statement released Saturday after reports that the actor made some anti-Semitic remarks when police arrested him for suspicion of drunk driving the other day.

"I disgraced myself and my family with my behavior and for that I am truly sorry," Gibson's statement continued. "I have battled with the disease of alcoholism for all of my adult life and profoundly regret my horrific relapse."

A Time Warner Website posted what it claims are four pages of the arresting officer's police report, which was not released to the press.

"Fucking Jews," cursed Gibson according to the published report. "The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world."

According to an article set for the front page of Sunday's New York Times, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department wouldn't comment on the report's authenticity, but said that more details will be provided soon on the arrest and that nothing will be "sanitized."

"People associated with the case privately acknowledged the report's authenticity, but they agreed to speak only on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation," reports Allison Hope Weiner for The Times.

Another Website was able to get a "confirmation" on the record.

"Lt. Steve Smith, in charge of the detective bureau for the Malibu/Lost Hills station of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, confirmed to me just now that "the contents seem to be similar" between the official reports and the four pages posted by on the Internet alleging Mel Gibson "blurted out a barrage of anti-Semitic remarks" -- "fucking Jews" and "The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world" and asking the arresting deputy "Are you a Jew?" -- during his DUI arrest early Friday morning," reports Nikki Finke for Deadline Hollywood Daily.

Lt. Smith denied that there was any "cover-up."

"There's no whitewash," Smith told Deadline Hollywood Daily. "I've seen the first report, and the supplemental report, and it looks to be the same thing as what's on the Internet."

Excerpts from the Times article:


The film star and director Mel Gibson apologized Saturday for belligerent behavior and for saying what he called "despicable" things that he does "not believe to be true" when he was arrested here on a drunken driving charge the day before.

But Gibson, in a statement, stopped short of addressing claims that he made virulently anti-Semitic remarks to an arresting officer, as described on a Web site that posted several pages of the sheriff's report.


Steve Whitmore, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, declined to comment on the report. But he said the department would eventually disclose details of the arrest. "Nothing will be sanitized," Whitmore said in a statement.

The report of Gibson's outburst struck some people who were already wary of what they saw as anti-Semitic overtones in his 2004 blockbuster "The Passion of the Christ," and who believe that he has failed to disassociate himself clearly enough from remarks by his father denying the Holocaust.

"If it's true what's reported, frequently hatred, bigotry and prejudice, which is controlled, explodes at moments of stress and crisis," said Rabbi Abraham H. Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League. "Liquor loosens the tongue of what's in the mind and in the heart, and in his mind and in his heart is his conspiracy theory about Jews and hatred of Jews."