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Producer Dean Devlin Defends Mel Gibson

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Aug 06, 2006 | 7:01am EDT

Jewish moviemaker Dean Devlin has added his support to disgraced Hollywood star Mel Gibson, insisting he's never encountered anti-Semitic attitudes from the actor.

Gibson has been attacked by sections of the Hollywood community for blasting Jews in front of a Jewish highway patrolman who arrested Gibson for driving drunk in Malibu, California, last month.

Gibson has since apologized for his remarks and called for Jewish community groups, who are furious with him, to help him save his good name.

And Devlin, who worked with the star on The Patriot, is prepared to forgive the rant, branding alcohol the cause of the outburst.

He says, "If Mel is an anti-Semite, then he spends a lot of time with us, which makes no sense.

"But he is an alcoholic, and while that makes no excuse for what he said, because there is no excuse, I believe it was the disease speaking, not the man."

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