Mel Gibson does a mea culpa

Mel Gibson issued a lengthy statement Saturday apologizing for his drunk driving arrest and saying he has battled alcoholism throughout his life.

Gibson also apologized for what he said were “despicable” statements he made to the deputies who arrested him early Friday morning on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu.

“I acted like a person completely out of control when I was arrested,” he said in a statement issued by his publicist. “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.”

While I have no use for Mel Gibson’s lunatic politics, these are the words of a man who just got kicked in teeth by alcoholism and knows it. I know, I’ve been there myself. It can actually be harder for celebrities because of the media glare.

I hope Gibson gets sober again and stays sober.