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Mel Gibson apologizes for DUI arrest
AP ^ | 7/29/06 | SANDY COHEN

Posted on 07/29/2006 2:12:15 PM PDT by Vision

Mel Gibson apologizes for DUI arrest

LOS ANGELES - Mel Gibson issued a lengthy statement Saturday apologizing for his drunk driving arrest and saying he has battled alcoholism throughout his life.

Gibson also apologized for what he said were "despicable" statements he made to the deputies who arrested him early Friday morning on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu.

"I acted like a person completely out of control when I was arrested," he said in a statement issued by his publicist. "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."

Publicist Alan Nierob declined to elaborate beyond the statement.

Gibson, 50, was arrested for investigation of driving under the influence of alcohol after deputies stopped his 2006 Lexus LS 430 for speeding. Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said deputies clocked him doing 87 mph in a 45 mph zone.

A breath test indicated Gibson's blood-alcohol level was 0.12 percent, Whitmore said. The legal limit in California is 0.08 percent.

The actor was released early Friday after posting $5,000 bail.


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KEYWORDS: careerapocalypto; drunkahole; drunkenfool; etohsafeandsane; melgibson
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1 posted on 07/29/2006 2:12:15 PM PDT by Vision
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To: Vision

Mel's words or his publicist's words?


2 posted on 07/29/2006 2:14:02 PM PDT by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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To: Vision

Already posted.


3 posted on 07/29/2006 2:14:44 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (NUTS!)
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To: Vision

We should get as much of an admission out of one of the Kennedys when THEY get pulled over and get combative with the arresting officer.


4 posted on 07/29/2006 2:15:43 PM PDT by alloysteel (My spelling is Wobbly. It's good spelling, but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places.)
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To: BunnySlippers

Where?


5 posted on 07/29/2006 2:16:19 PM PDT by Vision (“I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me" Philippians 3:14)
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To: Vision

It sounds like Gibson has a demon to conquer. It doesn't sound like he is blaming anyone but himself. That is responsibility in action.


6 posted on 07/29/2006 2:16:20 PM PDT by stevem
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To: Vision

Slightly diff:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1674359/posts


7 posted on 07/29/2006 2:17:50 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (NUTS!)
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To: stevem

Indeed it is. Gibson knows that he messed up, and he isn't trying to hide anything, and he didn't show up in a neck collar, or blame his screwup on anything but his own bad behavior.

I don't approve or condone what Gibson did, but he keeps my respect for stepping up and admitting it without excuses.

He needs prayer. He'll have mine.


8 posted on 07/29/2006 2:18:46 PM PDT by mkjessup (The Shah doesn't look so bad now, eh? But nooo, Jimmah said the Ayatollah was a 'godly' man.)
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To: BunnySlippers
Well, one can forgive Mel for being drunk and even speeding, but it's gonna be hard to forget his "anti-semitic rant."
9 posted on 07/29/2006 2:18:49 PM PDT by Dark Skies
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To: Vision

This is pathetic. You're supposed to hire a team of lawyers and PR flacks to deny everything, make excuses, shift blame, and denounce the cops for setting you up. Has this man learned nothing from his long contact with Democrats in Hollywood?


10 posted on 07/29/2006 2:24:40 PM PDT by John Jorsett (scam never sleeps)
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To: Vision

So now he doesn't hate Jews?


11 posted on 07/29/2006 2:24:51 PM PDT by claudiustg (dou•ble•think ('d&-b&l-"thi[ng]k), noun, 1949: a simultaneous belief in two contradictory ideas.)
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To: stevem

Have you seen Mel's mugshot from the arrest - He looks like a young Saddam Hussein. No kidding.


12 posted on 07/29/2006 2:26:14 PM PDT by Sioux-san (God save the Sheeple)
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To: Vision

The problem is that booze tends to bring out one's true nature. The guy's id, his instinctual reflective beliefs and attitude, is a not a pretty picture, and to leash it, the guy needs to take up jogging or something in lieu of booze. That is my best advice.


13 posted on 07/29/2006 2:26:27 PM PDT by Torie
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To: claudiustg
So now he doesn't hate Jews?

From what I heard some of those "despicable" comments he made might have been anti-semetic. If that turns out to be true the MSM is going to rake him over the coals over this...only because he directed "Passion of the Christ".

Otherwise anti-semitism pretty much gets a free pass from the MSM these days

14 posted on 07/29/2006 2:29:02 PM PDT by Gator101
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To: Vision
I am impressed. It takes a big man to admit he was wrong and to own up to it.

Then, there is Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Hitlery Clinton, etc.

15 posted on 07/29/2006 2:29:09 PM PDT by Redleg Duke (ˇSalga de los Estados Unidos de América, invasor!)
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To: John Jorsett

"This is pathetic. You're supposed to hire a team of lawyers and PR flacks to deny everything, make excuses, shift blame, and denounce the cops for setting you up. Has this man learned nothing from his long contact with Democrats in Hollywood?"

Unfortunately for Mel the arrest is on audiotape according to TMZ.com. Mel was abusive to the officers calling a female one "sugar tits" guaranteeing they would sabotage their superior's attempts to cover this all up.


16 posted on 07/29/2006 2:31:19 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: Gator101; claudiustg

Can you reprint those anti-semetic comments here, for those of us who have not heard them?


17 posted on 07/29/2006 2:32:52 PM PDT by rlmorel (Islamofacism: It is all fun and games until someone puts an eye out. Or chops off a head.)
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To: Vision
Well if he would just have crashed into a barricade in DC, all this could have been avoided!

Claim the ambien defense Mel!!!!

18 posted on 07/29/2006 2:33:27 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist (I'd rather be carrying a shotgun with Dick, than riding shotgun with a Kennedyl! *-0(:~{>)
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To: Dark Skies

After the anti-Christian smear campaign conducted by some Jewish organizations, he is not wholly in the wrong. But he sure missed a chance to turn the other cheek.


19 posted on 07/29/2006 2:34:11 PM PDT by RobbyS ( CHIRHO)
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To: rlmorel

I don't know if he actually did...just saw it mentioned in an ealier FR post: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1674355/posts


20 posted on 07/29/2006 2:35:02 PM PDT by Gator101
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