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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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346.

angeleyes    

BTW TMZ gossip - you are of the age where the 2 martini lunch was the acceptable form of business - Did you miss out on that? You may be able to snow the younger crowd but I don't believe a word you print - self righteous bigots doen't get my vote on honesty

1452 days ago
347.

michelle    

377.
research this;
Oliver Stone Mel Gibson

Posted at 6:12 PM on Sep 10, 2010 by michelle
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It's pretty amazing Stone was let off the hook... and he was allegedly sober. If you want someone in Hollyweird that is certifiable look no further than Oliver Stone.


Posted at 6:30 PM on Sep 10, 2010 by Tellthetruth59
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sooner than later we all have issues

i would guess Oliver Stone's as alright as anyone
i wish he hadn't caved, his point of view is as valid as anyones, and he too knows how to make mind bending movies

i found this contained some interesting stats.;
http://www.stoptheaclu.com/2010/07/30/a-tale-of-two-anti-semitic-rants-oliver-stones-not-so-bad-mel-gibsons-horrible/

the real issue of interest is; M.G. stated he never even said the things alluded to him, there's no proof that he did, yet this fact doesn't seem to matter to anyone at all .... because .... it/this isn't really about him, it is, and always will be, about that movie he made about love and faith

if Oliver Stone was to go ahead with the movie idea he had, he would risk being treated the same, guess he's not up to the stress, bless him

there's only one overall story allowed to flourish in this country, everything else is labeled anti-something
(which in itself is silly, to be 'for' something one would, in a sense need to, be against something else .... who cheers for both teams even if they're both good, which side would such people sit on)

another interesting site;
http://mondoweiss.net/about-mondoweiss

1452 days ago
348.

Bunny that earns scooby snacks!    

Angeleyes, and anyone else thinking to inform TMZG or Scooty:

It's smarter to just not respond to TMZG or Scooty. They are not in anyway thinking or reasonable. They are more just sh** stirrers. They take what you say and twist it around until you feel like you have to defend/explain what you said. Just don't go there. They are hopeless (and I think they maybe the last reminents of the Oxaloonie Team.)

Smarter, easier to just not bother! If you do respond the abuse you recieve will just go on and on.

(BTW, everyone that has chimed in here have all had good valid points to make!) Time to let the thread die, IMO.

1452 days ago
349.

michelle    

I love that I am now labeled self-righteous because I don't drink & drive and I am not a racist anti-semite.

Posted at 8:28 AM on Sep 11, 2010 by TMZgossip

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who posted/said you weren't a "racist anti-semite" well ... they should take that back, how rude

you do seem to think you're omnipresent
and you seem a bit over the top in your judgements of people you don't know

1452 days ago
350.

michelle    

391.
who posted/said you weren't a "racist anti-semite" well ... they should take that back, how rude

you do seem to think you're omnipresent
and you seem a bit over the top in your judgements of people you don't know

Posted at 8:49 AM on Sep 11, 2010 by michelle
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your reading/english comprehension is wors then angeleyes

because I point out that he is a racist anti-semite, now I am one -- great logic there!!!!!!

I didn't have to pass judgment on Gibson. His rants did without my help.


Posted at 9:33 AM on Sep 11, 2010 by TMZgossip

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what rants ??????????

you're the only one 'ranting'

you are the one deciding what constitutes racism anti-semitism and reading/english comprehension .... busy busy busy

1451 days ago
351.

Tellthetruth59    

sooner than later we all have issues

i would guess Oliver Stone's as alright as anyone
i wish he hadn't caved, his point of view is as valid as anyones, and he too knows how to make mind bending movies

i found this contained some interesting stats.;
http://www.stoptheaclu.com/2010/07/30/a-tale-of-two-anti-semitic-rants-oliver-stones-not-so-bad-mel-gibsons-horrible/

the real issue of interest is; M.G. stated he never even said the things alluded to him, there's no proof that he did, yet this fact doesn't seem to matter to anyone at all .... because .... it/this isn't really about him, it is, and always will be, about that movie he made about love and faith

if Oliver Stone was to go ahead with the movie idea he had, he would risk being treated the same, guess he's not up to the stress, bless him

there's only one overall story allowed to flourish in this country, everything else is labeled anti-something
(which in itself is silly, to be 'for' something one would, in a sense need to, be against something else .... who cheers for both teams even if they're both good, which side would such people sit on)

another interesting site;
http://mondoweiss.net/about-mondoweiss

Posted at 11:39 PM on Sep 10, 2010 by michelle
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IMO, a hole wore itself into Stone's bag of marbles in the mid to late 90's. Prior to that he made some great movies. Stone doesn't have the "stones" to do what would have been his most controversial movie ... Gibson did. I'll leave to the reader to question why. I personally know a Catholic woman --still alive-- whose entire family, village and friends were murdered in the camps. MAYBE Stone has a point and it would have been a good movie. We'll never know. People are no longer able to express a different point of view without being vilified and crucified in the press and being attacked and verbally tasered by the politically correct police.

Thanks for the link to the blog: http://www.stoptheaclu.com/2010/07/30/a-tale-of-two-anti-semitic-rants-oliver-stones-not-so-bad-mel-gibsons-horrible/

I found it very interesting.

1451 days ago
352.

michelle    

Thanks for the link to the blog: http://www.stoptheaclu.com/2010/07/30/a-tale-of-two-anti-semitic-rants-oliver-stones-not-so-bad-mel-gibsons-horrible/

I found it very interesting.


Posted at 3:38 PM on Sep 11, 2010 by Tellthetruth59

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i hadn't noticed the blog site,
i first found that article in the M.G. on-line news

1451 days ago
353.

KoalaBabe    

381.

To TMZGossip:

You should take comfort in the fact that Mr. Gibson is a far better person than you.

Posted at 8:22 PM on Sep 10, 2010 by Maya

i am happy that i am not an alcoholic
i am happy that i would never drink and drive
i am happy that i am not a racist
i am happy i am not anti-semitic
i am happy i have never been arrested
i am happy i have never been accused of DV

and...
I am happy that i let the right head do my thinking, something else Gibson needs to learn

so, with that being said, your version of "better person" and mine are diametrically opposed -- and that makes me even more comfortable.

Posted at 10:22 PM on Sep 10, 2010 by TMZgossip

i am happy that i am not an alcoholic ( he used to run a bar in Toronto but he only drink water)

i am happy that i would never drink and drive ( He either ride a push bike or live at the top of the bar)

i am happy that i am not a racist ( Nope he is not a racist, but he kept reminding us of Mel Gibson anti-semitic rants and held him in contempt. He is a closet bigot in a big way )

i am happy i have never been arrested ( Your lucky, so does many of us )

i am happy i have never been accused of DV ( Your nobody, just like us, your not celebrity so nobody cares if your rolling down the streets on your own vomits and screaming my life is stuffed and hates Jesus. Your not newsworthy )

After reading your saintly gospel about yourself, I am kinda amazed why your not been nominated for a sainthood.

You have unblemished records, not even a parking ticket?
You're so darn perfect, you've put my late grandfather into shamed, we honestly thought he was the most wonderful person, highly decorated during his stint in Australian Royal Navy on WW2.
But he coped a parking fines when his ticket expired due to his doctor appointment took too long.

Having a moniker of "TMZGossip doesn't suit you at all, it should be "TMZsaintperfect"

1451 days ago
354.

michelle    

what rants ??????????

you're the only one 'ranting'

you are the one deciding what constitutes racism anti-semitism and reading/english comprehension .... busy busy busy

Posted at 10:11 AM on Sep 11, 2010 by michelle

the Gibson rants
I'm not surprised you are too stupid to be able to follow a conversation


Posted at 8:12 PM on Sep 11, 2010 by TMZgossip


actually i don't accept gossip as fact, that would be .... as you're want to say 'stupid'

the roadside issue has been proven tampered with .... rendering it no more than one persons account, not enough to accept as fact .... though if one were to consider, how do those words equal a rant or anything anti,
if someone asked me if i was a Christian i wouldn't be offended, and if someone said they thought Christians started all the wars i would be prone to disagree, but would consider the possibility, i wouldn't however, think the person to be anti-Christian based on those comments, this was a thinly veiled effort to promote dislike toward the accused

the illegal tapes sound like a bad Rich Little act, and yet again it's one persons account of what transpired, the correct context is said to have been destroyed thereby rendering the entire content mute, except to those looking for another excuse to promote dislike toward the accused

as to the movie the only reason it is considered anti-Jewish is because it doesn't promote popular Jewish doctrine ....
the chosen theme being, 'if it's not pro-Jewish, it's anti-Jewish' ... sorry but i for one don't chose to agree with that narcissistic viewpoint

for the sake of seeing your view let's say M.G. said everything he has been accused of .... all i can say is, in just one day on just one blog. i've seen much worse, you yourself, are a case in point, i personally find you to be unkind, unfair and dishonest

btw a semite is defined as;
1 a. 1 aa member of any of a number of peoples of ancient southwestern Asia including the Akkadians, Phoenicians, Hebrews, and Arabsb. ba descendant of these peoples
2. 2a member of a modern people speaking a Semitic language


one last thought; next time you may want to think for yourself before you join the mob

1451 days ago
355.

michelle    


394.
daft michelle

the roadside issue was not tampered with. Mee refused to tamper with his report, hence the issue that brought on his lawsuit.
Gibson pled guilty to the DUI and issued 2 apologies, admitting to making deplorable anti-semitic statements.

I don't put much weight on the Oxy tapes. they sound contrived but i'll wait for them to hit a courtroom before I make a final decision.

The movie -- sorry, i don't care about it at all.

There is no "let's say" with regards to what Gibson said. He never argued it, he admitted to it... in 2 different statements.

and the definition is:
an·ti-Sem·ite 
–noun
a person who discriminates against or is prejudiced or hostile toward Jews.

and the only gang in here is the rabid team mel members who don't ever let facts get in the way of their spastic defense of someone for something he already admitted he did what they claim he didn't do.

Posted at 8:57 PM on Sep 12, 2010 by TMZgossip

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M.G. was said to be in and out of a black out drunk much of that evening
did he ever say he remembered what happened, or did he accept what he was told had happened

the road side issue was tampered with
initially the paperwork was written incorrectly, against typical procedure
officer Mee refused to revise the paperwork
it was leaked to the public, ref. Bill AB920
it has been proven that calls to TMZ were made from the home of
officer Mee
officer Mee wants more money than he can earn, he is directly involved in this issue, i question his honesty
which causes me to question every detail
the arrest is one persons account

if there was at least legal tape to back up the officers story
M.G. later learned that he didn't call the female officer sugar****
then there would be the question; does a person who is drunk 'mean' what they say
though it still wouldn't change my contention that the words were/are not a big deal
do you have any examples of M.G. hurting Semite people

does your unforgiving dislike spread evenly or do you excuse some transgressions, do you say unkind things about Oliver Stone too

semite is language grouping, i defined it correctly,
though we can of corse disagree

i still wonder why it's okay for people like you to call others incorrect names, but people like M.G. are treated differently

1450 days ago
356.

michelle    

Dear 'TMZgossip';
if it be G-ds Will,
may your 'heart' be filled with His Love
G-d Bless you

1449 days ago
357.

mspaap    

This policeman will learn that money talks and BS walks.

He should asked Oksana.

1420 days ago
358.

DaleVM    

So, Harvey, how much money did you give Mee for the police report? We know that your involved. You can't lie your way out of this one!

1332 days ago
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