I’m sure everyone knows by now that Mel Gibson was arrested for drunk driving on Friday. When he was arrested, he was apparently quite belligerant and ranted at the officers arresting him, threatening them and hurling anti-semitic slurs. Even more important, the LA Times is reporting that the LA County Sheriff’s Department issued an abridged complaint that cleaned up what was in the original complaint, erasing the threats and anti-semitic remarks. TMZ.com has a PDF of the original deputy’s report of what happened at the scene, and notes that an audiotape was made at the scene that confirms what was there. I’ll post some of the highlights below the fold:
Once inside the car, a source directly connected with the case says Gibson began banging himself against the seat. The report says Gibson told the deputy, “You mother f****r. I’m going to f*** you.” The report also says “Gibson almost continually [sic] threatened me saying he ‘owns Malibu’ and will spend all of his money to ‘get even’ with me.”
The report says Gibson then launched into a barrage of anti-Semitic statements: “F*****g Jews… The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world.” Gibson then asked the deputy, “Are you a Jew?”
The deputy became alarmed as Gibson’s tirade escalated, and called ahead for a sergeant to meet them when they arrived at the station. When they arrived, a sergeant began videotaping Gibson, who noticed the camera and then said, “What the f*** do you think you’re doing?”
A law enforcement source says Gibson then noticed another female sergeant and yelled, “What do you think you’re looking at, sugar tits?”
We’re told Gibson took two blood alcohol tests, which were videotaped, and continued saying how “f****d” he was and how he was going to “f***” Deputy Mee.
Then there are the accusations of a cover up:
Deputy Mee then wrote an eight-page report detailing Gibson’s rampage and comments. Sources say the sergeant on duty felt it was too “inflammatory.” A lieutenant and captain then got involved and calls were made to Sheriff’s headquarters. Sources say Mee was told Gibson’s comments would incite a lot of “Jewish hatred,” that the situation in Israel was “way too inflammatory.” It was mentioned several times that Gibson, who wrote, directed, and produced 2004′s “The Passion of the Christ,” had incited “anti-Jewish sentiment” and “For a drunk driving arrest, is this really worth all that?”
We’re told Deputy Mee was then ordered to write another report, leaving out the incendiary comments and conduct. Sources say Deputy Mee was told the sanitized report would eventually end up in the media and that he could write a supplemental report that contained the redacted information — a report that would be locked in the watch commander’s safe.
Initially, a Sheriff’s official told TMZ the arrest occurred “without incident.” On Friday night, Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore told TMZ: “The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department investigation into the arrest of Mr. Gibson on suspicion of driving under the influence will be complete and will contain every factual piece of evidence. Nothing will be sanitized. There was absolutely no favoritism shown to this suspect or any other. When this file is presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney, it will contain everything. Nothing will be left out.”
No one should be surprised by the anti-semitic slurs. Gibson’s father, notoriously, is part of a virulently anti-semitic sect of Catholicism and is a holocaust denier. And while Gibson has always said that he shouldn’t be held responsible for his father’s views, he has spent millions of dollars promoting and building churches for that bizarre group of whackos, so it’s pretty clear he agrees with him.
Gibson released a statement yesterday in which he blamed the whole thing on his “disease of alcoholism”. Every time I hear about the “disease” of alcoholism, my teeth get set on edge. Alcoholism is not a disease. And the only thing that blaming this kind of behavior on alcohol does is make him both an asshole and a drunk.