Attorneys attempt to settle lawsuit over Gibson arrest

On Aug. 12, attorneys will attempt to settle the discrimination lawsuit between Mel Gibson and Deputy James Mee for anti-semitic statements Gibson made against the deputy during a DUI arrest in July 2006.

Attorneys will attempt a second time to settle the discrimination lawsuit concerning Mel Gibson’s anti-Semitic statements against former Malibu/Lost Hills sheriff’s Deputy James Mee has been scheduled for Aug. 12, according to City News Service.

Attorneys will try to settle the dispute, which began five years ago during a DUI arrest in July 2006 as the actor/filmmaker was leaving Moonshadows to return to his Serra Canyon home. Previous attempts have proven unsuccessful, evident in the most recent case on May 12.

Mee, who is Jewish, alleges harassment by the sheriff’s department management, who told him to remove Gibson’s anti-Semitic statements from the incident report. The deputy also claims the denial of job opportunities in the department after the arrest.

Gibson, in a plea deal to misdemeanor DUI in August 2006, was sentenced to three years’ probation and fined $1,300. The actor/filmmaker’s driver’s license was restricted for 90 days, ordered to attend AA meetings and enroll in a substance abuse program as well.

As of February 2011, Mee worked at the sheriff’s station in Santa Clarita, the CNS reported.