Mel Gibson issued a lengthy statement Saturday apologizing for saying"despicable"things to deputies when he was arrested for investigation of driving under the influence of alcohol.
"I acted like a person completely out of control when I was arrested and said things that I do not believe to be true and which are despicable,"the actor and"The Passion of the Christ"director said without elaborating.
Neither Gibson's publicist, Alan Nierob, nor the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department would comment on what Gibson said when he was arrested early Friday on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu. Sheriff's Sgt. Rich Erickson declined to respond, saying the case was still under investigation.
Gibson also apologized Saturday for what he called"my belligerent behavior"when he was taken into custody.
"The arresting officer was just doing his job and I feel fortunate that I was apprehended before I caused injury to any other person,"he said.
"I disgraced myself and my family with my behavior and for that I am truly sorry. I have battled with the disease of alcoholism for all of my adult life and profoundly regret my horrific relapse."
He said he was taking"necessary steps to ensure my return to health."
Gibson, 50, was arrested after deputies stopped his 2006 Lexus LS 430 for speeding at 2:36 a.m. Friday. Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said deputies clocked him doing 87 mph in a 45 mph zone.
A breath test indicated Gibson's blood-alcohol level was 0.12 percent, Whitmore said. The legal limit in California is 0.08percent.
The actor-director posted $5,000 bail and was released at 9:45 a.m.
Gibson won a best-director Oscar for 1995's"Braveheart"and had a 2004 religious blockbuster with"The Passion of the Christ."He also starred in the"Lethal Weapon"and"Mad Max"films,"What Women Want"and"The Man Without a Face,"among other movies.
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