The blogging aficionados at TMZ.com 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.
“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.
It gets better/worse. Once inside the car, Gibson began banging against the seat.
“You motherf–ker. I’m going to f–k you,” he yelled.
The deputy, in the report, wrote that “Gibson almost continually [sic] threatened me saying he ‘owns Malibu’ and will spend all of his money to ‘get even’ with me.” The report also states that Gibson launched into a tirade of anti-Semitic statements, exclaiming “F–king Jews… The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world.” Gibson then asked the deputy if he is Jewish.
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–k do you think you’re doing?”
Gibson then allegedly saw a female sergeant and yelled, “What do you think you’re looking at, sugar tits?”
TMZ has been told that Gibson took two blood alcohol tests, which were videotaped, and continued saying how “f–ked” he was and how he was going to “f–k” the deputy who arrested him. He was then put in a cell with handcuffs on. He said he needed to urinate, and tried manipulating his hands to unzip his pants. Afraid Gibson was going to urinate on the floor of the cell, the deputy asked someone to take Gibson to the bathroom.
After leaving the bathroom, Gibson demanded to make a phone call, and was taken to a pay phone, where he began bashing the receiver against the phone when he didn’t hear a dial tone. Gibson was warned that if he damaged the phone he could be charged with felony vandalism. Gibson was then asked, and refused, to sign the necessary paperwork, and was thrown in a detox cell.
Deputy Mee wrote an eight-page report detailing Mel Gibson’s rampage and comments. Sources say the sergeant on duty felt the written report was inflammatory, especially given the current situation in Israel. It was mentioned several times that Gibson had incited “anti-Jewish sentiment” and “For a drunk driving arrest, is this really worth all that?”
Deputy Mee was then ordered to write a second report, leaving the comments about Jews out. Sources say he was told the sanitized report would end up in the media, and that he could file a supplemental report that contained the incendiary information, which would be locked in the commander’s safe.
Initially, a Sheriff’s official told TMZ the arrest occurred without incident. On Friday night, 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.”
On Saturday, Gibson released the following statement:
“After drinking alcohol on Thursday night, I did a number of things that were very wrong and for which I am ashamed. I drove a car when I should not have, and was stopped by the LA County Sheriffs. The arresting officer was just doing his job and I feel fortunate that I was apprehended before I caused injury to any other person. 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 am deeply ashamed of everything I said. Also, I take this opportunity to apologize to the deputies involved for my belligerent behavior. They have always been there for me in my community and indeed probably saved me from myself. I disgraced myself and my family with my behavior and for that I am truly sorry. I have battled with the disease of alcoholism for all of my adult life and 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.”