Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Mel Gibson may be called as witness

Mel Gibson may be called to give evidence in the discrimination case brought by the sheriff's deputy who arrested him

A sheriff's deputy who claims he was discriminated against after arresting Mel Gibson on suspicion of drunken driving has listed the Oscar-winner as a potential witness in his forthcoming trial against his department.

The 56-year-old, best known for his roles in the Mad Max and Lethal Weapon series and who directed and starred in Braveheart, may be called to give evidence at the February 14 trial.

Attorneys for sheriff's deputy James Mee have also listed Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca as a possible witness during the trial which will focus on whether the deputy endured discrimination because he is Jewish after Gibson's 2006 arrest.

The deputy's attorneys claim his superiors forced him to remove references to an anti-Semitic tirade by Gibson from a report and later ostracised him.

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