Hollywood film-maker Mel Gibson has apologised for anti-Semitic remarks he made during an arrest for drink-driving. The Oscar-winning director was stopped by police on Friday in the affluent Los Angeles suburb of Malibu. In a statement, he asked for forgiveness for the “vitriolic and harmful words” spoken to a police officer on the night of his arrest. Forgiveness which, for some in the Jewish community, may be hard to find:
“Well, I think it’s terrible when people like that, you know they have to be careful what they say in the streets, people look up to them. They have to be careful what they say, I think it’s terrible what happened,” said one young orthodox Jew in LA.
“I think he should be ashamed of himself for lying when he made “The Passion of the Christ” saying he wasn’t an anti-Semite,” said another woman. The US television network ABC has pulled a program about the Holocaust that Gibson’s production company was making.