Gibson's drunken shame
13:30 31 July 2006
Mel Gibson says he is "ashamed" after allegedly making anti-Jewish remarks after being arrested for drink-driving.
'The Passion of the Christ' director was pulled over in Malibu for speeding on the Pacific Coast Highway in the early hours of Friday (28.07.06).
After he was stopped, Gibson launched into a drunken tirade during which he allegedly made anti-Semitic comments.
The actor said in a statement: "After drinking alcohol on Thursday night, I did a number of things that were very wrong and for which I am ashamed.
"I acted like a person completely out of control when I was arrested, and said things that I do not believe to be true and which are despicable."
He added: "I am deeply ashamed of everything I said, and I apologise to anyone who I have offended."
The 'Lethal Weapon' actor concluded: "I have battled the disease of alcoholism for all of my adult life and profoundly regret my horrific relapse."
However, not everyone is willing to accept the 50-year-old star's apology.
One US-based Jewish campaign group - The Anti-Defamation League - has issued a damning statement, saying: "Mel Gibson's apology is unremorseful and insufficient.
"His tirade finally reveals his true self and shows that his protestations during the debate over his film, 'The Passion of the Christ', that he is such a tolerant, loving person, were a sham."
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