Skip to comments.Mel Gibson does deal on DUI
Posted on 08/18/2006 9:59:50 AM PDT by Hal1950
LIFE STYLE EXTRA (UK) - Mel Gibson has escaped jail after pleading guilty to drunk driving.
The 'Mad Max' star agreed a plea bargain with prosecutors on Thursday (17.08.06) and in return was given three years probation, ordered to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and told to enrol in an alcohol abuse programme for three months.
Mel - who was also fined $1,300 and had his driving license restricted for 90 days - was arrested on July 28 after being pulled over on Pacific Coast Highway, in Maui, for speeding.
He then launched into an anti-Semitic tirade, during which he allegedly said: "Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world."
Afterwards, the 50-year-old actor profusely apologised for his comments.
Mel said: "I acted like a persson 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, and I apologise to anyone who I have offended."
Mel - who signed the plea agreement and waived his right to a jury trial on Monday (14.08.06) - did not appear in court for the hearing. His lawyer Blair Berk entered the plea on his behalf.
Malibu's deputy district attorney Gina Satriano said in a statement: "This was an appropriate outcome which addresses all the public safety concerns of drinking and driving."
Everyone is offered that "deal" for a first offense.
Will he have to make a PSA Film about drinking and driving called "The Last Temptation of Otis ?"
Not much of a deal if you ask me. My first drunk driving arrest only got me a year of probation and less than $1000 in fines.
Too bad he wasn't arrested in Durham, NC. The gal who says she was raped by the Duke Lacrosse team stole a taxi, drove through two counties at high speed, tried to run over a policeman, and blew twice the legal limit. She got a misdemeanor.
Of course she has a special relationship with the Durham D.A.
What were Oliver Stone's 'deals'?
I have always had a lot of respect for Mel Gibson. I always saw him as a strong conservative and family man and a good Catholic. He always stood out as an anachronism (along with people like Bruce Willis, Dennis Hopper and a few others) in that putrid city. But with this incident it seems like he is really not much different from the rest of that wretched refuse. Sorry Mel, you just made the list as far as I am concerned.
That's right. Now watch them try to blow this out as a sweet deal for a celebrity. It isn't. It's par for the course.
Entertainment tonight should be milking this for all it's worth this evening.
"after being pulled over on Pacific Coast Highway, in Maui, for speeding."
Note to the Brits: Maui is an island in Hawaii. MALIBU is a community in California, near the PCH. I know, the spelling is really close. :P
They could also use a little spelling help. "enrol?"
I don't know if Gibson has priors on the record, but he has confessed publicly to having driven drunk before this incident. He was also going something like 87 mph for this one. He clearly has a long term problem, totally apart from his sick rant. On top of this, he had plenty of opportunity to get a cab when people at the bar suggested that, and he can also afford to have himself chauffered around in a limo that waits for him while he gets drunk in bars -- an option not available to most people.
I think he got off obscenely easy -- the idea that he'll be fine to get behind the wheel again 3 months from now is just insane. Obviously he has to kill someone before the courts will do anything to stop him. And yes, appallingly, this is "par for the course", and not just for celebrities.
I see drunk people!
Remember Patrick Kennedy?
Really? When was this? I hadn't heard/read of it.
If it was just the DUI thing that would be one thing. I would be a hypocrite if I said I have never driven over the limit, I have, though I do not any more. Fortunately I have never been stopped. But his outbursts, assault on a police officer(s) and anti-semitic rhetoric was inexcusable. That's the kind of stuff Sean Penn, Johnny Dope, Martin Sheen and others do. I expected a lot more out of Mel Gibson.
Here is a link to the Haley Joel Osment story:
All of that is legally irrelevant. The law does not take into consideration a man's income in determining the sentence to be imposed. Mr. Gibson was treated exactly as you or I would have been treated by the same court. For some a $1300 fine would be a harsh punishment and for someone like Gibson it is like tipping a waitress for a cup of coffee and a donut.
Obviously he has to kill someone before the courts will do anything to stop him. And yes, appallingly, this is "par for the course", and not just for celebrities.
I suspect that he will not be drinking and driving again any time soon. I trust that he now sincerely acknowledges his problem. The eyes of the world will be upon him and for those who were spiritually touched by his movie on the Passion, I suspect that the prayers of millions will be offered on his behalf.
Ayep. Bruce Willis somewhat shuns the label as conservative or Republican, as does Tom Selleck, but they are very conservative in their ideologies. I wonder if they shun it publically for career reasons, although both are well established actors.
Your first? How many are there?
| arrested on July 28 after being pulled over on Pacific Coast Highway, in Maui, for speeding.
Maui??? Actually we call it the Honoapiilana Highway not the Pacific Coast Highway. :-)
Did you see the photos of him getting chummy with the two young ladies in the bar? Not a family man! He also thinks his Anglican wife "might not get into heaven". I guess he pays her to stay married to him. He is insufferable.
Nope, never saw that one. More disappointing news.
Nope, never saw that one. More disappointing news.
Mel is not a conservative - he hangs out with Michael Moore and spouts anti-Bush rhetoric. HE should never have been embraced by conservatives: he has cheated on his wife in the past; is an alcoholic; will not stand up to his Old Man - which is probably the source of his alcoholism (unresolved conflict). And I do believe he is an anti-Semite as his father is. He also does not recognize the authority of the Pope. Conservatives embrace him because he opposes gay marriage? so does Fidel Castro!
He is very strongly pro-life.
You say Mel is not a conservative-Oh really and just what does constitute a conservative in your eyes?
He is pro-choice, anti-stem cell use, pro death penalty, pro second amendment, he came out for Terri Schiavvo, he is for lowering taxes. What do you mean he hangs out with Michael Moore? They met one time at the People's Choice Awards?
You say he cheats on his wife?
How do you know this? Oh, perhaps you are the other woman. You must be because you say it so emphatically. It can't be that you just read it in some rag magazine, could it? No, I am sure you would be too smart to just read something in some rag.
Yes, you are correct he is an admitted alcoholic. He is trying to get help for that.
And no, he has not as yet broken the commandment to go against his father, perhaps that would make you happy Julie.
Did you hear the two young ladies in all the interviews? They were fans, they asked him to take pictures, and he said yes. And did you read what they talked about. He talked about his wife and his family and his religion with them. Yeah, he was really getting chummy with them Julie. And why don't you put there what else they said, that he was drinking water the whole time.
Yeah, he has to pay his wife to stay married to him. If she divorced him, she would be worth half a billion dollars. You know Julie, it sounds to me like you are a little jealous.
Oh, yes, I am jealous and lie awake at night going "Mel, MEl, do it to me, big boy - show me your lethal weapon."
HE has ranted and raved about Pres. Bush and his latest lousy movie, Apocalipto, is a bomb in the Mayan language, which is supposed to make is think about Iraq! What I am thinking about is what a moron Gibson and his flunkies are! And yes, he is an adulterer. Now, go take a chill pill.
Oh, yes, "arrested for DRINKING WATER"!
( No more Olmert! No more Kadima! No more Oslo!)
You didn't call the judge a Jew Bastard, I'm guessing.
So is Pat Buchanan who is a vicious anti-Semite and Holocaust denier. Now, he is one pro lifer I would not vote for in a million years! There is more to being conservative - AND A DECENT PERSON - than being pro life! (And I happen to be pro life and a decent person, I hope.)
The Gibson defenders will never admit that he is an anti-Semite who does not have the guts to stand up to the old man. Furthermore, I hear that his latest "film" is a total fiasco.
How do you know that is latest movie his lousy? Have you seen it? And how do you know that he is an adulterer? There are only two choices, either you are the woman he is cheating on his wife with? Or you read the National Enquirer? Which is it Julie? I would really like to know. And you know for someone who seems to have so much dislike for Mel Gibson, you certainly know an awful lot about him. It is funny that you brought up dreaming about him?? Mmmmm? Yes Julie, I do think you are jealous. You need to take a chill pill.
Julie, stop reading Page 6 of the New York Post and the National Enquirer for your reading material. You would be much more informed woman. They are not worthy publications to be your info here.
You sound like a jilted lover.
You are absolutley incorrect. My father is a judge in the state of California and that is standard punishment. If anything, Gibson was treated more harshly, BECAUSE he is a celebrity. Don't have a knee jerk reaction.
My thoughts exactly bonfire!!