The Jewish police officer who was subjected to Mel Gibson’s anti-Semitic tirade in 2006 has hit back at
Gary Oldman over his controversial comments made in a Playboy interview.
The Batman actor said that Gibson was the victim of political correctness and those who had criticised his behaviour were “f**king hypocrites”.
“We're all f**king hypocrites,” he said. “That's what I think about it. The policeman who arrested him has never used the word n****r or that f**king Jew?”
Former LA County Sheriff's Deputy James Mee arrested Gibson in 2006 for suspected drink-driving in Malibu. The actor asked Mee if he was Jewish, then said: “F**king Jews. The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world.”
He later apologised for his “despicable behaviour” and said the comments were “blurted out in a moment of insanity”.
Mee is angered by Oldman’s comments, which were first published this week.
“I'm Jewish and why would I say that to discredit my own religious make up?” he asked TMZ.
“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.”
Oldman has today apologised to the Anti-Defamation League, insisting he has an “enormous personal affinity for the Jewish people”.
“I am deeply remorseful that comments I recently made in the Playboy interview were offensive to many Jewish people,” he wrote in a letter.
“Upon reading my comments in print - I see how insensitive they may be, and how they may indeed contribute to the furtherance of a false stereotype. Anything that contributes to this stereotype is unacceptable, including my own words on the matter.”