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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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61.

Freaks!    

Is it me or does it seem like the one's to really gain from the Mel dog pile are some high powered Jews who are out to make an example of him? He set himself up for it but I truly think they're out to get and crush him any way they can. I'd bet if you dug deep enough you'd find Zionist backing for both Oki and this guy and whomever will jump on in future. Mel stirred up the Joo hornets nest is my guess.

Posted at 5:33 PM on Sep 7, 2010 by SSinOC


There's Jews in California? Next thing you'll be telling me is that there's lots in Hollywood.

1421 days ago
62.

KoalaBabe    

68.

Is it me or does it seem like the one's to really gain from the Mel dog pile are some high powered Jews who are out to make an example of him? He set himself up for it but I truly think they're out to get and crush him any way they can. I'd bet if you dug deep enough you'd find Zionist backing for both Oki and this guy and whomever will jump on in future. Mel stirred up the Joo hornets nest is my guess.

Posted at 5:33 PM on Sep 7, 2010 by SSinOC

I doubt it SSinOC, we have large Jewish community here in Australia whom love Mel Gibson and never hold grudges.

If there is conspiracy with Oksana that will be despicable ruining another human being for his rants.
people has to grasped what is right and what is seriously wrong.

1421 days ago
63.

Bunny that earns scooby snacks!    

Gibson's DUI was given too much publicity because he was making the Passion and because Jews own a lot of media outlets and a lot of Hollywood.

They {Jewish) have done themselves grave harm in this 'bring down Mel Gibson' thing they have going. It is them coming off looking bad, not Mel. Mel comes off looking just human, that's all. But Jews are coming off looking like big time whiners and petty and nasty and just plain bad.

I've got some friends that are Jewish and I know all Jews are NOT like the Jews in Hollywood we hear so much about like Ari Emanual, Barabara Walters, Joy Behar, etc. But what if some simple minded folks DON'T have Jewish friends? What if they look at how bad they've treated Mel and they say things like "No wonder Jews have been hated thoroughout history"

Jewish people are not the only ones to have ever suffered. There were many people that died in the holocaust, not just Jews. Look at the many types of peoples that have been made slaves of throughout history. ALL peoples have suffered at some point in time.

It's way time for all folks to stop whining over past wrongs done to their forefathers.

1421 days ago
64.

emerald    

Is it just me or does it seemed particularly well timed this suit was filed hm?! Who's paying his lawyer bill and oh yeah, is Octomum's twin a benefactor of either lol!! I mean really, Mee suing the LA County over a case involving Mel just as the DA is deciding whether to charge Oskansa with extortion or attempted extortion! Seems like it's own sort of sinister little message, if you think about it - after all why now lol?!

1421 days ago
65.

KoalaBabe    

Lucia child support will be 70K next week to financed Oksana latest ruse.

1421 days ago
66.

canook    

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.
Posted at 4:30 PM on Sep 7, 2010 by KoalaBabe
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KaolaBabe
technically Mel was not drunk
as is Harvey testifying on this tape Mel drink just WATER....
www.com/watch?v=YWKAKYHOyBw

1421 days ago
67.

KoalaBabe    

Not all people are broadminded Sam, there is many closet bigots.
Sadly many more educated people are more narrow minded when it comes to another human being plight. They don't care.
They don't want to think outside the little square box they hemmed themselves in.

They live in their narrow little world.

1421 days ago
68.

janet    

Officer Mee, it's taken you almost 5 years to be offended? Statute of limitations running out?

You are a schmuck looking for a payday. THAT'S WHY IT IS CALLED STERO-TYPES. I'm a Jew. So what?

1421 days ago
69.

Bunny that earns scooby snacks!    

canook--when Mel was arrested there was an open bottle of tequila on the seat next to him. He'd been drinking at Moonshadows all evening. Oh, he was drunk alright.

1421 days ago
70.

KoalaBabe    

KaolaBabe
technically Mel was not drunk
as is Harvey testifying on this tape Mel drink just WATER....
www.com/watch?v=YWKAKYHOyBw

Posted at 5:52 PM on Sep 7, 2010 by canook

Canook I was talking about Mel dui arrest on 2006.

A breathalyzer test measured Gibson’s blood-alcohol level as "0.12%" (the state's legal limit is 0.08%), and next to him was an open container of Tequila, which was three-quarters full.
He was 0.4% over the limit. therefore he was inebriated.

1421 days ago
71.

Sully    

50.
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

the PDF was oretty clear

he is suing for the discrimination he has allegedly been subject to, on an ongoing bases, since he refused to file a sanitized police report in '06.
The release allowing him to sue the department was dated in June of 2010. So the only "wait" was from the time approval was granted until earlier this month.

Posted at 4:42 PM on Sep 7, 2010 by TMZgossip

If that's true then it certainly makes sense to me. Glad he didn't help a coverup for anyone celeb or not it's wrong to do that.

1421 days ago
72.

KoalaBabe    

77.

Officer Mee, it's taken you almost 5 years to be offended? Statute of limitations running out?

You are a schmuck looking for a payday. THAT'S WHY IT IS CALLED STERO-TYPES. I'm a Jew. So what?

Posted at 5:55 PM on Sep 7, 2010 by janet

Good on you Janet, another commendable, level headed Jew:)

1421 days ago
73.

Genna    

2 Koala

I agree. This suit is actually against the Sheriff's Department, and is filed 4 years after the fact...at the same time the La County Sheriff's department is doing an investigation on OG for extortion. The suit claims religious discrimination...and throws the floodlight, again, on the remarks made by Gibson when he was arrested for a DI. It rakes it up all over again.

I'll bet my house that Mee's job performance was the reason for his failure to receive a promotion.

1421 days ago
74.

goosedreams    

I'd be pissed if I were Harvey. What right did they have to put a tap on his phones?

1421 days ago
75.

Buck Boy    

I am so sick and tired of hearing Jews bitch and moan and groan about everything. They are a sterotype. Even, Mr. Levin, who is one of the biggest closet case Jews in Los Angeles is ALWAYS complaining. Enough already. Shut up and stop it with the White Phosphorus.

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