Deputy details efforts to remove Mel Gibson's anti-Semitic rant from drunk-driving arrest report
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputy who arrested Mel Gibson on drunk-driving charges details in a lawsuit efforts by superiors to remove the actor's anti-Semitic slurs from an initial arrest report.
Deputy James Mee said that after he documented Gibson's rant in his report, a supervisor told him that the material was "not acceptable" because the anti-Semitic comments were irrelevant to the DUI.Mee said he was asked to remove Gibson's comments from the initial report and include them in a supplementary report that would not have been immediately available to the public.
"That makes it look like an afterthought," he said. "In front of a jury, I would look like an idiot."
He said he eventually followed a lieutenant's order to write separate reports. A memo from the Los Angeles County district attorney's office later confirmed that Mee was instructed to write a supplemental report to be placed in a locked safe along with a recording of Gibson's booking and a bottle of tequila found with Gibson.
The Sheriff's Department downplayed the incident until Mee's initial report was made public by TMZ.com. Mee was suspected of leaking details to the celebrity news site. Despite records showing calls between his home and TMZ founder Harvey Levin, no charges were filed against the deputy.
Mee is now suing the department, alleging that it retaliated against him.
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