The police officer who arrested Mel Gibson in 2006 has blasted actor Gary Oldman for wading into the debate over the star's racial slur scandal in a new interview.
Gibson burst into an anti-Semitic tirade while he was being arrested for drunk-driving by a Jewish police officer, James Mee, in California eight years ago -- and the case is back in the news this week following the release of Oldman's interview with Playboy magazine.
In the article, Oldman suggests Gibson was unfairly outcast by Hollywood following the scandal, adding, "We're all hypocrites. That's what I think about it. The policeman who arrested him has never used (racial slurs)?... It's the hypocrisy of it that drives me crazy..."
Mee has now spoken out to criticize The Dark Knight star for his remarks, telling TMZ.com, "I'm Jewish and why would I say that to discredit my own religious make-up? The N-word is a scary word. I would never even dream of using it. It sickens me that anyone would use that word... Jews have been persecuted and put down over the years. Why would I, as a Jew, do that to other races?... I feel sorry for people that need to say things about other people in order to justify themselves."
Gibson publicly apologized for the outburst, claiming it was a "moment of insanity", and after three years probation, the arrest was removed from his record in 2009.Copyright WENN.com