Actor Mel Gibson is known for his fiery performances on the big screen, but tonight he stands accused of some very nasty behavior off-screen -- including an alleged profanity-laced, anti-Semitic tirade to a sheriff's officer.
Gibson was arrested early Friday morning for suspicion of drunk driving after being pulled over for speeding, authorities say. They allege he was driving 87 miles per hour in a 45 mile per hour zone on the Pacific Coast Highway near his Malibu home.
That's when things may have gotten ugly.
When Gibson's "Passion of the Christ" hit movie screens in 2004, there were protests. The film and its passionate producer were accused of being anti-Semitic.
Gibson denied the charges. But they are back with a vengeance after his arrest.
The Web site TMZ.com says it obtained four pages of the original eight-page arrest report. Allegedly written by the arresting officer, the handwritten pages posted on TMZ accuse Gibson of an anti-Semitic tirade.
"The sheriff's department tried to cover this up," said Harvey Levin, managing editor of TMZ.com. "They tried to make it look like nothing happened. And they told the media that -- that everything was without incident. That was the quote. That could not have been further from the truth."
The document also alleges Gibson made threats, used profanity and tried to escape arrest.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has not confirmed the authenticity of the document.
However, in a statement late today, Gibson said, "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. I am deeply ashamed of everything I said."
He added, "I have battled with the disease of alcoholism for all of my adult life and profoundly regret my horrific relapse."
An official with the sheriff's office said Gibson was treated just like everyone else, and that abusive language alone does not amount to an "incident." He added that the office of independent review within the sheriff's department may examine the arrest and how Gibson's case was handled.