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Mel Gibson Makes Second Apology - Admits Anti-Semitic Remarks At Drunken Driving Arrest - Asked To Speak at Jewish Temple Yom Kippur

August 1st 2006

Mel Gibson Makes Second Apology - Admits Anti-Semitic Remarks At Drunken Driving Arrest - Asked To Speak at Jewish Temple Yom Kippur

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Mel Gibson made some admissions today concerning his drunken driving arrest.  He admits that he did indeed make some anti-Semitic remarks early Friday Morning when he was stopped on Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) in Malibu. 

Gibson also admitted to a major relapse in his long-time drinking problem.  He also apologized for his remarks.  His apology came in the form of a letter through his publicist.  "I want to apologize specifically to everyone in the Jewish community for the vitriolic and harmful words.

“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. … There will be many in that (Jewish) community who will want nothing to do with me, and that would be understandable. But I pray that that door is not forever closed."

 

According to his publicist, Gibson has been in an ongoing alcohol abuse treatment program, and since his arrest on Friday entered a new one.  He described both as “outpatient” programs.  Gibson added, as a public person "when I say something, either articulated or thought out, or blurted out in a moment of insanity, my words carry weight in the public arena."

There may be a cost to his “moment of insanity”.  Late Monday, the television network, ABC, announced it will scrap plans for Gibson to produce a miniseries on the Holocaust.  They said they had not seen a draft of the script in nearly two years.

 

Apparently Gibson was drinking at a Malibu beachfront restaurant called Moonshadows before he was stopped. There have been widely distributed photos of the actor with his arms around several young women at the restaurant shortly before his arrest.

The TMZ website originally broke the story of a suspected cover-up after the original arrest report indicated there was no “incident”.  The Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department denies any cover up.  They say that all necessary information was turned over to the DA’s office. 

 

TMZ now says that Gibson has been asked to speak at a Los Angeles Jewish temple on Yom Kippur.  TMZ says that in a letter, David Baron, the Rabbi for the Temple of the Arts, the largest entertainment industry synagogue in the United States, wrote: "...I wish to invite you to come and speak in order that you might directly express to the Jewish community your remorse. I feel that Yom Kippur, Day of Atonement, would be an appropriate time."

Baron added "In our faith we are commanded to forgive when the offending party takes the necessary steps and offers an apology from the heart."

 
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