LOS ANGELES (AP) – A judge says she is inclined to block Mel Gibson from testifying during the workplace discrimination trial of the deputy who arrested the Oscar-winner for drunken driving.
Superior Court Judge Barbara Scheper tentatively ruled Tuesday that the deputy’s case shouldn’t focus on Gibson’s arrest or his anti-Semitic remarks at the time.
Deputy James Mee, who is Jewish, claims he suffered religious discrimination by superiors after arresting Gibson in 2006 and that he was ordered to remove the actor-director’s inflammatory rants from a report.
Scheper also says she won’t allow Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca to testify during the case unless there is some evidence he ordered actions against Mee.
Scheper will make final rulings on Feb. 14 and jury selection is scheduled to begin later next week.
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