Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Deputy Who Arrested Mel Gibson After Jewish Slur Files Discrimination Lawsuit
"The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world," Mee quoted Gibson saying in his report.
LOS ANGELES - A lawsuit tied to Mel Gibson's anti-Semitic rant will be seen by a judge, the district attorney released today.
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy James Mee, who arrested actor Mel Gibson on suspicion of drunk driving in 2006, claims that he was unfairly targeted by his department after parts of his report, which revealed Gibson's infamous anti-Semitic rant, were leaked to TMZ.
A judge Tuesday threw out a motion filed by attorneys representing the county to have the case dismissed, saying too much time had lapsed since the incident and when the lawsuit was filed.
Both Mee and TMZ have never revealed the source of the tip, but Mee, who is Jewish, claims that in the years since he has been passed on for promotions and scrutinized heavily.
"When considering the evidence, a jury could easily see the discrimination, retaliation and harassment James Mee suffered at the sheriff's department," said Mee's attorney Etan Z. Lorant said in an interview with the L.A. Times.
Mee, 55, claims that he was asked to remove Gibson's comments from the initial report because they were not relevant to the DUI charge. He also claims that a supervisor told him to instead file a supplementary report that would not have been immediately available to the public.
"We look forward to telling the whole story," sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore told the L.A. Times.
The trial is set for September