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Mel Gibson Accounts for his Drunken Anti-Semitic Tirade (Part 1 of 2)

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Published on Oct 11, 2011

On July 28, 2006 at 3:10 a.m. famed celebrity actor Mel Gibson was pulled over for speeding along the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California. Gibson was traveling at 80 miles per hour, 35 miles per hour over the legal speed limit. The police gave Gibson an alcohol breath test and a field sobriety test. They discovered that his blood alcohol level was .12, far exceeding the state's legal limit. Deputy James Mee, one of the responding officers, claimed that Gibson was irate, saying "My life is f****d." The deputy then instructed Gibson that he would not use his cuffs if Gibson would cooperate. Gibson responded: "I'm not going to get in your car" and proceeded to make a mad dash toward his own car. The officers subdued Gibson, cuffed him, and placed him in the back of the police car. Gibson became even more irate and issued a series of inflammatory comments to the police. He is reported to have told the officers: "F*****g Jews. The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world." Gibson then asked one of the officers, "Are you a Jew?" He then said to Deputy Mee, "I own Malibu" and "I will spend all of my money to get even with you." A female sergeant approached Gibson and he said to her: "What do you think you're looking at sugar tits?" Gibson was booked into the Lost Hills Sheriff's station at 4:06 a.m. He spent a few hours in lockup before being released on $5,000 bail at 9:45 a.m. After Gibson's release, Deputy Mee claimed that his superiors in the police department asked him to submit a sanitized version of the report—one that omits the more inflammatory comments—because they felt that it would "incite Jewish hatred." In the following interview with Diane Sawyer on Good Morning America, Gibson grapples with the reasons he utilized such incendiary language in discussing the Jewish community.

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