GIBSON APOLOGIZES FOR BEHAVIOR
'I disgraced myself,' star says after 'horrific relapse' and arrest
Saturday, July 29, 2006
LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- Actor
and director Mel Gibson issued a statement on Saturday, apologizing to deputies for his "belligerent behavior" when he was
arrested on suspicion of DUI in Malibu the day before.
Gibson said that he has "battled the disease of alcoholism for all of my adult life
and profoundly regret my horrific relapse," according to the statement.
Gibson, 50, was pulled over Friday on the scenic Pacific Coast Highway after "deputies were alerted by their radar that his speed was
above the posted limit," according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
When officers approached Gibson they smelled alcohol on his breath, and a Breathalyzer
test showed that his blood-alcohol content was 0.12, the sheriff's department release said. The California legal limit is 0.08.
An entertainment news Web site, TMZ.com, alleges in a report posted Saturday that Gibson
launched into a profanity-laced tirade at the time of his arrest, hurling anti-Semitic and sexist statements at authorities.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office has not confirmed that report.
After being taken into custody, Gibson posted $5,000 bond for his release, said sheriff's
spokesman Steve Whitmore.
The police did not charge him with driving under the influence because it's the district
attorney's duty to decide if the arrest merits charges.
In his statement, Gibson acknowledges that he had been drinking Thursday night and
that "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. ...
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," the statement said. "I am deeply ashamed of everything I said."
He added: "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."
Gibson further said he has long battled alcoholism, and "I apologize for any behavior
unbecoming of me in my inebriated state and have already taken necessary steps to ensure my return to health."
Gibson, who acted in the "Lethal Weapon" and "Mad Max" movie series, won an Oscar for
directing 1995's Oscar-winning best picture "Braveheart."
He reportedly financed the controversial movie "The Passion of the Christ" (2004),
which he also directed, with $25 million of his own money.
The film made $370 million at the domestic box office and ranks No. 10 on the all-time
box office list. "The Passion of the Christ" was nominated for three Academy Awards.
Gibson's latest movie, "Apocalypto," set in the Mayan civilization of several centuries
ago, is due in December.