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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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91.

kickaboo    

Wow! Is Mel Gibson going to be required for this whiner's lawyer fees now too? We've all been thinking a certain group in LA has been wanting to take down Mel, now this is filed after 4 freaking years. Who is Mee's lawyer? Harvey Levin? Who is suing next, Ari Emanual? he harped about Mel for years, read it on his wiki-page... the hypocrite.

Mel's paid bloggers? lol....you mean the PR flacks that wanted 84grand for saying there were paid bloggers by Mel or were these PR flacks paying them for that Oksoho to rack up that much billing? Sorry to disappoint, some of just call BS when we see it.

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92.

Bunny that earns scooby snacks!    

beachgal, we are paid billion each, there is over hundred Mel supporter on TMZ so it costing Mel trillion a day, when new pro-Mel posters appeared each day.

Register to Radar Online to get your payment.

Posted at 6:58 PM on Sep 7, 2010 by KoalaBabe


LOL!

1504 days ago
93.

KoalaBabe    

Karma bites her bum big time, hiring a PR to intimidate Mel supporter.

Then reporting that Mel paid the bloggers hehehehe.
Paranoid android.
She forgot that there is millions of people love Mel.

Oksana 1,000

1504 days ago
94.

KoalaBabe    

Sam, that will be a hoots if she did query Radar Online for my silly info.

1504 days ago
95.

Bunny that earns scooby snacks!    

kickaboo,
While Harvey may not love Mel (the real question is does he have a valid reason why he doesn't) at least Harvey has reported fairly on this whole Ox/Mel thing.... by and large fairly, not prefectly fairly.

I just don't think it's fair to take pot shots at Harvy when he's provided this forum for Mel supporters and has not run us off.

1504 days ago
96.

KoalaBabe    

I just don't think it's fair to take pot shots at Harvy when he's provided this forum for Mel supporters and has not run us off.

Posted at 7:12 PM on Sep 7, 2010 by Sam

I don't think Harvey hates Mel, he is s shrewd businessman.
If he reacted negatively to everyone bad comment about him, he won't be into Paparazzi business.

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97.

kickaboo    

That's fair about Harvey (being unbiased about this case in 2010), but I have to wonder how fairly it was all reported and hyped in 2006? Oh well, truth will come out. But why wait 4 years? I just think certain people in Hollyweird are greasing the wheels to run over Gibson for the past, fair or not ---guilty or NOT.

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98.

balance63    

I agree with sam post 106. Harvey is cool -a danger on the roads but a cool guy. However, if the problem with the officer is that every one assumes he told TMZ about Mel etc, but he claims he didnt - why doesnt TMZ just tell us who leaked the info - might be harsh but wont it be the right and fair thing to do? This whole article is really about what TMZ has done, - life imitating art ?

1504 days ago
99.

canook    

I'd be pissed if I were Harvey. What right did they have to put a tap on his phones?
Posted at 6:05 PM on Sep 7, 2010 by goosedreams
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looks like Mel will win against Oksa
and than ROL and TMZ are in line

Harvey an Mee are just covering their asses as
they are planing to split the profit 50/50

I pray to God that what goes around come around
and with that lawsuit both con artists Mee and Levin
will have to apologize to Mr. Gobson

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100.

Bunny that earns scooby snacks!    

That's fair about Harvey (being unbiased about this case in 2010), but I have to wonder how fairly it was all reported and hyped in 2006? Oh well, truth will come out. But why wait 4 years? I just think certain people in Hollyweird are greasing the wheels to run over Gibson for the past, fair or not ---guilty or NOT.

Posted at 7:22 PM on Sep 7, 2010 by kickaboo
I agree. I HATED him in 2006 for the way the DUI was handled (was everywhere but it started here.) BUT maybe he's realized the wrongness in his ways then and is now trying to set it straight? Optimistic, I know.....

1504 days ago
101.

Ann    

Notice how Mee waited until the Sheriff's Dept is once again investigating Mr. Gibson. Is the timing planned and meant to make people suspicious if Gibson is not charged with DV?

Mee was investigated because he was the arresting officer and his report - the one HE wrote - was leaked to TMZ. I hope new evidence comes forward and the "leak" from 2006 is exposed and prosecuted. Mr. Gibson's civil rights were horribly violated and he has endured a lot of hatred over something that should have never been publicized. If Gibson had been John Doe, no one would have cared about his DUI. No arresting officer writes a book about the a drunk driver.

Mee has already had his day and his say. If he had written up the DUI in the same manner as he would have reported on any other citizen instead of writing a thesis because he felt he had struck gold, there would have been no report mysteriously leaked to TMZ. It seemed he had an ax to grind then and it appears like he still does.

I look forward to Steve Whitmore's revelations.

1504 days ago
102.

canook    


some as Oksana those two Mee and Levin do not know gratitude

The Los Angeles District Attorney's Office said Wednesday it will not be filing any charges against Sheriff's Deputy James Mee, who busted the actor for driving under the influence in 2006 and ended up on the receiving end of an anti-Semitic tirade.
While it is clear that the crime of releasing public records prior to authorization was committed, the admissible evidence of identity is insufficient to warrant criminal charging," read the district attorney's charge evaluation worksheet, which concluded that there was no evidence proving that Mee was the only person who could have shared the info.

The do***ent showed that two calls were made from Mee's home to numbers belonging to TMZ founder Harvey Levin, but investigators weren't able to positively identify the caller. Levin also called Mee's house eight times, per the report.

"There still remains a lack of evidence of the identity of the perpetrator who released the pages of the initial report without proper approval," the evaluation concluded.

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103.

KoalaBabe    

Breaches of Pace Code D
Under s. 78 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, the trial judge may exclude evidence if it would have an adverse effect on the fairness of the proceedings if it were admitted. Breach of Code D does not automatically mean that the evidence will be excluded, but the judge should consider whether a breach has occurred and what the effect of the breach was on the defendant. If a judge decides to admit evidence where there has been a breach, he should give reasons. and in a jury trial, the jury should normally be told "that an identification procedure enables suspects to put the reliability of an eye-witness’s identification to the test, that the suspect has lost the benefit of that safeguard, and that they should take account of that fact in their assessment of the whole case, giving it such weight as they think fit"

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104.

Bunny that earns scooby snacks!    

why doesnt TMZ just tell us who leaked the info - might be harsh but wont it be the right and fair thing to do? This whole article is really about what TMZ has done, - life imitating art ?


Posted at 7:23 PM on Sep 7, 2010 by balance63


1)if they reveal their source they likely would never ever get another 'scoop' and it IS a business, a slimy business but still a buiness.
2)maybe they don't know! maybe mee took that report out of the trash (where he said he put it) and hten slipped it under TMZ's door. or something....

1504 days ago
105.

KoalaBabe    

"Law Enforcement: Pissing Off the Police - Civil Liability Under the First Amendment and the Fighting Words Doctrine"

A look at cases in which persons were arrested on the basis of their speech and a legal assessment of civil liability, police tolerance required, and alternative dispute resolutions.
Criminal Law Bulletin. Vol. 35, No. 6 November-December 1999 pp. 594-620

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