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Report Clears Mel Gibson Officers

Aug 02, 2006 | 9:02am EDT

A watchdog has ruled actor Mel Gibson's drunk-driving arrest on Friday was handled professionally and without bias.

Officers were initially accused of a cover-up to protect the Hollywood star, who has previously participated in fundraising appeals for a police charity.

It was alleged local sheriff's deputies tried to conceal Gibson's reported anti-Semitic verbal attack on officer James Mee, who arrested him in Malibu, California.

However, the Office of Independent Review has declared the incident was handled correctly in a preliminary investigation.

The office's Chief Attorney Mike Gennaco admitted the initial report was "modified" by someone at the Los Angeles department's Lost Hills station--but said that did not necessarily indicate wrongdoing.

He also revealed the department would try to find out who leaked the initial police report to the media.

A spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney reveals a date for filing formal charges against Gibson has yet to be decided.

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