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Mel Gibson apologizes for Calif. DUI arrest

LOS ANGELES -- Mel Gibson issued a lengthy statement yesterday apologizing for his drunkendriving arrest and saying he has battled alcoholism throughout his life.

The actor and ``The Passion of the Christ" director also apologized for what he said were ``despicable" statements he made to the deputies who arrested him early Friday on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu.

``I acted like a person completely out of control when I was arrested," he said in a statement issued by his publicist. ``I disgraced myself and my family with my behavior, and for that I am truly sorry. I have battled with the disease of alcoholism for all of my adult life and profoundly regret my horrific relapse." He said he was taking ``necessary steps to ensure my return to health."

Gibson did not respond to a report by the TMZ celebrity news website, which said the arrest report stated the actor made anti-Semitic remarks.

``I acted like a person completely out of control when I was arrested and said things that I do not believe to be true and which are despicable," he said.

His publicist, Alan Nierob, declined to elaborate beyond Gibson's statement. Sheriff's Sergeant Rich Erickson also declined to respond.

Gibson, 50, was arrested for investigation of driving under the influence of alcohol after deputies stopped his 2006 Lexus LS 430 for speeding at 2:36 a.m. Friday. A breath test indicated Gibson's blood-alcohol level was 0.12 percent, said Steve Whitmore, sheriff's spokesman. The legal limit in California is 0.08 percent.

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