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Gibson Not to Apologize to Temple In Person Yet

8/18/2006 9:07 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The rabbi who invited Mel Gibson to speak at his temple tells TMZ that Gibson has officially declined the invitation to appear before the Jewish congregation ... for now.

Rabbi David Baron says he was recently contacted by Gibson's publicist, who claimed the actor remains "deeply involved in personal work which includes rehab, therapy and counseling for alcoholism."

You may recall Baron, the Rabbi for the Temple of the Arts, asked Mel Gibson to his temple on Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement. In the letter, Baron made it clear that he "did not invite Mel Gibson to speak; I invited him to deliver a public apology."

In accordance with Gibson's situation, Baron says he has extended the offer to a later date. In addition to the invitations, the rabbi says he has also volunteered to join with a group of Jewish leaders dedicated to educate Gibson about the dangers of anti-Semitism.

UPDATE: Late Friday afternoon, Mel Gibson's publicist, Alan Nierob, told TMZ "Mr. Gibson hasn't declined any offers, as I haven't even discussed any offers with him. It's way too soon in his recovery , and frankly he is not interested in anything public or a photo opp."

As for Rabbi Baron's statement that Gibson rejected his request to appear at Yom Kippur services, Nierob said; "I was very clear when I spoke to the kind Rabbi yesterday that I cannot even bring any requests to my client at this time, as it is inappropriate and too early in his recovery process. He completely understood my position on this and even offered to meet with my client at a later time if and when appropriate. Also, I told him that the public nature of the request was also inappropriate."

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76.

brian    

Too bad everyone is jumping on this story as well as it's too bad Mel "lost it". From a voice of experience in rehab, I say, give the guy his time to rehab, sort out who he is and THEN start dealing with cleaning up the wreckage of the past.

2898 days ago
77.

cc    

alcoholism is a bitch-- it comes back to bite you in the ass if you give it the chance
people say things that are stupid when they are drunk- everyone needs to find the next celebrity that says the wrong thing, wears the wrong clothes, weighs to much or to little-- give these people a break-- no wonder they need a drink

2898 days ago
78.

Homewrecker hater!    

Let's face it........Mel Gibson im sure grew up in a time when he was "taught" this type of behavior. Children learn what they live, and its obvious that he was taught to hate.
He just needs to get off the alcohol, and face his life problems! Time for a good therapist now Mel..lets dig deeper as to where your "real" issues are!!! And for you people defending his behavior...shame on you!
:0)

2898 days ago
79.

Lissa    

Mel Gibson is so full of it. He says that he is not a racist and blames the slurs on drinking, but he really had it on his heart. Doesn't matter if alcohol played a factor. Thats what has always been on his heart. Hope he knows that what goes around comes around....

2898 days ago
80.

Pat    

If you want to hear name-calling, go to the message boards. What goes on there is the ultimate disgrace in name-calling. I can't believe that this is made into an international incident. People think nothing of using the absolute lowest of low language and name-calling all the time. You hear it wherever you go. It's part of the American culture [by the way, drunk or sober]. Will there ever be and end to this or is this another never-ending feud? Can't they just let him take care of it in the best way he knows? I would call this taking it to the extreme. Is there anyone who hasn't been called names, rightfully or wrongfully? Get over it.

2898 days ago
81.

~Z    

Why do people think it's their business? Thousands of people are arrested for the same thing every day and it's not plastered all over the place.

When we buy tickets to see Mel Gibson's movies, we're not paying for rights to his private life. What he does in his life is his business. That's his life and his mistakes that he and his family have to live with, deal with and learn from. We could help by not making a bad situation worse... but instead we take a bad situation worse by bringing this man's mistake out into the public and passing judgement on him. No one has the right to pass judgement except God and the last I heard, none of us are God. Have you ever heard the saying "People that live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones"? Think about that before you open your mouth to bash another person again.

People seem to think that celebrity is equal to perfection. Celebrities are not invincible or infallable. They make mistakes... they make small mistakes, big mistakes and everything in between mistakes- just like we all do.

Good luck, Mel. Don't keep kicking yourself- that's counter-productive. You'll get through this and things will work out for you and yours.

~Z

2898 days ago
82.

Welly    

I'm sick of every "persecuted" group whining about things that are said about them. Anti-semitic remarks may be WRONG, but Mel still had the right to say them because this is America. What ever happened to free speech? Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, whether that opinion is misguided or held in ignorance. Let's not be hypocritical. We all have our prejudices, if we're honest about it. What distinguishes some people from others is that they know when to keep their mouths shut. People walk around all the time thinking negative thoughts about Jews, Blacks, Hispanics, Christians, Native Americans, Muslims, etc., but they don't express those thoughts. Mel's filter was on the fritz the night he got drunk, and he blurted out something he probably would never have blurted to a police officer had he been sober. To sum it up, we have the right to our own opinions. Jews can't stop some people from having anti-Jew sentiments no matter how much Mel-bashing they do. Putting tape over somebody's mouth doesn't change ANYTHING. It takes a person years to develop their prejudices, and it takes at least as long for that person to reverse their thinking. Sometimes it happens through education, but most of the time people are so programmed to think as they do, that they embrace their prejudices their entire lives. It's a shame, but it's REALITY. You can only hope that people take each person on an individual basis. You can't force it. As for Mel, like any other public figure, when he opens his mouth someone will print it. And that's what makes it seem worse. And maybe it IS worse, because it is heard by many people. However, those people can choose to disagree with it and go about their business. Frankly, I don't feel sorry for celebrities who are hounded and whose words are printed for the world to see, because they choose their careers and get paid extremely well for their work. Like everything else in life, it's a trade-off. Everything is a trade-off. In fact, it's sad that in order NOT to offend the Jews, and every other group that feels persecuted, we have to trade-off freedom of speech. I don't know what the answer is, but I do know that everyone on this board, and yes, even Mel, is entitled to their opinion. This is still America.

2898 days ago
83.

smith    


And Jews weren't the only one faced holocaust and genocide...
We Blacks have problem with KKK.
And many other countries, people face genocide everywhere....
especially in Africa.
Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and killed Americans,
we don't hold grudge about that forever, we forgave them for that and move on.
And the Vietnamese holding our POW soldiers during Vietnam war.


If Jewish people just get rid of the "oh poor little me, I'm Jewish victim" syndrome,
maybe this world will be a better place.

And plus, Jewish people didn't mean to kill Jesus.... we all saw the movie too...

We Christians should forgive Jewish people... because they thought
Jesus was going to save himself and prove he is really God.

Jewish people made a mistake, and it was a stupid mistake. And they
are sorry over and over again...
And they shouldn't have to be punish because of what their Jewish
ancestors did to Jesus....

So Mel should not have to say sorry over and over again either.

2897 days ago
84.

Roberta    

I support Mel 100%! I guess only liberals get the "free pass" to make mistakes, as usual. Such a double standard.

The hateful comments that are spewed by hate mongers such as Howard Dean, Jessie Jackson, Al Sharpton, John Kerry, et al go unanswered and accepted.

Go Mel! I only wish I had been able to be the object of his attention!

2897 days ago
85.

Larry    

If you want an apology from Mel Gibson, then demand an apology from the rest of the world first. Mel Gibson is nobody special.

2897 days ago
86.

Tim    

cut him some slack he said some nasty things while he was drunk
lotsa alcoholics do that
give him some time to recover first before you go and judge him
if he wasnt a celebrity nobody wouldda cared in the first place they wouldda thrown him in a cell overnight and let him sleep it off...but since hes a celebrity everyone just HAS to make a big deal out of this.....the press makes me sick

2897 days ago
87.

PAT HYPES    

FOR HEAVENS SAKE, LEAVE HIM ALONE. WHO HASN'T GOTTEN DRUCK AND SAID SHIT. HE CAN SAY WHAT EVER HE WANTS. HE HAS A RIGHT TO HIS OPINION AND SO DO I AND I STILL THINK HE IS THE SEXEST MAN IN AMERICA AND I LOVE HIS PERSONALITY. IN THE WORDS OF GNARLS BARKLEY " WHO WHO WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE. THANK GOD WE ALL HAVE A RIGHT TO OUR LIFESTYLES OUR THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS AND I FEEL HE HAS A RIGHT TO TELL IT LIKE IT IS.

LOVE YA MEL

2897 days ago
88.

crystal    

We all in one way or another have said bad things to or about people,if it is true that Mr. Mel Gibson already said he was SORRY ,THEN DROP IT PEOPLE,LET IT GO< I'M SURE GOD HAS. Some of you should be ashamed of yourselves. Your downing Mr Gibson for saying what he did, but aren't you doing the same, saying hateful things.

2897 days ago
89.

Beth    

It seems to me if you make such intelligent comments, you ought to check your spelling. (Adds to your credibility!)

As far as Mel Gibson is concerned, blah, blah.

2897 days ago
90.

JANE DOE    

SHOW ME A PERSON WHO HASN'T MADE A RACIAL REMARK...NOW SHOW ME A PERSON WHO HASN'T MADE ONE WHEN DRINKING..... MEL IS JUST FAMOUS...WE AREN'T..I THINK THE PUBLIC SHOULD GET OFF HIS ASS

2897 days ago
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