Lt. Steve Smith, in charge of the detective bureau for the Malibu/Lost Hills station of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, confirmed to me just now that “the contents seem to be similar” between the official reports and the four pages posted by TMZ.com on the Internet alleging Mel Gibson “blurted out a barrage of anti-Semitic remarks” — “fucking Jews” and “The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world” and asking the arresting deputy “Are you a Jew?” — during his DUI arrest early Friday morning. Smith denied TMZ.com’s charge that the sheriff’s department was involved in a “cover-up” of Gibson’s alleged anti-Semitic tirade detailed in deputy Jim Mee’s first arrest report.
Gibson’s father is a notorious anti-Semite, and it seems as though Mel himself isn’t sure that the Holocaust happened. Nevertheless, a lot of us didn’t want to believe that the Lethal Weapon star hated Jews. It turns out that we were wrong. I know he was drunk, and I know he was upset when he said those things. That’s not an excuse.
Pity, that. I was looking forward to seeing Apocalypto. I don’t think I will now.