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No charges over Mel Gibson leak

Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson's police photograph from his 2006 arrest

The Los Angeles police officer accused of leaking information over the 2006 arrest of actor Mel Gibson three years ago will not face charges.

Prosecutors say there is lack of proof that Deputy Sheriff James Mee disclosed details of his report about the film star's drink-driving arrest.

Mr Mee was suspected of having leaked reports of Gibson's anti-Semitic tirade, deemed criminal by prosecutors.

The star's conviction for drink-driving was erased on Wednesday.

It followed the star's successful completion of the terms of his probation.

The actor had been ordered to perform public service work and attend Alcoholics Anonymous for three years.


The celebrity website TMZ first posted details about Gibson's tirade to the arresting officer in California, who was Jewish.

It was picked up across the media and the actor apologised a number of times saying the comments did not reflect his true feelings.

A report into how the information was released said prosecutors found the leaks were criminal, but could not be linked to Mr Mee.

It showed investigators found calls between Mee's home and TMZ's founder Harvey Levin but they could not tell who made the calls at Mr Mee's end.

Levin told investigators he had not paid anyone at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for the information.

Prosecutors also reviewed Mr Mee's financial records and found no improper payments.

The report also reveals that Mr Mee's superiors made him rewrite his initial report, taking out details of Gibson's rant. That information was then put into an extra report.

Mr Mee's attorney said his client was ostracised and reassigned after arresting the star.

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