Actor Mel Gibson has been praised by a Malibu judge for making steady progress in a court-ordered alcohol rehabilitation program following his drink-driving arrest last year.
Actor infamously made anti-Semitic remarks during his arrest for driving under the influence (DUI) in July 2006. He was sentenced to three years probation, fined $1,300 (GBP650) and ordered to attend Alcoholic Anonymous meeting for a year.
The Apocalypto director Gibson was not present in court at the time of hearing. Judge Lawrence J. Mira said he was pleased with the filmmaker’s progress.
Superior Court Judge Lawrence Mira said:
I truly believe the rehabilitation that is being effected in this case is effective, and I don’t want anything to interrupt that.
Gibson’s publicist, Alan Nierob told The Associated Press on Friday:
He’s doing very well. He’s working hard. This is just an ongoing process that he’s committed to.
The actor has another court date on August 23 to monitor his progress. Gibson must appear in court in August for a final progress report.