Mel Gibson "acted like a person completely out of control."
This was according to Gibson, himself, who apologized Saturday for his behavior during a drunken-driving arrest in Malibu. The Oscar-winning star did not elaborate on how he "disgraced" himself; TMZ.com did.
The entertainment news Website, citing, in part, a report filed by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy who took Gibson into custody, charges the actor-director, only two years past criticism that his film The Passion of the Christ set back Christian-Jewish relations, spouted anti-Semitic remarks, addressed a female deputy as "sugar tits," tried to evade arrest, got rough with a telephone and threatened to urinate in his jailhouse holding cell.
"My life is f--ked," the Mad Max star said, more than once, per TMZ.com, after being pulled over by a sheriff's deputy early Friday morning on Pacific Coast Highway.
According to the sheriff's department, Gibson was flagged for speeding in a 2006 Lexus sedan--allegedly going about 80 mph in a 45-mph zone. A sobriety test revealed Gibson's blood-alcohol level to be 0.12, exceeding California's 0.08 legal limit, the department said.
In a four-paragraph mea culpa, Gibson said he'd been "drinking alcohol on Thursday night," and had done "a number of things that were very wrong." Among them: "I drove a car when I should not have."
Gibson was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, booked at the sheriff's Malibu/Lost Hills Station, and, after posting $5,000 bail, released from custody at about 10 a.m. Friday, online records show.
When asked Friday afternoon if Gibson gave deputies any trouble, sheriff's department spokesman Steve Whitmore said no. Gibson's own apology--not to mention the TMZ.com report--says otherwise.
"I acted like a person completely out of control when I was arrested and said things I do not believe to be true and which are despicable," Gibson said in a statement.
According to TMZ.com, Gibson called the arresting deputy a "motherf---ker," whom he was going to "f--k" on account of "he [Gibson] 'owns Malibu' and will spend all of his money to 'get even' with me [the deputy]."
Later, the Website reported, Gibson ranted about the "f--king Jews," who "are responsible for all the wars in the world," and asked the deputy, "Are you a Jew?" (Gibson, who helped build a Catholic church in Malibu, is not.)
A request by the deputy for Gibson to get inside the patrol car was met with a dash by the actor back to his Lexus. Or, as the report posted on TMZ.com put it: "Gibson attempted to escape arrest."
At the Malibu/Lost Hills Station, the Website reported, Gibson remained ornery, demanding a trip to the bathroom and banging a telephone when he had trouble making a call.
"I disgraced myself and my family with my behavior and for that I am truly sorry," Gibson said Saturday. "I have battled with the disease of alcoholism for all of my adult life and profoundly regret my horrific relapse."
Speaking to the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca denied his deputies attempted to suppress the details of the Gibson arrest, as charged by TMZ.com. Nevertheless, the department has said it will investigate whether the Hollywood player was given special treatment.
Gibson, 50, previously was arrested for drunken driving in 1984 in Toronto. By 1991, he later told ABC News, he was so steeped in addiction that he considered jumping out a window.
During the promotion for his self-financed Biblical epic, 2004's The Passion of the Christ, Gibson often recounted how religion had helped him beat his demons.
The Passion of the Christ, which Gibson wrote and directed, was the biggest box-office hit of the star's career, a favorite of evangelical audiences, and a target of Jewish leaders who feared its portrayal of Jesus' final hours would incite anti-Semitic violence. Gibson maintained that neither he, nor his film, was anti-Semitic.
A two-time Oscar-winner for Braveheart, Gibson's latest film, Apocalypto, described as a Mayan action-adventure, is scheduled to be released in December.