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.


  1. Certainly less than his father but still quite reactionary. He’s built a church on his property where Catholic Mass is said in Latin, thus seriously favoring the arch-conservative, Vatican II was bad, viewpoint, and all the politics that go with that. He’s also major league homophobic, according to comments from Susan Sarandon I read somewhere.

    And while we all say things drunk we’d never say sober, what he said to the police while drunk was Jew-bashing. That didn’t just emerge out of nowhere.

    All of which implies politics that are highly conservative, if not reactionary.

  2. Celbrity can be a double-edged sword is getting sober. The money, influence and lawyers can get you out of trouble to be sure, but whn you screw up, as Gibson just learned, millions are watching.

    An acquaintance, son of someone famous and sober many years now, once said his drunken behavior sometimes made national newspapers, and that this was not fun, not fun at all.

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