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Mel Gibson's drunken anti-Semitic rampage -- the gory details. Linsday Lohan alienates her coworkers. Plus: Fake Paris Hilton strips for Playboy!


Salon Staff
July 31, 2006 5:30PM (UTC)

Morning Briefing:
The Mel Gibson chronicles: A simple drunk driving arrest would have been big enough news, but Mel Gibson's DUI on Friday became so much more than that: According to the police report at the scene, Gibson flew into a rage after being picked up by cops in Malibu on suspicion of drunk driving, and in addition to threatening to fuck the arresting officer (not in a good way), went off on an anti-Semitic tirade: "Fucking Jews ... The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world." (You can see four pages of the handwritten report, in PDF format, here.) The officer kept an audio recording of the arrest and booking and included everything in his report, which was allegedly at first going to be covered up and only released in a sanitized, non-inflammatory version to the media, though the sheriff's department now says there was no coverup and the report will be made available in full. On Saturday, Gibson offered a vaguely worded apology for his behavior that skirted the whole "fucking Jews" thing, saying, "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." Not surprisingly, the Anti-Defamation League has called Gibson's mea culpa "unremorseful and insufficient" and says the tirade "finally reveals his true self." Meanwhile, Hollywood agent Ari Emanuel has called on the industry to turn its collective back on Gibson: "People in the entertainment community, whether Jew or gentile, need to demonstrate that they understand how much is at stake in this by professionally shunning Mel Gibson and refusing to work with him, even if it means a sacrifice to their bottom line." (TMZ, Deadline Hollywood, N.Y. Daily News, Yahoo! News, Huffington Post)

Lohan makes her boss angry: She missed a day of filming last week due to heat exhaustion/staying out all night at various clubs, but Lindsay Lohan returned to the set of "Georgia Rule" on Thursday after the head of the company making the film sent her a finger-wagging letter about her partying ways. Threatening to pursue monetary damages if she doesn't start showing up on time, Morgan Greek CEO James Robinson writes: "To date, your actions on 'Georgia Rule' have been discourteous, irresponsible and unprofessional. You have acted like a spoiled child and in doing so have alienated many of your co-workers and endangered the quality of this picture. Moreover, your actions have resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage. We will not tolerate these actions any further." Lohan's mom, Dina, tells Access Hollywood in an interview set to run on Monday that the letter is "ridiculous," and defends her daughter's right to party (while also getting her age wrong): "I feel when you are 19 [years old] it is way out of line. ... I don't know him. I can't judge him. I don't think it was a smart thing to do to a young girl." (Hollywood Reporter, The Smoking Gun, Associated Press)

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Also:
Surrounded by bikinis, balloons and boats full of paparazzi, Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock got hitched on a yacht in St. Tropez over the weekend. "Kid Rock looked scruffy. He was wearing a white V-neck shirt with a baseball cap," a source tells Star. "Pam was wearing a very short white silk dress." (Star) ... "Miami Vice" toppled "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" from the top of the box office this weekend, bringing in an estimated $25.2 million for its debut. (Hollywood Reporter) ... An enormous fire ravaged the James Bond film stage in the U.K.'s Pinewood Studios on Sunday -- the Venice sets for the upcoming "Casino Royale" were destroyed, but no one was hurt and producers say the movie has already finished filming. (BBC) ... It's been months since they split, but Paul McCartney has finally filed for a divorce from Heather Mills McCartney, according to British newspapers. (People) ... Natalie Reid, the best known of the many faux Paris Hiltons now in circulation, has announced she'll go one step further than her inspiration (who has appeared scantily clad on Playboy's cover, but never in a nude spread) and pose nude for the September issue of Playboy. (Rush & Molloy)

Money Quote:
Owen Wilson responds to "Hey 19" hit-makers Steely Dan, who recently accused him of borrowing from their song "Cousin Dupree" for his recent film, "You, Me and Dupree," without giving them due credit: "I have never heard the song 'Cousin Dupree' and I don't even know who this gentleman, Mr. Steely Dan, is. I hope this helps to clear things up and I can get back to concentrating on my new movie, 'Hey 19.' "(E! Online)

-- Scott Lamb

Turn On:
Elite beachgoers rub elbows (and much more) on the premiere of the Hamptons-set "One Ocean View" (ABC, 10 p.m. EDT), and NBC launches its search for America's undiscovered musical talent in the "StarTomorrow" (8 p.m. EDT) audition special. Also, "History Detectives" (PBS, check local listings) inspects an artifact from Apalachee tribal land and a camera that may have saved a Polish Jew during the Holocaust.

On the Talk Shows:
Larry King (CNN, 9 p.m. EDT): Jordan's Queen Noor
Charlie Rose (PBS, check local listings): vice premier of Israel Shimon Peres
David Letterman (CBS, 11:30 p.m. EDT): Adam Sandler, Julie Chen (repeat)
Jay Leno (NBC, 11:35 p.m. EDT): William H. Macy, snake expert Jules Sylvester, Three Days Grace
Conan O'Brien (NBC, 12:35 a.m. EDT): Bette Midler, David Gregory (repeat)
Craig Ferguson (CBS, 12:35 a.m. EDT): Andie MacDowell, Boyd Matson, Cirque du Soleil's KA
Jimmy Kimmel (ABC, 12:05 a.m. EDT): Flavor Flav, Leslie Bibb, Ben Harper
Jon Stewart (Comedy Central, 11 p.m. EDT): Will Ferrell
Stephen Colbert (Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m. EDT): Ned Lamont

-- Lamar Clarkson

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