After Mel was arrested for drink-driving back in 2006, it was claimed he told a police officer, “Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world. Are you a Jew?”, quotes which he later confirmed were accurate during a television interview.
Mel was condemned for his anti-Semitic comments, though Gary said in an interview with Playboy released this week that there had been too much furore surrounding his controversial statements, as people are now too interested in being “politically correct”.
He told the magazine: “I don't know about Mel. He got drunk and said a few things, but we've all said those things. We're all fucking hypocrites. That's what I think about it
“Mel Gibson is in a town that’s run by Jews and he said the wrong thing because he’s actually bitten the hand that I guess has fed him.”
Since Gary’s comments have emerged, he has been criticised by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and accused of anti-Semitism, and has now issued a full apology.
Addressing the ADL, Gary said: “I am deeply remorseful that comments I recently made in the Playboy Interview were offensive to many Jewish people.
“Upon reading my comments in print - I see how insensitive they may be, and how they may indeed contribute to the furtherance of a false stereotype. Anything that contributes to this stereotype is unacceptable, including my own words on the matter.”
He went on to say that he wanted to end the statement by saying "Shalom Aleichem", but felt he’d “lost the right” to use the expression with his comments.