(JTA) — Mel Gibson and a Jewish broadcaster sparred over the actor’s anti-Semitic rant in 2006.
In a recent interview, Gibson became irritated when Sam Rubin of Los Angeles television station KTLA 5 asked about the remarks Gibson made during his arrest that year on suspicion of drunken driving. A Jewish policeman had pulled over the actor.
Gibson is on a media circuit to promote a new movie.
After Gibson bristled over Rubin’s questions about the anti-Semitic comments, he asked the reporter, in an allusion to his being Jewish, "I gather you have a dog in this fight? Do you have a dog in this fight? Or are you impartial?"
The interview continued without incident after Rubin changed the direction of his questions.
Gibson reportedly became aggressive during his 2006 arrest and then said, "F*****g Jews — Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world." He also reportedly asked the arresting officer if he was Jewish.
Jewish organizations condemned Gibson, who apologized for the statements.