In California, a blood-alcohol level of 0.08, if found to be in the blood of an individual pulled over on a California road, is sufficient for that person to be arrested for suspicion of “driving while under the influence” of alcohol. Several nights ago, Mel Gibson, while driving through Malibu in a shiny Lexus, was pulled over by the police, who determined (eventually; Mr. Gibson put up quite a struggle; see the report at tmz.com) that he had a blood-alcohol limit of .12.
TMZ reports as follows:
“four pages of the original report prepared by the arresting officer in the case, L.A. County Sheriff’s Deputy James Mee (contain interesting revelations). According to the report, Gibson became agitated after he was stopped on Pacific Coast Highway and told he was to be detained for drunk driving Friday morning in Malibu. The actor began swearing uncontrollably. Gibson repeatedly said, “My life is f****d.” Law enforcement sources say the deputy, worried that Gibson might become violent, told the actor that he was supposed to cuff him but would not, as long as Gibson cooperated. As the two stood next to the hood of the patrol car, the deputy asked Gibson to get inside. Deputy Mee then walked over to the passenger door and opened it. The report says Gibson then said, “I’m not going to get in your car,” and bolted to his car. The deputy quickly subdued Gibson, cuffed him and put him inside the patrol car.
TMZ has learned that Deputy Mee audiotaped 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.
Once inside the car, a source directly connected with the case says Gibson began banging himself against the seat. The report says Gibson told the deputy, “You mother f****r. I’m going to f*** you.” The report also says “Gibson almost continually [sic] threatened me saying he ‘owns Malibu’ (umm, what actor who has been arrested there HASN’T said that?) and will spend all of his money to ‘get even’ with me.”
The report says Gibson then launched into a barrage of anti-Semitic statements: “F*****g Jews… The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world.” (Memo to Mel: which ones: World War I? World War II? Korean War? Vietnam? War of the Roses? Civil War? Revolutionary War? French and Indian War? Franco-Prussian? Sino-Russian? Spanish-American? Mexican-American? War of 1812? Apparently, all of those, plus the ones where “the Jews” were ATTACKED (War of 1973, War of Independence, Persian Gulf War), or about to be (Six Day War). Yes, those crazy Jews with all of their power. So much power that they prevented Mr. Gibson from making over one billion dollars from “The Passion of the Christ” worldwide.) Gibson then asked the deputy, “Are you a Jew?” (The deputy was clearly not, but hey, the tirade had to have SOME relevance to the reality of Mel’s situation, right?).
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*** do you think you’re doing?”
A law enforcement source says Gibson then noticed another female sergeant and yelled, “What do you think you’re looking at, sugar tits?” (Note: Mel’s misogynism was nicely captured by this event too. If only he was the policeman hurling the obscenities, he would have hit the Phyllis Schlafly trifecta).
We’re told Gibson took two blood alcohol tests, which were videotaped, and continued saying how “f****d” he was and how he was going to “f***” Deputy Mee (obviously, a Jewish name).
Gibson was put in a cell with handcuffs on. He said he needed to urinate, and after a few minutes tried manipulating his hands to unzip his pants (what is it with these so-called devout Catholic men exposing their cocks in the presence of other males?) Sources say Deputy Mee thought Gibson was going to urinate on the floor of the booking cell and asked someone to take Gibson to the bathroom.
After leaving the bathroom, Gibson then demanded to make a phone call. He was taken to a pay phone and, when he didn’t get a dial tone, we’re told Gibson threw the receiver against the phone (perhaps he thought that he needed a Russell-Crowe-like flourish to add that certain what the French call “I don’t know what” to his performance”.
Deputy Mee then warned Gibson that if he damaged the phone he could be charged with felony vandalism. We’re told Gibson was then asked, and refused, to sign the necessary paperwork and was thrown in a detox cell.
Deputy Mee then wrote an eight-page report detailing Gibson’s rampage and comments. Sources say the sergeant on duty felt it was too “inflammatory.” (How? To whom?) A lieutenant and captain then got involved and calls were made to Sheriff’s headquarters. Sources say Mee was told Gibson’s comments would incite a lot of “Jewish hatred,” (against Jews, or by Jews?) that the situation in Israel was “way too inflammatory.” (what on Earth does the situation in Israel have to do with whether a police report should be doctored? Will Israel strike or not strike a Lebanese target because of what Mel Gibson said? Will Hezbollah stop terrorizing people because of what he did or didn’t say?)
It was mentioned several times that Gibson, who wrote, directed, and produced 2004’s “The Passion of the Christ,” had incited “anti-Jewish sentiment” and “For a drunk driving arrest, is this really worth all that?” (To the police, “Is it really worth all that” meant “Is it really worth including the details of this incitement in the report,” not “is it really worth Macho Mel the Mess hurling the epithets over something as trivial as a drunk driving arrest. Nothing like having your priorities straight.)
We’re told Deputy Mee was then ordered to write another report, leaving out the incendiary comments and conduct. Sources say Deputy Mee was told the sanitized report would eventually end up in the media and that he could write a supplemental report that contained the redacted information — a report that would be locked in the watch commander’s safe.
Initially, a Sheriff’s official told TMZ the arrest occurred “without incident.” On Friday night, Sheriff’s 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.”
OK, so Mel the biggie made the statements, and the police sanitized the report. No surprise there. Perhaps it is surprising that someone like Mel would call alcoholism a “disease.” Walking macho gonads who drive while intoxicated with bigotry (DWI-B), except when they get caught for the intoxication part, are too “manly” to admit that alcoholism is a disease. So Mel really isn’t the thumping lunk of gonatitude he claims he is after all.
The more important question, of course, is whether he really “meant” the anti-Semitic comments. A reader on andrewsullivan.com states, in response to the question, “How drunk was Mel?”
“I just thought I would also observe that according to the Fox New story in your link:
“A breath test indicated Gibson’s blood-alcohol level was 0.12 percent. The legal limit in California is 0.08 percent.0.12 is certainly over the line for impaired driving skills, but it is not so very high that Mel would be ‘speaking in tongues,’ with no connection between his statements and his own internal thought process. At that level of intoxication he simply would be a little freer of social inhibitions, and I suspect that his statements would reliably reflect his thought processes, perhaps even especially so. The only thing with which I disagree with you is that his career will be over. One highly publicized week in a rehab clinic, a Larry King interview, and he�ll be back, bigger than before, with his Christianist fans more in love with their hero than ever. There really is no such thing as bad publicity in the 21st Century.”
Now sing along:
“What the world needs now… Is hate, sweet hate…
It’s the only thing… That there’s just… too little of…”