Deputy who arrested Gibson can proceed with suit

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Posted: Feb 23, 2011 11:45 AM
Deputy who arrested Gibson can proceed with suit

The Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy who arrested Mel Gibson can proceed with a lawsuit claiming he suffered discrimination, retaliation and harassment.

A judge on Tuesday said Deputy James Mee can go forward with his complaint against the sheriff's department.

Mee arrested Gibson on suspicion of drunken driving in 2006 in Malibu. During the arrest, the Oscar-winning actor made anti-Semitic slurs to Mee, who's Jewish.

Mee's lawsuit claims his superiors forced him to rewrite his initial report to remove references to the rant. However, some details were later leaked to the press. Mee was investigated as the possible source but never charged.

His suit claims that he was transferred after Gibson's arrest and hasn't been promoted.

The sheriff's department has denied the allegations.