Mel Gibson’s 2006 DUI might be behind him but the reportedly rowdy and profane, not to mention racial epithet-laden, video taken that night is still haunting the Hollywood Star. L.A. County Sheriff’s Deputy James Mee has requested the release of the video in conjunction with a religious discrimination lawsuit he has filed agains the Sheriff’s department.
Mee, the arresting officer in Meg Gibson’s 2006 DUI stop, claims that he had faced retaliation from his employer based on the resultant shaming of Gibson, a friend of Sheriff Lee Baca for whom Gibson had previously recorded a public service announcement. Mee alleges in his suit that a department Sergeant erased a potentially embarrassing tape of Gibson’s arrest.
Mee also claims that he was directed by the department to re-write his arrest report, omitting Gibson’s use of racial slurs. The original version of the report was initially leaked to celebrity gossip site, TMZ.com. Mee was immediately targeted as the source of the leak, although this has never been confirmed.
Mee contends that subsequent negative performance reviews, promotion denials and unwanted transfers were the result of racially-motivated discrimination against him, stemming from the Gibson DUI incident.
While the L.A. County Sheriff’s department has asked that the case be dismissed, it appears that Mee will get an opportunity to plead his case in front of a jury. The trial is set to begin on February 14th.