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The rabbi who invited crazy Mel Gibson to speak at his temple tells TMZ.com that the actor/director has officially declined the invitation to appear before the Jewish congregation. For now, anyway. You never know!

Rabbi David Baron says he was recently contacted by a representative for Gibson, who received probation as part of a plea bargain for his drunken tirade last month. His rep claimed the actor remains "deeply involved in personal work which includes rehab, therapy and counseling for alcoholism."

He Looks So Normal Here

Baron, the Rabbi for the Temple of the Arts, asked Mel Gibson to his temple on Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement. In the letter, Baron made it clear that he "did not invite Mel Gibson to speak; I invited him to deliver a public apology."

In accordance with Gibson's situation, Baron says he has extended the offer to a later date. In addition to the invitations, the rabbi says he has also volunteered to join with a group of Jewish leaders dedicated to educate Gibson about the dangers of anti-Semitism. Hopefully, they remember that he's tight with cops!

Late Friday afternoon, Gibson's publicist, Nierob, told TMZ that Gibson hasn't declined any offers, and hasn't even discussed any offers with the publicist. It's way too soon in his recovery, Nierob said, and frankly he is not interested in anything public or a photo op.

As for Rabbi Baron's statement that Gibson rejected his request to appear at Yom Kippur services, Nierob said:

"I was very clear when I spoke to the kind Rabbi yesterday that I cannot even bring any requests to my client at this time, as it is inappropriate and too early in his recovery process. He completely understood my position on this and even offered to meet with my client at a later time if and when appropriate. Also, I told him that the public nature of the request was also inappropriate."

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According to the Los Angeles Times, Mel Gibson must attend AA meetings, perform public service announcements and pay $1,300 in fines as part of a plea agreement to resolve his drunk driving charges. An attorney for the actor/director made a "no contest" plea this morning in a Malibu courtroom, weeks before the actor was to be arraigned.

Gibson was not present.

Sexy Mel Gibson

The embattled star pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of driving with an alcohol level of .08 percent or above. As part of the deal, two other charges -- including driving with an open container of alcohol -- were thrown out.

Gibson's attorney, Blair Berk, said when it comes to misdemeanor cases, she usually comes to court sans her clients prior the scheduled date. She said in her 15 years of going to the Malibu courthouse, none of her misdemeanor clients have appeared.

The district attorney's office expressed satisfaction with the outcome and closure of the case.

"This was an appropriate outcome, which addresses all the public safety concerns of drinking and driving," D.A. Gina Satriano said in a statement.

According to the district attorney's office, the 50-year-old actor and director, who has a history of drinking issues, must attend AA meetings five times a week for 4.5 months, then three AA meetings per week for the remaining 7.5 months. By T.H. Gossip math, that's... a f*%king ton of meetings!

Gibson, who made headlines not only for his drunk driving, but for the odd and inflammatory tirade that followed, also must enroll in an alcohol abuse program for three months. In addition, Gibson must pay $1,300 in fines and his license will be restricted for 90 days.

The actor volunteered to do a public service announcement on the hazards of drinking and driving, and to immediately enter rehab, prosecutors said. Can they reverse his hatred for the wonderful Jews and gays in this world, though? We'll have to wait and see.

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This edition of Celebrity Look-Alikes goes outside the box... or spider-hole, if you will. And we will.

While it may seem crass to liken Mel Gibson to notorious former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, and it is, consider that these upstanding gentlemen have something in common. They both hate Jews! A lot! Plus, there's just something about their mutually scraggly appearance that made this photo comparison inevitable.

Mel: Troubled Fella

Who is who?

We can barely tell these guys apart! Now, before all you offended Mel supporters start bombarding us with email, think about how good the drunken, rampaging lunatic actor looks compared to the despot who once used chemical weapons on his own citizens. See? We're only trying to help Gibson out.

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Troubled actor and producer Mel Gibson doesn't have to fear for his career, Business Week says -- the economics of working with him are just too good.

Sure he drives drunk and is an arrogant lout who hates Jews and possibly gays too. While Mel has claimed repeatedly that he's not anti-Semetic, let's recall, in the interest of any new readers, that following his July 28 arrest in Malibu, Calif., the 50-year-old actor blamed the world's ills on the Jewish population. Yeah.

Mel Gibson and Some Sketchy Old Guy

But while Hollywood insiders are plenty upset by Gibson's behavior, none of them are particularly surprised by it.

"[Gibson] is a misogynistic bully and anti-Semitic jerk, and we all knew it," one anonymous source said, and quickly added "his great value is that he always showed up on the set at 7 a.m. ready to work."

That's what it comes down to. Gibson always makes money for the guys who run the studios. Which is why, when the this dies down, Mel will likely be just as big a star as he was when he climbed into his 2006 Lexus for an evening of carousing at Moonshadows cafe in Malibu.

Inexcusable as his actions are, Hollywood will eventually overlook Mel's Neanderthal ideas. It's a matter of simple dollars and sense. As long as Mel makes dollars, it will make sense to have him around. Hollywood has a long history of this.

As one of the best actors working today, no one was all that concerned when Russell Crowe threw a phone at a hotel employee. Back in the days of yore, studios even hired folks specifically to keep bad news out of the press.

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Patrick Swayze and Jodie Foster have spoken out in support of Mel Gibson after the troubled actor's drunken, anti-Semitic rant made after the L.A. Sheriff's Department arrested him for DUI on Friday, July 28.

According to Swayze, Gibson is "a wonderful human being (who) is not anti-Semitic."

Robert Downey Jr. and Mel Gibson

According to Gibson's tirade, well, that's another story.

Blaming Gibson's problem with alcohol, Swayze told Britain's GMTV that the recent incident is not indicative of the man he knows.

"People say stupid things when they happen to have a few, and especially if you don't drink anymore, or have limited your drinking for a long time and all of a sudden you decide to have one too many with the boys -- you are stupid," Swayze said.

Gibson, 50, has twice apologized for his remarks. He was officially charged last week with two misdemeanor counts of driving while intoxicated and has enlisted criminal defense attorney Blair Berk, who previously has represented high-profile clients such as Paul Reubens, Cameron Diaz, Lindsay Lohan and Queen Latifah.

"Talent deserves to be honored. Hands deserve to be slapped if you do something stupid as well, but don't take it too far," Swayze added.

Translation: If you are a rich, talented actor and director, people should just back off after awhile! Geez!

Foster, meanwhile, told the Los Angeles Times that she does not believe that Gibson's drunkenness excuses hurtful remarks, but at the same time, her colleague is not an anti-Semite.

"Is he an anti-Semite? Absolutely not. But it's no secret that he has always fought a terrible battle with alcoholism," Foster said.

Dean Devlin, a friend who had spent the afternoon before the arrest with Gibson, echoed that sentiment.

"I have been with Mel when he has fallen off, and he becomes a completely different person. It is pretty horrifying," he said. "If Mel is an anti-Semite, then he spends a lot of time with us, which makes no sense. But he is an alcoholic, and while that makes no excuse for what he said, because there is no excuse, I believe it was the disease speaking, not the man."

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We knew the Mel Gibson saga was weird, but this one surprised even the perpetually inquiring, amused minds at T.H. Gossip.

Available for free by following this link is a ringtone that reenacts Gibson's drunken, belligerent anti-Semetic wrath as showcased so wonderfully during his arrest on Friday.

Are You EFFING SERIOUS?!??!?!

The "Mel in Malibu" ringtone is the first in a series of absurd ones being developed by National Lampoon. One can only assume that future ringtones to be developed and marketed include:

  • Tom Cruise declaring his undying love for Katie Holmes
  • Kevin Federline rapping at the Teen Choice Awards (even though it's serious, this is quite possibly more ridiculous than anything else)
  • Lindsay Lohan panting, sweating, desperately trying to catch her breath (while suffering from exhaustion and all)
  • Peter Cook apologizing to Christie Brinkley
  • Nicole Richie projectile vomiting
  • Paris Hilton...

Come on. This is just too easy.

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Suffice it to say, this has not been the best week for Mel Gibson.

In addition to his alcohol problems, the actor/director clearly has some pent-up rage against the world's Jews, and he apparently doesn't particularly care for homosexuals either. But according to TMZ.com, Mel is close with the law enforcement community. Unless, of course, they happen to be doing their jobs, and pull him over for driving double the speed limit. Drunk. In which case, he belligerently threatens them.

Good Old Mel

In any case, TMZ has turned up a video shot by Extra in which Gibson is shown alongside Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca. On the tape, the actor talks about his close relationship with the Sheriff's Department and is praised by its top official. Gibson served as spokesman at an event for the Los Angeles Sheriff's Star Organization (LASSO), a foundation that gives scholarships to the children of fallen deputies.

"I was late in coming here today and I think I almost got a ticket," Gibson jokes on the video, while appearing surprisingly sober.

The Sheriff called Mel "a wonderful man," and during the interview, Gibson talked about how one particular deputy would come by his home every few weeks.

"Officer Friendly pops around and just checks to see how things are. He just has a cup of coffee for ten minutes and hits the road. All my friends are cops… I get on with them."

Sure. Meanwhile, one of the stars of Gibson's new movie, Apocalypto, has come to the director's defense, saying the recent DUI arrest / anti-Semitic rampage does not represent the Mel he knows.

Mauricio Amuy Tenorio, a former model who stars as a Mayan chief in the film, said in an interview that the Gibson scandal has taken him by complete surprise.

"I don't have the right to judge what he did," he said, adding that he's never heard anti-Semitic remarks from Gibson on the set. "I don't want to say that he's anti-Jewish."

You don't have to, Mauricio. He already did a pretty good job of it!

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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.

  • Mel Gibson mug shot
  • Nick Nolte mug shot

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.

  • Mel Gibson Smirks
  • Zach Braff Pic

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.

Mel G.

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?

Mel Gibson Biography

Mel Gibson mug shot Mel Gibson used to be known only for acting and directing. Now, you can add hating Jews to that list. Despite massive success as an actor... More »
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