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Deputy Who Busted Mel Gibson Sues

9/7/2010 7:08 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The L.A. Sheriff's Deputy who arrested Mel Gibson in the infamous 2006 arrest is suing the County of L.A., claiming he's the victim of retaliation.

James Mee Lawsuit

In the lawsuit, Deputy James Mee claims at the time of his arrest, Gibson was a spokesperson for the L.A. County Sheriff's Star Program and had filed a public service announcement for Sheriff Lee Baca, whom Mee says was Gibson's "close friend."

Mee claims he was "unjustly denied" a promotion -- the result of "religious discrimination and retaliation for plaintiff's religion and his report of anti-Semitic remarks by [Gibson]."

You'll recall, TMZ broke the story of Gibson's anti-Semitic rant.  Mee is Jewish.

The suit claims Sergeant Tracy Palmer erased a videotape involving the arrest of Gibson.  Sources tell TMZ Mee has said the alleged video shows Gibson out of control at the jail after his arrest.  Mee has told people the tape shows Gibson screaming at the top of his lungs and pacing in the cell.

TMZ has independently confirmed there was indeed a videotape of Mel at the jail -- the cameras are mounted and trained on the booking area in the Lost Hills jail.

This is the first time Mee has revealed at length the events of July 28, 2006. He claims, as TMZ first reported, he documented Gibson's tirade in his initial report but was ordered by superiors to rewrite the report, deleting the slurs. The lawsuit -- filed by attorneys Etan Lorant and Yael Trock -- goes on to say the original 4 pages in Mee's report were published by TMZ.

Mee says he was immediately targeted as the alleged TMZ leak, despite the fact that other non-Jewish deputies had access to the 4 pages.  Mee says he was unmercifully interrogated, received a negative job performance report and claims it was all the result of religious discrimination.

Mee says the department launched several investigations targeting him, to determine if he was the TMZ leak.  Although Mee didn't mention it, the Sheriff's Department secretly obtained search warrants for the work and home phone records of Harvey Levin.  The Sheriff's Department has never determined who leaked the document.

Sheriff's spokesperson Steve Whitmore tells TMZ, "We are looking forward to telling the whole story and the whole story is not being told in this lawsuit.  Ethnicity and gender have nothing to do with any of this.  An investigation was launched by the Sheriff's Department to try and discover who was leaking official documents without authorization.  That is a crime."


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316.

Tellthetruth59    

Mel Gibson hates too many people. DO NOT go to his movies. DO NOT buy anything connected with him. Mel flushed his career down the bowl.

Posted at 5:01 PM on Sep 9, 2010 by Lew
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If you love Lew, you will keep his commands. john 14: 15

Though shalt not view Mel Gibson's movies
Though shalt not buy anything connected with him
Though shalt be a slave to politically correct instruction

That is the gospel according to "john" and by "john" I mean the thing that Lew said Mel Gibson flushed his career into...

1512 days ago
317.

KoalaBabe    

um, did you look at what this thread is about?
this is a lawsuit based on the fall out from the night of the arrest and how it snowballed into a police officer being allegedly discriminated against because he refused to make a false report.

so why are the "rabid team mel" group in here trying to deny something that he admitted to actually happened?

why did it take 4 years?
maybe because the internal affairs investigation was ongoing.
maybe because the last time he was qualified for a position and it closed without being filled was the "last straw".
maybe because the board granted his right to sue the department.
maybe because he wanted to sue while press was discussing Gibson.

It looks like a well do***ented case. get it before a judge so we get to hear actual evidence, and not sound bites leaked to a gossip rag.

Posted at 5:05 PM on Sep 9, 2010 by TMZgossip

"police officer being allegedly discriminated against because he refused to make a false report."


According to police reports: When deputy Mee asked to re-wrote his reports was to omit the religious profanities directed at him"

1) As I said before and said it again "That is standard procedure"
2) You are on duty and people you're arresting bound to call you named while you arrest them.
3) You cannot files and record the profanities that was aimed to you ( deputy Mee) that come with the job.
4) Deputy Mee can only write and file of Mel Gibson assaulting him, if he was assaulted.
5) Deputy Mee can write a files of Mel Gibson ranting if he was aiming it to ordinary bystander.

Deputy Mee was not asked to file false reports. " He was asked to omit the religious rants because his superior knows is not allowed and also will cause some public uproars"

In my mind deputy James Mee was so angry about being told to omit the religious rantings aimed to his person "James Mee"

So the the original reports mysteriously ended to TMZ.

Mel Gibson was charged and apologized because his arrest was made public debacle and of course jewish community was outraged.

That one of the reasons the superiors of deputy Mee trying to the avoid, the backlashed and the person will be judged harshly before the case goes to the court.

Deputy Mee already served 17 years as police officers and was overlooked to any promotions.
I think I know why, he is thin skinned, vindictive and not fit to served his country as law enforcer.
Did you know US soldiers that served overseas are victim of racist taunting and abusives profanities but as law enforcer they are taught of "I hear nothing to any profanities hurtled their way."

That also apply to the police force or police officers on duty. "Deputy Mee broke the rules section of regulations" by filing a report for personal verbal attacked to his person "deputy Mee"
Which is not allowed, if he was off duty, and Mel Gibson was taunting him with racist tirades, he can file a report to the police station that's his right as a citizen and he was off duty, therefore he is bound to the same protections as any other citizens.

But while he was on duty he cannot, he chose to work in hazzardous/high risk professions and he should expect abused/taunting from louts on the street everyday while he is on duty.

Did he files reports about them too? that he was called Jewish or other matter? guess not.
He made exception for Mel Gibson arrest because he is celebrity.

As I said before I am not making excuses for Mel Gibson dui, he made mistakes it was his first offense why can't people let it go?
He made a noble gesture to atoned himself, therefore that should be end of the story.

And for TMZGossips, I wonder if you have deep hate and anger towards Mel Gibson, because you seem can't let go of his anti-semitic ranting among other things. Everytime something come up about Mel Gibson's your one of the people whom jumped into the bandwagon and make sure to remind the haters about his past misdemeanor, doesn't your conscience twinged a bit?

Mel team are rabid according to TMZgossips: "stick and stones will break my bones, but your words can't hurt me" Police officers gospels, which deputy Mee forgotten.

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318.

KoalaBabe    

Morning everyone:)

1512 days ago
319.

KoalaBabe    

Take care all, I'm off to work:) see ya's tonight.

1512 days ago
320.

angeleyes    

Well TMZ Gossip - Bet this latest action of "Mee's" won't get him a promotion either - So I would guess if he hasn't gotten one in the past 17 years he's got a bad attitude and therefore this is just his excuse for a bone to pick this time round.
"V" outlined his past performance - it's a good read - you might look into it -
As for your beliefs and mine - well we differ - not that either will make any difference in a court of law - unless you happen to have been present at the time of the incident -

1512 days ago
321.

KoalaBabe    

Gibson apologies for making anti-Semitic statements. Your IDOL isn't denying he made the statements, you wackos are!!!!!

that DOESN'T make him guilty of DV.
From the beginnings of the posts over this split up I have steadfastly maintained that Oxy is not believable.

btw... hate is an emotion. I don't hate anyone.

Posted at 6:48 PM on Sep 9, 2010 by TMZgossip

Excused me, I did not deny he didn't make any statement, I fact if you read it right, I stated I don't make excuses to Mel Gibson driving while under the influenced. Don't just glaced at it, read it properly.

I am the disputing his reports of alleged ranting by Gibson to himself.

Which he filed on reports, which was not allowed.
If all police officers are allowed to files a reports of profanities/racist remarks hurled to them on the streets while on duty, there'll be no room for those Anti-Semitic/abusive/misogynist/anti-religion/anti-Muslims/anti-gay/Anti-politicians/Anti-Asians/Anti-black people in jail.

I am not idolizing anyone, I am not one of those doe eyed gal that go gaga to celebrities and other famous dignitaries.

They just people and I would never attached myself to anyone to be famous.

I just want was it right, deputy James Mee has already ruined Mel Gibson reputations years ago and still trying to dragged his name down even though he had repented to his sins.

So before you get your balls into a knot weight down what I said. Don't you think it's really fair for you to keep bringing up his past misdemeanor till the day he die? don't you have compassionate bones in your body at all?

And for your remark about Oksana, I don't hate her, I am angry for she didn't do the right thing.

1512 days ago
322.

maya    

I used to enjoy reading what "sweetheart" had to say, but this "sweetheart" not so much. Someone already said that they didn't believe it was the same "sweetheart". Can someone tell me, did the old "sweetheart" ever use the word "DUDE"?


Maya 28

1511 days ago
323.

Bunny that earns scooby snacks!    

Maya, yes, I think she did.

1511 days ago
324.

Stacy    

In #352 Sweetheart posted "nothign hapend during the arrest, and mel gibso was filmed in jal and also while arrivign at the station and a third time while being interogated and dint show out any of the things that officer mee alleged he did."

That's probably correct since Mel Gibson's breathalyzer test showed his alcohol level was only 0.12, which is 0.04 over the legal limit.That information is out there, I think it's even on wikipedia. How could anybody go wild when they're only a tiny bit over the legal limit ?
James Mee may have fabricated the entire incident.
If Mel's PR person told him to just go along with it and apologize, I think that was a mistake. He should have fought the allegations if they were false.
I really hope that all of the truth comes out ! I have never seen anyone's character assaainated by liars as much as Mel Gibson's has been.

1511 days ago
325.

KoalaBabe    

James Mee didn't ruin Gibsons rep -- Gibson did that himself.

come on COURT CASES -- lets hear the evidence!!!!!

Posted at 7:25 AM on Sep 10, 2010 by TMZgossip

Oh to be perfect like TMZGossip.

Again I have to remind you, that was Mel Gibson first offense.

But I knew I am wasting my time, your a person whom be there cheering in front of a gallows, yes I can't wait for the court case and would like to find out whom leaked or handed the Mel Gibson dui files to TMZ, then again, we should know that no one will sing it out.

I hope justice will be served to the guilty ones and those who profits from other people bad times. As the saying goes, god works in mysterious way, we are not invincible on earth nor immortal.

1511 days ago
326.

V    

MY TAKE ON THIS WHOLE MATTER - ENTIRELY MY OPINION!!!

tmzgossip - understand where you stand on the Mel DUI. But this case is an EMPLOYMENT suit, isn't it? It really is about the character, competence, and claims of Deputy Mee, isn't it?

There were two separate investigations into the 2006 MEL GIBSON DUI arrest. The ARRESTING OFFICER's REPORT was closely examined. One of the results was a policy the SHERIFF's department had used for years morphed into a CA statute. That LAW was directly linked to Deputy Mee and what he did both the night of the arrest AND what he said during interviews and to the media immediately following the arrest, wasn't it?

IN LA there are laws on the books and units within departments of various levels of government in CA. And there are policies in place to try and ALLOW CELEBRITIES, "HIGH PROFILE CASES" the SAME RIGHT OF PRIVACY and DUE PROCESS that regular citizens receive. (If you have followed baby Lucia's custody and support case, then you have read about DCFS's SIU) It was/is not a question of SPECIAL treatment. And it was NEVER a question of FALSIFYING A POLICE REPORT. To assert that one has to ignore police polices in force in 2006.

Deputy Mee's initial report DID NOT FOLLOW the SHERIFF's department ALREADY in PLACE rules on how to WRITE A REPORT when a CELEBRITY is involved - and remember he had been employed for 17 yrs and worked in a precinct where lots of celebrities reside! How and why he did not automatically include a supplimental report goes to the heart of the problems that he claims followed, doesn't it? So when he turned in his report his supv had to TELL him to DO IT OVER and do it RIGHT. Obviously there was NO attempt by anyone to DESTROY that first report was there? When he was asked by his supervisor to do what was expected AND WRITE THE REPORT CORRECTLY he argued didn't he? It is in the body of his lawsuit, isn't it? So he was ORDERED to do it AND HE was also ORDERED to put his initial report in a safe.

When examined by two independent reviwers, the material in his initial report with the four page narative and the corrected report with the included the supplimental report submitted to the DA were IDENTICAL. NO ONE at any time in the Sheriff's Department ALTERRED or GAGGED Deputy Mee's account of events, did they? And the DA had all the information he needed to properly handle the case. Begs the question why Deputy Mee had a problem at all, doesn't it? And because all of it was there what was/is any basis of discrimination against Mee?

But it doesn't stop there does it? REMEMBER THIS CASE IS ABOUT HOW THIS EMPLOYEE BEHAVED - HE is claiming RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION and HARASSMENT by HIS EMPLOYER. Deputy MEE was supposed to secure his initial report in a safe but apparently someone made copies of it. How did that happen? HE was the creator and the one who had custody of the report, wasn't he? What did he do wrong? Then these copies found their way to TMZ. You have mentioned inaccurately falsifying a report. What about a police officer properly SECURING HIS own REPORT? And if you want to believe he secured it in the safe then how do you explain what happened next?

Two more steps occurred didn't they? BOTH investigations found phone records between Harvey Levin and Mee's RESIDENCE, right? Begs the question who in this man's home had a relationship or multiple conversations with Mr. Levin and WHY? Considering his lawsuit made sure to note that Sgt. Finch and Mel Gibson attended the same church, I had to wonder "do Mee or any of his family/friends attend the same TEMPLE as Harvey Levin or someone else who works at TMZ? I also wondered because MIKE from TMZ talks often about his family working for the police and fire departments, if that could be a link in this chain? I also wondered about the man whose cubicle is directly behind the TMZ live shot who apparently used to be police officer. In Deputy Mee's lawsuit filing he mentions how he while at Lost Hills a long time and was "established" and "familiar" and his transfer forced him to "re-establish contacts with the public". Who in the public was he familiar? Could that be the link? Doesn't this man now open the floodgates for any and all relationships to be scrutinized again?

What I find most intriquing the dates of the conversations between Mr. Levin and someone who made calls from the Mee home have never seen the light of day, have they? I think the dates and times and lengths of those calls should be made PUBLIC. What do you think? Do we know if any preceeded the actual arrest? I also wonder about calls from anyone at that home where Mel Gibson was and Deputy Mee and TMZ. How about how long after the arrest did any calls between Mr. Levin and Deputy Mee begin? Because charges were not picked up by the DA much of the police work regarding the CRIMINAL investigation into the THEFT of Mee's initial report is unknown. THIS LAWSUIT is going to force it into the LIGHT, won't it? MEE used that arrest over and over as a basis to sue his employer so won't his actions now find their way on the record? And if this man's case fails what could be the COUNTERSUIT(s)? against MEE?

Hasn't he put a lot of people's reputations and careers in the crosshairs? When anyone sues someone shouldn't they weigh carefully all of the reputations not just their own? This man clearly has a grudge against his employer. And he apparently has no trouble throwing a lot of people under the bus -

Sheriff Baca
Watch Commander LT. Crystal Miranda
Watch Sergeant Kevin Finch
Sgt. Tracy Palmer
Lt. Stephen
Captain Martin
WHOEVER EVALUATED & HIRED for the eight positions at the various commands/stations/departments he was denied
Internal Affairs
Whoever was hired for seven of eight positions he desired

And Deputy Mee has dredged up and mentioned Mel Gibson repeatedly in his filing, hasn't he? How long is the statute of limitation? Did anyone find it interesting that the date of the Notification to Complaintant's attorney occurred the very SAME month that ROL began to publish information from those tapes? I couldn't help but wonder IF and WHEN TMZ was approached about the tapes? Was it just coincidence? Were there any communications between TMZ and MEE around the same time? Isn't the door open to speculate if TMZ received an opportunity to use the 2010 RANT tapes if they declined because of something involving the 2006 DUI events? I do find it very interesting that authorities have as far as we know NOT been able to determine the specifics as to terms and value assigned to the TMZ published STOLEN ARREST REPORT and ROL published tape series supposedly derived from ILLEGAL recordings.

TWO last things happened back in 2006 where Deputy Mee was concerned, didn't they? Deputy Mee gave statements to various press after the arrest, didn't he? Statements by the Police usually are made by the Public Affairs officer or the CHIEF or a DETECTIVE working a case. Why was he talking at all? It was during this time the "sugar tits" comment was determined to be a phrase Deputy Mee used wasn't it? Yet in his report(s) he assigned it to Mel Gibson. Doesn't that bother you? Some have mentioned "falsifying a police report". What would you call what Deputy Mee did?

I doubt seriously calling a co-worker or a supervisor that phrase was acceptable code of conduct in 2006, do you? This man listed position after position he didn't recieve and yet if you go to the SHERIFF's employment pages you will find there was a successful lawsuit forcing the Sheriff's department to HIRE at least 20 percent females in force for most of the time period. I couldn't help but wonder as I read his lawsuit and then read the specifics about the LONE mysogonistic comment assigned to Mel Gibson during that 2006 arrest actually correctly belonged to arresting officer Mee if HIS OWN CONDUCT was why he kept getting rejected as a candidate. Considering the language he used during that arrest and his subsequent UNSATIFACTORY performance review I am puzzled how this man doesn't understand through a PAPER TRAIL how to understand HIS PART. Didn't his performance review state clearly what he did wrong? And don't folks in the LA Sheriff's department have to sign their performance reviews? I did notice that NONE of that paperwork was submitted to the court.

And this man waits until SEPT. 2010 to file any civil suit. I wonder what was in his most recent performance review? Do they happen annually in August?

His decision to go into CIVIL court instead of allowing governmental agencies to investigation OR after governmental agencies did investigate forces I HOPE this whole matter to be HIGHBEAMED! Afterall, this man worked as a public servant. He was paid with tax payer dollars. This lawsuit will cost even more tax payer dollars. Ironically he listed a position (which is frozen due to budget cuts) as part of an effort to discriminate against him -- AMAZING to me.

When I finished reading, I had one fundamental question circling - Is he ABSOLUTELY AMAZINGLY IRRESPONSIBLE?

I had to wonder will ANY of the defendants in this case or even MEL GIBSON at the end of this CIVIL case have grounds to SUE this man or/and possibly others personally? This man alleged his reputation has been damaged. What about all the reputations of the folks he claimed were less qualified than him?

His new attorneys may see great opportunities for themselves at every angle of this, but did Mee actually realize what he set in motion and can he afford it? There are statutory limits if this man prevails aren't there? And prevail or fail the people whom he branded as "LESS QUALIFED" have had their credentials and reputations adversely affected by his suit,haven't they? Why on earth would he or her attorneys feel it was proper to brand anyone who received a position as "LESS QUALIFIED"? I would be talking to my attorney RIGHT NOW if I was any of the seven.

1511 days ago
327.

sfinsf    

I think this is a case of "sue Mel and try to get some money? Mee, too!"

Do people have NO SHAME? (Oh, sorry -- it's L.A/Malibu, I forgot...)

1511 days ago
328.

Curious    

Popping in with two cents -

Righty-O, Mr. Mel screwed up and got busted in 2006 for DUI. He took responsibility for the rant and the arrest, went over and above his sentencing and has not been arrested since.

Four fookin' years later, people are STILL carrying on in Hollywood about racists rants. Mee's suit is based on discrimination from that arrest (despite the fact his work record is barely passable).

OMG!! Political Incorrectness! We must crucify the bastid!

Meanwhile, those same people in Hollywood who to this day still rage on what Mr. Mel SAID (just words, remember), welcome with open arms the return of Roman Polanksi who raped and sodomized a child.

Yeah, folks, ya'll got your priorities straight.
(That was sarcasm, by the way.)

1511 days ago
329.

middleagedcrazy    

TMZG -- Calm down, sweetheart, it was only 25 or so years ago. Have you lived that long?

Both times, Mr. Gibson paid the price for his crimes.

Tee hee

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330.

Lori    

I meant to spell Mee not Me.

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