Gibson: 'I Had My Rights Violated' During 'Passion' Controversy
LATEST: MEL GIBSON insists his rights were violated by the criticism he received for his movie THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST, which resulted in resentment which surfaced the night he was arrested for drink driving. The Oscar winner was arrested on 28 July (06) and subsequently went on an anti-Semitic rant targeted at his arresting officers. Gibson told GOOD MORNING AMERICA host DIANE SAWYER he has been angry for most of his life, but didn't realise the extent of the anger he still had over accusations that his 2004 film featured anti-Semitic imagery. He explains, "The other place it may have come from is, as you know, a couple of years ago I released the film Passion. "Even before anyone saw a frame of the film, for an entire year, I was subjected to a pretty brutal sort of public beating. "During the course of that, I think I probably had my rights violated in many different ways as an American. You know, as an artist, as a Christian. Just a human being, you know." At the time, some critics worried that the film could incite violence against Jews, although Gibson insists that didn't happen and that he is owed an apology. He adds, "The film came out. It was released, and you could have heard a pin drop, you know. Even the crickets weren't chirping. "But the other thing I never heard was one single word of apology."