Mel Gibson took heat back in 2003 when a New York Times Magazine profile of his father, quoted the elder Hutton Gibson, leader of a traditionalist Catholic movement, as denying that six million Jews were killed during the Holocaust.
I never felt the son should pay for the views of the father. Even if I left The Passion of the Christ thinking the boy had some issues.
A celebrity Web site called TMZ.com has published portions of a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department handwritten report after the star's arrest on suspicion of drunk driving Friday morning. Gibson is described as being abusive, shouting anti-Jewish slurs, like - "the Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world," saying he owned Malibu and trying to escape from custody.
Andrew Sullivan writes on his Time blog: "Either this is an extremely elaborate hoax or it's the end of Gibson's career."
The Los Angeles Times on Sunday quotes "a source close to the investigation" as saying that the document is authentic. The paper reports that the department's civilian oversight office will probe whether Gibson received preferential treatment. On Friday, a Sheriff's Department spokesman had told reporters that Gibson was arrested earlier that day in Malibu "without incident." The arresting deputy's report has not been released to the public.
Gibson was stopped at 2:30 Friday morning after a deputy watched his Lexus LS traveling the Pacific Coast Highway at more than 80 mph - nearly twice the speed limit. There was a bottle of Tequila in the car. Gibson's blood-alcohol level was measured at 0.12% - the state limit is 0.08%.
The Times wrote:
In the written pages posted on http://www.tmz.com , the arresting deputy identified as James Mee wrote that after cooperating at first, Gibson became "increasingly belligerent as he took stock of his predicament."
The deputy said he told Gibson "that if he remained cooperative, I would transport him without handcuffing."
Instead, he said, Gibson tried to flee back to his car. After he was subdued and handcuffed, the actor told the deputy: "You're going to regret you ever did this to me."
Gibson, the report continued, then said he "owned Malibu" and launched a "barrage of anti-Semitic remarks."
Those remarks included Gibson's statement that "the Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world," the report said. After that, Gibson allegedly asked the deputy: "Are you a Jew?"
Saturday Gibson issued a statement apologizing for his "despicable" behavior during the arrest. He did not specify what he had said or done.
"I acted like a person completely out of control when I was arrested," the statement reads, "and said things that I do not believe to be true and which are despicable. I am deeply ashamed of everything I said."
His statement acknowledges he has battled alcoholism as an adult, and added, "I
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."
Marty at Booman Tribune empathizes, to a point:
When I get drunk I'm known to make flippant remarks. Nothing too embarrassing. Sometimes an apology is required. To date, I've never become so unhinged as to ask a cop: "What do you think you're looking at, sugar tits?", but I'm still young.
He leaves on this point:
I've come to the conclusion that if someone makes a grand display of their piety that the chances are very strong that they are a deeply immoral and disturbed individual.
Of course, Jesus said the same thing.