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Mel Gibson's arresting officer hits back at Gary Oldman

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Jun 24, 2014 | 10:37am EDT

The police officer who arrested Mel Gibson in 2006 has blasted Gary Oldman for wading into the debate over the Braveheart star's racial slur scandal in a new interview. Gibson burst into an anti-Semitic tirade while he was being arrested for drink-driving by a Jewish police officer, James Mee, in California eight years ago, and the case is back in the news this week (beg23Jun14) following the release of Oldman's interview with Playboy magazine. In the article, Oldman suggests Gibson was unfairly outcast by Hollywood following the scandal, adding, "We're all f**king hypocrites. That's what I think about it. The policeman who arrested him has never used the word n**ga or that f**king Jew?... It's the hypocrisy of it that drives me crazy..." Mee has now spoken out to criticise The Dark Knight star for his remarks, telling TMZ.com, "I'm Jewish and why would I say that to discredit my own religious make-p? The N-word is a scary word. I would never even dream of using it. It sickens me that anyone would use that word... Jews have been persecuted and put down over the years. Why would I, as a Jew, do that to other races?... I feel sorry for people that need to say things about other people in order to justify themselves." Gibson publicly apologised for the outburst, claiming it was a "moment of insanity", and after three years probation, the arrest was removed from his record in 2009.

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