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PUTTING HIS DEMONS TO BED: Mel Gibson Opens Up About His Infamous 2006 DUI, Anti-Semitic Remarks

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Mel Gibson is on the verge of a triumphant comeback, one that has seen him rise from the ashes like a Phoenix after becoming a Tinseltown pariah.

What landed him in Hollywood’s doghouse was a 2006 arrest for a DUI, and the unsavory recordings of what he drunkenly slurred to a police officer at the time.

The sanctimony held by Hollywood over Mel stemmed from the fact his remarks were deemed anti-Semitic in a town with a lot of high profile Jews.

“The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world!” the Hollywood star spouted at the time, according to the 2006 arrest report.

But now Mel Gibson has a thing or two to say about his 2006 DUI charges.

“It was an unfortunate incident,” Gibson said on “Playback” when asked about the fact that there are many who feel they can no longer support him or his work. “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.”

The Oscar-winning director acknowledged that he had already apologized for the behavior and that people should move on from the incident.

“Ten years have gone by,” Gibson stated. “I’m feeling good. I’m sober, all of that kind of stuff, and for me it’s a dim thing in the past. But others bring it up, which kind of I find annoying, because I don’t understand why after 10 years it’s any kind of issue. Surely if I was really what they say I was, some kind of hater, there’d be evidence of actions somewhere. There never has been.”

Clearly it’s an issue that Mel is tired of rehashing.

Gibson also said he doesn’t consider himself a hateful person, and that his actions were a result of the copious amount of alcohol he consumed on that night.

“I’ve never discriminated against anyone or done anything that sort of supports that reputation,” the actor/director said. “And 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.”

But if the recent glowing reviews of Hacksaw Ridge are any indication of things to come, Mel Gibson appears to be poised to be welcomed back to mainstream Hollywood with open arms.

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Sabrina Chafin is a Hollywood gossip veteran with years of insider experience in the depths of Tinseltown's red carpet trenches and star-studded after parties. She resides in Manhattan Beach with her two Pomeranians, Vixen and Stardust.

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