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Mel Gibson Apologizes For Anti-Semitic Remarks

Mel Gibson has issued a lengthy statement apologizing for saying "despicable" things to sheriff's deputies when he was arrested for investigation of driving under the influence of alcohol.

"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", the actor-director said without elaborating.

However, pages from the original arrest report, quote Gibson as launching an expletive-laden "barrage of anti-Semitic remarks" after he was stopped early in Malibu.

According to the report, in addition to threatening the arresting deputy and trying to escape, Gibson said, "The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world," and asked the officer, James Mee, "Are you a Jew?"

Another newspaper reports the sheriff's department's civilian oversight office will investigate whether authorities gave Gibson preferential treatment and tried to cover up his alleged behavior.

In his statement, Gibson apologized for what he called "my belligerent behavior" when he was taken into custody.

"The arresting officer was just doing his job and I feel fortunate that I was apprehended before I caused injury to any other person," he said.

"I disgraced myself and my family with my behavior and for that I am truly sorry. I have battled with the disease of alcoholism for all of my adult life and profoundly regret my horrific relapse."

He said he was taking "necessary steps to ensure my return to health."

Gibson won a best-director Oscar for 1995's "Braveheart" and had a 2004 religious blockbuster with "The Passion of the Christ," which many Jewish groups said contained anti-Semitic overtones.

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