MEL Gibson’s world crumbled further yesterday with the release of a police mug shot showing him glassy-eyed on the night he was arrested for drink driving.
The shot captures one of the lowest moments of the Oscar-winning actor’s life.
Gibson laid low yesterday as moves emerged to freeze him out of Hollywood.
Agent Alan Nierob said Gibson was in bad shape.
“The guy is trying to stay alive,” he said.
Gibson, 50, who has battled alcoholism for three decades, is receiving treatment for his drinking problem.
His drink-drive arrest and alleged anti-Semitic and sexist remarks on Friday could cost him more than a few weeks of embarrassment.
As the scandal continued to unfold yesterday:
DISNEY’S ABC TV network said it was dropping plans to produce a Holocaust-themed mini-series in collaboration with Gibson.
THE LA County Sheriff’s office faced claims that it had given Gibson favourable treatment over two earlier speeding incidents.
BARBARA Walters, one of America’s most respected journalists, said on TV she did not want to see any more of Gibson’s movies.
Ari Emanuel, one of Hollywood’s top agents, called on the entertainment industry to shun Gibson and refuse to work with him.
He said Hollywood should not “idly stand by and allow Mel Gibson to get away with such tragically inflammatory statements”.
Just minutes before the mugshot was taken, Gibson allegedly abused police officers and ranted that “Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world”.
The anti-Semitic barrage was excluded from the original police report and TMZ, the celebrity news website that revealed Gibson’s comments, now says it’s not the first time Gibson has enjoyed favourable treatment from Malibu police.
He was not charged over two earlier speeding incidents, even though on one occasion a deputy could smell alcohol on his breath, according to TMZ.
Gibson, 50, has donated money to a Sheriff’s charity and filmed public service announcements for the Sheriff’s Office while dressed in a deputy’s uniform.
Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore denied that there had been any attempt to cover up Gibson’s tirade, and stood by his earlier comments that the arrest was “without incident”.
“Without incident means without force, without a significant use of force,” he said.
Gibson is due to face court on the drink-driving charges on September 28.
If convicted, he will face a fine or short jail sentence.
But his Hollywood career could be permanently damaged. Doubt hangs over his two upcoming projects.
As well as its involvement in the now-canned Holocaust TV mini-series, Disney was to be distributor for the Gibson-directed Apocalypto, due for release in December.
Gibson’s woes began about 2.30am on Friday when Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy James Mee allegedly recorded him driving at 140km/h and a blood-alcohol reading of 0.12 per cent.