Gibson Speaks Out About Arrest
MEL GIBSON has spoken out for the first time since his arrest on drink driving charges and his subsequent anti-Semitic rant, insisting he doesn't want to be a "monster". The Oscar-winner spoke with US newswoman DIANE SAWYER for his first interview since issuing a public apology for what he called "vitriolic and harmful words". The 50-year-old star has made few public appearances since his 28 July (06) arrest in Malibu, California, where he told his arresting officer, "The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world." When Sawyer asked him what caused his comments on the night of his arrest he said, "It was just the stupid rambling of a drunkard, you know and... what I need to do to heal myself and be assuring and allay the fears of others and to heal them if they had any heart wounds from something I may have said. "So, this is the last thing I want to be is that kind of a monster." Gibson's interview will air on US breakfast show GOOD MORNING AMERICA on Thursday (12OCT06) and Friday (13OCT06). Gibson also granted an interview to Sawyer in 2004 about the controversy surrounding his last film, THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST, which some critics branded as anti-Semitic.