Anti-defamation League Accepts Gibson's Apology
LATEST: The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has accepted Mel Gibson's apology for making anti-Semitic remarks after he was arrested last Friday (28JUL06) in Malibu, California. The Oscar-winner was stopped by authorities for speeding and made several inflammatory comments including, "The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world." Gibson issued an apology on Saturday (29JUL06) as well as a more detailed response on Tuesday (01AUG06) which included a direct reference to his controversial comments. In his second statement the actor said, "I am not a bigot. I am in the process of understanding where those vicious words came form during that drunken display, and I am asking the Jewish community, whom I have personally offended, to help me on my journey through recovery. Again, I am reaching out to the Jewish community for its help." In response, ADL National Director ABRAHAM H FOXMAN issued a statement saying, "This is the apology we had sought and requested. "We are glad that Mel Gibson has finally owned up to the fact that he made anti-Semitic remarks, and his apology sounds sincere. "We welcome his efforts to repair the damage he has caused, to reach out to the Jewish community, and to seek help. "Once he completes his rehabilitation for alcohol abuse, we will be ready and willing to help him with his second rehabilitation to combat this disease of prejudice." Gibson has since been invited to speak to the Jewish Community on their holy day of atonement, Yom Kippur, in a bid to smooth relations.