"Sheriff’s Deputy James Mee is suing the County of Los Angeles for alleged discrimination and harassment, saying he’s been singled out in a four-year investigation into who leaked a confidential arrest report to TMZ.com that detailed Gibson’s alleged anti-Semitic tirade," People magazine reports.
According to the article, Mee’s lawyer, Etan Z. Lorant, says, " "My client simply wants to be left alone to do his job at the sheriff’s department."
The article also says, "Mee claims he was ordered by his superiors, Lt. Crystal Miranda and Sgt. Kevin Finch, to delete portions of his report shortly after Gibson was arrested "effectively participating in covering up the anti-Semitic posture of Mr. Gibson," the lawsuit states. The actor allegedly called Mee a "[expletive] Jew" and said, "Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world," among other invectives.
"Gibson had close ties to the sheriff’s department, Mee alleges, and was a close friend of Sheriff Lee Baca and other top officials. The actor also lent his time and name to various law enforcement initiatives, the lawsuit adds. The deputy also accused another superior, Sgt. Tracy Palmer, of having erased a portion of a videotape of Gibson’s being booked, and claims that Sgt. Finch was at one time a member of Gibson’s Malibu church."
Speaking for the Sheriff’s Department, spokesperson Steve Whitmore told People, "We categorically deny this lawsuit. This has nothing to do with ethnicity. What the sheriff’s department did was launch an investigation because someone was releasing confidential documents, which is a crime. We look forward to telling the whole story in this case."