Mel Gibson: 'I Disgraced Myself and My Family'
July 31, 2006

Mel Gibson has found himself right in the center of scandal rocking Hollywood, a scandal that includes allegations of anti-Semitism, star treatment and now, an explosive new charge leveled against the LA County Sheriff's Department.

Harvey Levin, managing editor of TMZ.com, first broke the story of Gibson's Friday morning arrest in Malibu on suspicion of DUI. During the incident, Gibson reportedly said, "The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world." He went on to say "****ing Jews."

Now, Levin has shocking new information about how the Oscar winner acted when he was behind bars.

"This is a case of a huge Hollywood star and a sheriff that went to unbelievable lengths to protect him," Levin revealed. "In addition to the anti-Semitic remarks, Mel Gibson was out of control."

Levin continued, "I'm told he tried unzipping his pants to urinate in the booking cell. He took a pay phone and slammed the receiver against the phone. Ultimately, they threw him in a detox cell.

Yet, the Sheriff's department later reported that Gibson's arrest happened, "without incident."

Tonight there's a growing outcry to know what really happened. "The deputy who arrested Mel Gibson was ordered to take out all the incendiary conduct," Levin revealed. "All of the incendiary comments to make it look like nothing really happened."

But Sheriff Spokesman Steve Whitmore denied that Gibson received special treatment. "We are doing this investigation like we would do any other," he assured us.

Now "Extra" is uncovering Mel's close ties to the sheriff's department. 

In 2003, he made a public service announcement dressed in full uniform and playfully pulled over actor Scott Baio.

TMZ also reports that this isn't the first time Gibson has been pulled over. The sheriff's department stopped Gibson twice before for speeding, but let the Hollywood hotshot go.

In one of those instances, according to TMZ, the deputy believed Gibson had been drinking.

Just two years ago, Gibson admitted to his battle with booze to Diane Sawyer, "I would get addicted to anything. Anything at all," Gibson had said. "Sometimes I used to drive inebriated.  I mean this is the height of careless stupidity. I look back on that now and go, 'What was I thinking?'"

Also in that interview, just before the release of Gibson's controversial "Passion of the Christ," the star denied suspicions that he is anti-Semitic.

"For me it goes against the tenets of my faith to be racist in any form," he said. "To be anti-Semitic is a sin."

Today Gibson released this statement: "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 disgraced myself and my family with my behavior, and for that, I am truly sorry."

Gibson's first court date has been set for Sept. 28.


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