Mel Gibson has made it clear that the incident in 2006 in which he was arrested on a DUI and was taped spouting anti-Semitic remarks isn’t one of his favorite topics of conversation. But the actor and filmmaker got to talking about it in an interview with Variety that’s on the publication’s “Playback” podcast.
Gibson told Variety: “It was an unfortunate incident. I was loaded and angry and arrested. I was recorded illegally by an unscrupulous police officer who was never prosecuted for that crime. And then it was made public by him for profit, and by members of — we’ll call it the press. So, not fair. I guess as who I am, I’m not allowed to have a nervous breakdown, ever.”
Gibson wants people to move past the incident, suggesting that his words during that encounter don’t accurately reflect who he is. “For one episode in the back of a police car on eight double tequilas to sort of dictate all the work, life’s work and beliefs and everything else that I have and maintain for my life is really unfair,” he said.
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