Gibson begs for forgiveness
13:30 02 August 2006
Mel Gibson has begged the Jewish community for help after making anti-Semitic remarks during a drunken rant.
The 'Mad Max' actor - who has checked into rehab after being arrested on suspicion of drink driving in Malibu on Friday (28.07.06) - wants to meet with Jewish leaders to discuss how he can atone for his anti-Semitic outburst.
Gibson said in a statement: "I'm not just asking for forgiveness. I would like to take it one step further, and meet with leaders in the Jewish community, with whom I can have a one-on-one discussion, to discern the appropriate path for healing.
"There is no excuse, nor should there be any tolerance, for anyone who thinks or expresses any kind of anti-Semitic remark. I want to apologise specifically to everyone in the Jewish community for the vitriolic and harmful words that I said to a law enforcement officer the night I was arrested on a DUI charge.
"Please know from my heart that I am not an anti-Semite. I am not a bigot. Hatred of any kind goes against my faith."
Some Jewish leaders have praised the 50-year-old actor's plea for help.
Rabbi Mark S. Diamond, of the Board of Rabbis of Southern California, said: "I welcome his words, and I hope and pray that they are sincere and heartfelt."
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