Saturday, July 29, 2006

Celebrity Justice

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Category: cynical News and Politics

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Deputy: Mel Gibson obscene after arrest

MALIBU, Calif., July 29 (UPI) -- Actor Mel Gibson cursed at a police officer who arrested him for drunk driving in California and made anti-Semitic remarks, reported.

Gibson was pulled over on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu early Friday morning. said the Los Angeles sheriff's deputy who stopped the Oscar-winning filmmaker reported that Gibson became truculent, using obscenities, threatening to "get even" and asking him if he was a Jew.

The Web site says that after Deputy James Mee wrote a full report describing Gibson's behavior, superior officers decided it was "inflammatory."

They allegedly talked about Gibson's movie, "The Passion of the Christ," which was described in some quarters as anti-Semitic, and worried about the effect of press reports of Gibson's behavior given the situation in the Middle East.

Mee was reportedly told to write an expurgated version of his report and promised that the full report would go to the District Attorney, reported.


According to news reports, "Gibson's 2006 Lexus was speeding on the Pacific Coast Highway when officers stopped him at 2.36am (local time) today, Los Angeles County Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said.

The 50-year-old actor and director, whose 2004 film The Passion of the Christ was a smash hit, was going 140 kph in a 72 kph zone when he was stopped, and officers smelled alcohol on his breath, Whitmore said.

"He was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence," Whitmore said.

Gibson was given a sobriety test, and a subsequent breath test indicated his blood alcohol level was 0.12 per cent, Whitmore said. The legal limit in California is 0.08 per cent."

Whitmore said Gibson was given a citation, and the matter would be reviewed by detectives to determine if drink driving charges would be filed at a future date (my italics).


Good thing he didn't throw a telephone.


From the

Sheriff's deputies arrest Gibson for alleged DUI

Mel Gibson was arrested in Malibu early Friday on suspicion that he might have indulged in a little passion of the Schlitz before driving.

Actually, we don't know what he's alleged to have been imbibing, but "passion of the pinot noir" doesn't have quite the same ring to it, does it? In any event, Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies said he was booked on suspicion of driving under the influence.


How about "Passion of the Cristol"? The man can certainly afford it.