Gibson's Arrester: 'I Don't Want To Ruin His Career'

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LATEST: The California police officer who arrested Mel Gibson for drink driving on Friday (28JUL06) regrets hurting the actor's reputation among allegations he made anti-Semitic comments during the incident. Los Angeles County Sheriff Deputy JAMES MEE arrested The Passion Of The Christ film-maker in Malibu, California on suspicion of drink-driving. On Saturday (29JUL06), entertainment website TMZ.com published what they claim is the initial police report filed after Gibson's arrest, which alleges the star launched a anti-Semitic attack on Mee, who is Jewish. Gibson has since been admitted to a rehabilitation centre after apologising for his "horrific relapse". Following the allegations, US TV network ABC announced they have cancelled plans to produce a mini-series about the Holocaust with Gibson's production company and a series of Jewish groups are calling for Hollywood to ostracise the star. However, Mee says, "I don't take pride in hurting Mr Gibson. "What I had hoped out of this is that he would think twice before he gets behind the wheel of a car and was drinking. I don't want to ruin his career. I don't want to defame him in any way or hurt him." While Mee does not elaborate on Gibson's offensive comments, he explain, "That stuff is booze talking. There's two things that booze does. It amplifies your basic personality. If you are a laid-back kind of person, just an easy-going kind of person, booze is going to amplify that and you'll be just sitting around going how it's a wonderful day." Gibson has been released on $5,000 (GBP2,680) bail.


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