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Mel Surrenders to Sawyer

10/11/2006 12:47 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Mel Gibson says he's "indefensible" against the power of alcohol.

Gibson tells ABC's Diane Sawyer about his feeling powerless in his lifelong fight against alcoholism, telling her "Even fear, the risk of everything, life, limb, family, is not enough to keep you from it, that's the hell of it."

TMZ broke the story detailing Gibson's anti-Semitic tirade the night of his DUI arrest in Malibu. He has since pleaded no contest to drunk driving and was sentenced to three years probation. The actor has also entered an Alcoholics Anonymous program.

The full interview with Mel will air tomorrow and Friday on "Good Morning America" and it appears that Mel Gibson's tour of attrition is already working. TMZ posed the question to our readers yesterday "Do you forgive Mel?" and the response was a bit surprising.

At last check, nearly 7,500 people voted in the poll, with nearly two-thirds voting yes.

Seems like whatever Mel is saying, it's working so far.

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