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Mel Gibson Arrest Cover-up Denied By Los Angeles Sheriff - TMZ website Claims Lee Baca Was Concerned and Ordered Report Rewritten

July 30th 2006

Mel Gibson Arrest Cover-up Denied By Los Angeles Sheriff - TMZ website Claims Lee Baca Was Concerned and Ordered Report Rewritten

Lee Baca

Early Friday morning Mel Gibson was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving in Malibu on Pacific Coast Highway (PCH).  Now there have been accusations raised stating that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department tried to cover up Gibson’s obtuse behavior during the stars arrest.

On Sunday TMZ, the website that originally broke the story of his bad behavior, is saying that Gibson was stopped for reckless driving two other times in Malibu, but he was allowed to leave without a ticket or arrest.  He was stopped Friday morning for driving 87 miles per hour in a 45 MPH zone. 

 

The new report from TMZ states that the Sheriffs Department higher-ups ordered the arresting officer to “sanitize” his arrest report to make it appear that Gibson's arrest was "without incident."  The original police report by the deputy states Gibson as being “abusive, violent and vulgar, and even attempted to escape.” 

The rewritten report did not mention some of the remarks TMZ claims was made by Gibson including:

1)     "You mother f****r. I'm going to f*** you."

2)     "F*****g Jews... The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world." Gibson then asked the deputy, "Are you a Jew?"

3)     Gibson told the arresting deputy that he 'owns Malibu' and will spend all of his money to 'get even' with him.

The managing editor for TMZ, Harvey Levin, told a CBS News affiliate on Sunday that the Sheriff’s Department “flat out lied”.  Levin says the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Substation in Malibu was told by Sheriff Lee Baca to tone the report down “because of all of the Israeli issues going on right now.”  Levin says Baca was very concerned about this. 

 

The LA County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson, Steve Whitmore, told the CBS affiliate the reports of a cover-up are “absolutely not true.”  But he said he “cannot confirm or deny” whether the deputy was told to doctor his report because it is part of an ongoing investigation. 

TMZ said at one point in the Sheriff's station Gibson was "jumping like a monkey" on a steel cage and told the arresting deputy, "I'm not going to hurt you physically. I'm gonna hurt you. I'm gonna make you lose."

Gibson has issued a personal heartfelt apology to the officer involved. It is possible that this suspected cover-up could overshadow the original arrest.   

 
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