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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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31.

Cynthia J    

I'm no fan of Mel Gibson. But I can't stand money-grubbing con-artists. As it is Cops retire at full pay when they're about 50. I am so sick of people sucking off the Government, and suing everyone in sight.

1453 days ago
32.

KoalaBabe    

The tactics here:

Let's contact James Mee advise him to sue LA County for Mel Gibson past misdemeanor that will take the heat off Oksana and the public opinion might changed towards her.

NOT GONNA HAPPEN!

1453 days ago
33.

vindog    

C'mon Harvey, are you helping this loser out?
All Cops and political folk are corupt, period.
Watch your wallet people. Where do you think the State, Feds and County's and City's get their money? You and me people, you and me. We lose for one persons greed, again.

1453 days ago
34.

raven    

Well, someone needs to take down that ******* Mel..get in line folks. Something will stick one day. Where there is smoke there is fire as the saying goes.

1453 days ago
35.

SayWhat    

wonder if Oksanas PR person put him up to this. Quit your freaking whinning already. You got paid the first time when you sold the do***ents loser.

1453 days ago
36.

SayWhat    

Posted at 4:21 PM on Sep 7, 2010 by beachgal
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You get lost beachgal, Im used to reading your ignorant comments over at ROL? whats the matter, ROL not paying Oksana for "exclusives" anymore?

1453 days ago
37.

KoalaBabe    

40.

Well, someone needs to take down that ******* Mel..get in line folks. Something will stick one day. Where there is smoke there is fire as the saying goes.

Posted at 4:24 PM on Sep 7, 2010 by raven

Technically Mel Gibson and was drunk, he was spewing alleged racist profanities.

Legal sense: he cannot be charged for that.
Unless he was hurting a jew, i'e punching him for a being a Jew.
That what we called true racist.
But if he was just spewing it like hot airs no charged will stick.

All police get abused by people they've arrested. They were drunk, caught and on defensive's.

If he is that sulky touchy person, he should not work in law enforcement unit because he knew you're always on firing line of high risk when on field works.

I should know, I am one.

1453 days ago
38.

SayWhat    

btw. when you want to comment on someone's "intelligence" it might have more bearing if you could actually spell the word

Posted at 4:27 PM on Sep 7, 2010 by TMZgossip
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bwahahahahaha!!!

1453 days ago
39.

Muppet    

OH boy another person looking for their 15 minutes of fame and a million dollar pay off. Amazing that he waits four years to file the claim. Something stinks here!!

1453 days ago
40.

KoalaBabe    

To people who kept rehashing Mel past demeanor of being anti-Semitic, you really don't know a true meaning of it hit you between the eyes.

Oksana had fed the public with "Mel wants Jews bloods on his hand"

Real Meaning: " Please give me part on your movie, since I tittle tattle on Mel"

She knows big guns on Hollywood are jewish,
hence sucking up to them but they ain't buying her story.
They are not stupid like some gullible twits who keep this old news as new again.

1453 days ago
41.

Genna    

OH boy another person looking for their 15 minutes of fame and a million dollar pay off. Amazing that he waits four years to file the claim. Something stinks here!!

Posted at 4:34 PM on Sep 7, 2010 by Muppet

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Absolutely. Timing is everything. This positively reeks of "PR."

1453 days ago
42.

Jenny    

This is a very slippery slope he is trying to climb. He disobeyed several direct orders. He was told to lock his statement up to keep it safe, he did not. This was his collar, his case got leaked to the press. He is suing you. This is your tax money he is demanding. He is suing the American people, he claims you did him wrong. He feels discriminated against yet stayed at the job for nearly five more years, glutton for punishment? I am sure if he immediately addressed his dilema immediately he would have been helped to the fullest of the counties ability, but he did not. He has displayed on several occasion is innability to comply with rules and regulations. The job of the police is to supply evidence and paperwork for the city and state, he failed to so on several occasions cited in his lawyers paperwork. I am left wondering much more than has been answered for example did this person file a complaint against Gibson when this happened, if not why? Any cop would have filed different complaints as soon as any of this happened including the supposed discrimination. I just don't understand why he stayed at a job for so many years if he believed he was being treated unjustly based on his religion, this is America and religion is important here. He is suing a great number of people, his case must include any and all that were aware of his alleged discrimination. I am going to put my judge robes on and dismiss his claim, I will give him some advice for his next go around and that is to file all claims early and make your case while the wound is fresh. When you put up with something you think is indecent against you for such a long time you stop being a victim and start becoming an axe grinder. The goverment of the United States doesn't owe you a promotion simply because you feel you deserve one because of your religion. I must accept the possiblity that you were refused promotions because of your innability to follow direct orders. Item 22 on Dec 27 you claim you were suspended because you are jewish, this is very serious. This item 22 is the most serious of your claims against the United States government, if you can prove this you will win. I do not believe any of your claims, they seem incredibly extraordinary, some impossible. How can you apply for five different county deputy positions and claim you were refused all based on your religion? You would suggest that every county in America hates you and your religion, this is the idea in your lawsuit. I am sorry to inform you but I take great offense to your accusations, I would want to know both sides of this story. There are some that would make an attempt to tell you that yours and all relgions are hoaxes designed to control people and seeking justice for an imaginary icon is foolish. I'm not one of those people but they are out there.

1453 days ago
43.

Diane    

"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 do***ents without authorization. That is a crime."

This guy is another Oksana. Woe is me! I did something terrible and criminal but I should get paid for it because they caught me and humilated me.

These two should hook up as it is a match made in Hell.

1453 days ago
44.

KoalaBabe    

Genna, Oksana camps are desperate lot,
they will try everything to bring Mel down, even fabricated stories of us being paid to defend him.

The Babysitter story, now they are running of material to used, enter this opportunist James Mee.

I bet her PR has hands on his " I will sue" statements.

1453 days ago
45.

Bruno    

Why wait 4 years to file suit?

1453 days ago
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