Gibson arrest cop claims harassment by colleagues
THE sheriff’s deputy who arrested Mel Gibson for drunken driving six months ago says his superiors have harassed him ever since a report detailing the star’s antiSemitic tirade was leaked to the media.
Deputy James Mee was transferred to another assignment and interrogated by sheriff’s officials about the arrest for several hours, his attorney has said.
Following his transfer, investigators seized a computer and phone records during a search of his home.
‘‘His life and career would be a lot different had he not made that arrest,’’ his lawyer, Richard Shinee, said.
Deputy Mee arrested Gibson on July 29 in Malibu for driving under the influence of alcohol.
An arrest report signed by Deputy Mee and posted on the celebrity news website TMZ said Gibson was belligerent and quoted him as saying, ‘The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world’.
The actor-director later apologised to the Jewish community and pleaded no contest to a misdemeanour charge of drunken driving.
Sheriff’s officials rejected the accusations.
After Gibson’s arrest, investigations were opened into whether he had received preferential treatment, and into who leaked Deputy Mee’s report to TMZ.