Judge Cuts Loose Mel Gibson

Road Warrior can finish DUI probation without returning to court
By Zach Samalin,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 14, 2008 4:07 AM CST
In this undated photo originally provided by Paramount Pictures, Mel Gibson, center, stars as William Wallace as he leads a charge in a scene from "Braveheart," which he also directed. A judge found Wednesday,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Actor Mel Gibson is free to serve out the rest of his drunk driving probation without returning to the courthouse, Reuters reports. "You're on your own now with the self-help groups, so this is the most difficult time for you," a judge told the Apocalypto director yesterday. "Good luck to you as you continue your rehabilitation."

Gibson was arrested in July 2006 for his drunken, Lethal Weapon-style driving on the Pacific Coast Highway. The incident garnered the star a scandalous rep after he delivered a volley of anti-Semitic slurs against police, for which he later apologized. Gibson entered a no-contest plea to drunk driving, paid a $1,400 fine, and is serving out his three years probation.