Gib­son ar­rest cop claims ha­rass­ment by col­leagues

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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.

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