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When was the last time Nick Nolte was in the news? Not recently, but he can thank Mel Gibson. Who probably hates him and wishes he would die a slow, painful death. But no matter. The reason for our latest Photo Finish segment? Both of these fine, upstanding citizens were busted for driving under the influence on the same stretch of California Highway 1, better known as the Pacific Coast Highway. Their respective mug shots appear below.

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Good Lord, Nick! Strangely enough, Mel looks significantly happier to be there, yet it was he who threatened police and made a littany of inflammatory remarks about how much he hates Jews. This one's too close to call. Who wins top Malibu Mug Shot Honors in your opinion?

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As we discussed yesterday, everyone is chiming in about Mel Gibson. The latest individual being lovable Scrubs star Zach Braff, who claims in his official blog that he wants his money back from Bird On A Wire.

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The 31-year old actor, who is Jewish, was probably less than thrilled about Gibson's anti-semetic tirade last Friday.

But, if it's any consolation, evidently Mel hates gays too, and probably a whole host of other ethnic groups we just don't know about yet.

Braff, whose blog also talks about his new myspace page and some of his musical interests, has reportedly been laying low since his difficult breakup with singer and actress Mandy Moore. He will be back on the set of Scrubs when the quirky sitcom kicks off its sixth year.

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Following his arrest and embarrassing, hateful tirade, Mel Gibson has been officially charged with misdemeanor drunken driving, having an elevated blood-alcohol level and having an open container of liquor in his car.

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A statement issued by Deputy District Attorney Ralph Shapiro says that the 50-year old actor was charged with one misdemeanor count each of driving under the influence and driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 percent or higher.

"Gibson was stopped about 2:09 a.m. Friday on Pacific Coast Highway after a Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy allegedly observed him driving his 2006 Lexus LS at more than 85 mph. An open bottle of tequila allegedly was found in his car," the statement says.

He was released on Friday on his own recognizance, with an arraignment set for September 28 in Malibu, Calif., Superior Court, Division 3. Gibson is looking at up to six months in jail if convicted.

Poor guy. And, as if endangering the public, threatening police and spreading anti-semistism weren't enough for one week, Gibson is now being accused of homophobia as well. According to MSNBC, the actor made several anti-gay comments during a 1992 interview.

When Spanish newspaper El Pais asked Gibson about homosexuals in 1992, he reportedly shot back: "They take it up the a$$"."

Then, pointing at his rear end, he said, "This is only for taking a sh!t."

Classy. To make matters worse, Gibson then told the reporter that he was once worried that if he became an actor, people would think he was gay.

"But with this look, who's going to think I'm gay? It would be hard to take me for someone like that. Do I sound like a homosexual? Do I talk like them? Do I move like them?" Mel asked.

After some people were offended by his comments, Playboy magazine asked the actor in a future interview if he would apologize.

"I'll apologize when hell freezes over," was his response.

And when the Washington Post asked Gibson if he was a tolerant person?

"Ahhh, I like to think I am. Perhaps I'm not," he said.

So, in summation, Mel really doesn't like gay people or Jews. All he has to do now, Us Weekly slyly notes, is go on diatribe against plastic surgery and he'll officially have alienated everyone in Hollywood. Go for it, Mel! Why stop now?

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How should Mel Gibson repent? What can he do to make up for the Jewish insults he hurled around like matzah balls last week?

Comedian Joy Behar (left) has one idea.

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On The View, Behar said that Gibson "needs to be welcomed into the Jewish community by a public circumcision."

Behar also expressed doubt that Gibson's recent apology will result in any significant change in him as a person.

"People like him have it in them to just hate," she said.

Earlier this week, Barbara Walters had said she'd never see another Gibson movie again -- and says that his second apology hasn't changed her mind.

We're sure a third and fourth are also forthcoming. The man is really sorry! But Mel should remain on the lookout when Rosie O'Donnell joins the program. She probably has a koosh ball or two to shoot his way.

Everyone's talking about Mel this week -- even the President has gotten involved. At a press conference in the White House press room today (the last one before the West Wing room undergoes a complete remodeling), George W. Bush was asked whether Gibson deserved forgiveness.

According to, it wasn't clear who specifically posed that ethical quandary, but it came from the general vicinity of veteran newsman Sam Donaldson, who Bush chided.

"Is that Sam Donaldson? Forget it, you're a has-been. We don't have to answer has-been's questions," the President joked.

The press corps, understandably, got quite a kick out of the whole thing.


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As Mel Gibson made his second apology to the Jewish community yesterday for his drunken anti-Semitic rampage following his DUI arrest Friday, Jewish leaders and pundits alike suggested how the obviously troubled actor might find a cure.

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"Maybe there needs to be a J.A. -- a Jewish Anonymous -- where we can work with him to show him that what he said is hurtful and what he can do to help change that perception," said Joseph Potasnik, Executive Vice president of the New York Board of Rabbis.

"Mel Gibson needs to truly understand... the pain of Jewish history, and he needs to learn about the Jewish people. I would start with a visit to the Holocaust Museum in Washington," he added.

Abraham Foxman, director of the Anti-Defamation League, agreed.

"Two years ago, I was told by his publicist that he wants to meet with me and have an understanding. I'm still waiting. There is no course, there is no curriculum. We need in-depth conversation. It's therapy -- and the most important step in any therapy is to admit that you have a problem, which is a step he's already taken," Foxman said.

Gibson seems to be sober and on the same page, at least for now. He apologized Monday, announcing through a spokesman that he would undergo rehab for alcohol abuse, then added yesterday that he is in the process of understanding where his repressed anger stems from, and wants to reach out to leaders of the Jewish community to make amends.

"There is no excuse, nor should there be any tolerance, for anyone who thinks or expresses any kind of anti-Semitic remark. Please know from my heart that I am not an anti-Semite. I am not a bigot," he said.

In addition to the remarks from prominent figures in the Jewish community, the New York Daily News has outlined a 12-Step Program for Gibson:

  1. Read The Diary of Anne Frank; Night, by Elie Wiesel; The Chosen, by Chaim Potok; From Beirut to Jerusalem, by Thomas L. Friedman, and Maus, by Art Spiegelman.
  2. See the films Life Is Beautiful, Sophie's Choice, Schindler's List, even Exodus.
  3. Watch Paper Clips, a documentary about Christian children who, to comprehend the number of Jews killed in the Holocaust, collected 6 million paper clips.
  4. Visit the Holocaust museums in New York, Washington and Jerusalem.
  5. Visit Auschwitz.
  6. Or the Western Wall.
  7. Read the Old Testament.
  8. Go to a Passover Seder.
  9. Or a Sabbath dinner.
  10. Sit shiva.
  11. Have a sitdown with Mel Brooks, Woody Allen and Billy Crystal.
  12. As atonement, eat 10 pounds of pastrami, which Zero Mostel said "killed more Jews than Hitler."

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Stunningly, in the wake of the Mel Gibson DUI arrest / anti-semetic rampage, ABC has pulled the plug on a miniseries about the Holocaust that it was developing with actor's production company, Icon.

"Given that it has been nearly two years and we have yet to see the first draft of a script, we have decided to no longer pursue this project with Icon," an ABC representative told the Wall Street Journal.


The representative declined to comment further on why the project had been shelved, but the timing is awfully convenient, no?

The series was canceled despite the support of Oren Aviv, the new head of the Disney film studio, who released a statement earlier this week saying:

"I've worked with Mel on several films over the years and we have a great relationship. We all make mistakes and I've accepted his apology to what was a regrettable situation. I wish him the very best on his path to healing," Aviv said.

Disney, which is owned by ABC, said yesterday that it would continue with plans to distribute Gibson's next movie, Apocalypto, about the fall of the Mayan empire, which is scheduled for release December 8.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has just released actor Mel Gibson's booking photo (below) from his Friday morning arrest, and the story-breakers at have posted it. Mel looks like he's had a few!


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TMZ, which broke the Mel Gibson drunk driving scandal Friday, is reporting that the actor was stopped two previous times for driving recklessly in Malibu -- but was allowed to leave without a ticket or arrest.

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Gibson was arrested on Friday for suspicion of driving under the influence on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, driving 87 miles an hour. The deputy who arrested Gibson, James Mee, was ordered to sanitize his arrest report to make it appear as if Gibson's arrest was "without incident." But, as we known, the report states Gibson was abusive, violent and vulgar, and even attempted to escape authorities.

Now, TMZ has learned that three years ago, Gibson was driving 74 miles an hour on the Pacific Coast Highway, one mile from his house, when he was pulled over by a Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy. Sources say Gibson avoided eye contact during the traffic stop, and while the deputy was suspicious of Gibson's sobriety, he let him leave.

Then, last year, Gibson was stopped again, after driving 64 miles an hour on the Pacific Coast Highway (where the speed limit is 45). Sources say he was on his cell phone the entire time he was detained by the deputy, and ultimately was let go without a citation.

As for this Friday's arrest, TMZ has confirmed that the deputy was ordered by superiors to re-write the arrest report and eliminate all references to Gibson's bad conduct and anti-Semitic remarks. Sources say Gibson told the arresting deputy that he was leaving home just after 2 a.m. and heading to his brother's house. The arresting deputy found a bottle of tequila in the car, 3/4 full, in a brown paper bag.

Gibson told the deputy that the bottle wasn't his but that he'd "had a little bit."

The actor, who issued a statement over the weekend suggesting he was not of sound mind when he uttered the anti-Semitic tirade and engaged in abusive behavior, was drunk but in control of his senses. At one point, Gibson was "jumping like a monkey" on a steel cage and told the arresting deputy, "I'm not going to hurt you physically. I'm gonna hurt you. I'm gonna make you lose."

Deputies at the Sheriff's station were star struck by Gibson, and a number of them went to Gibson's holding cell to get a look at him. Sadly for the deputies, a mounted camera in the station shows them fawning over Gibson, and some of the officers who were caught on tape have been warned that they might be subject to discipline.


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The blogging aficionados at have alerted the Gossip to the fact that Mel Gibson apparently went on a rampage Friday after being arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, and that the Los Angeles police may have tried to cover up the extent of the actor's tirade.

According to the report filed by the L.A. County Sheriff's Department, Gibson freaked after being pulled over on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, Calif., and told he was going to be detained for drunk driving. The actor began swearing uncontrollably. Racial epithets were apparently thrown around like Paris Hilton at an all-night fraternity party.

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"My life is f--ked," the Passion of the Christ director reportedly said.

Worried that Gibson might become violent, the deputy on the scene, James Mee, told the actor he would not be handcuffed as long as he cooperated. As the two stood next to the hood of the patrol car, the deputy asked Gibson to get inside, at which point Mel proclaimed "I'm not going to get in your car," and bolted to his own vehicle. The deputy quickly subdued Gibson, cuffed him and put him inside the patrol car.

The deputy taped the entire exchange between himself and Gibson, from the time of the traffic stop to the time Gibson was put in the patrol car, and that the tape fully corroborates the written report obtained by TMZ.

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