Deputy who arrested Gibson settles with department

(JTA) — The sheriff’s deputy who arrested actor Mel Gibson and was subjected to his anti-Semitic rant settled a religious discrimination case against his department.

Attorneys for James Mee, who is Jewish, said a $50,000 settlement was reached with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, subject to approval by the county claims board.

Mee said he was subject to religious discrimination and a hostile work environment after arresting Gibson in 2006 in Malibu, Calif., for driving while intoxicated. He claimed that his supervisors ordered him to remove Gibson’s anti-Semitic remarks from the official incident report, placing them instead in a confidential supplemental report, and was passed over for promotions because he complained about purging the report.

A trial set to begin this week was canceled. It was rumored that Gibson could be called as a witness.
 

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