Prosecutors decided not to press charges against the sheriff’s deputy who arrested Mel Gibson three years ago due to lack of proof that he leaked details about the case, Associated Press reports.
The case against James Mee, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy, closed in July according to a nine-page charge evaluation worksheet the Los Angeles Times obtained Wednesday.
James was under investigation for allegedly leaking his report about Mel’s report as well as details about his anti-Semitic rant. Prosecutors determined that the leaks made were criminal, but that they could not be linked to James.
TMZ.com first posted details of Mel’s rant after his arrest in 2006 and investigators said records showed that calls were made between James’ household and TMZ’s founder, Harvey Levin. However, it was impossible to determine who made the calls on James’ line.
The case against James was made in February 2008, but records of James’ financial statements were not reviewed until this summer. They showed that there were no wrongful payments made to James or his family.
Harvey also denied that he paid anyone at the L.A. Sheriff’s Department for information reported on their site.
Prosecutors determined that only three sheriff’s employees had access to the information at the time of its release, but no cases have been brought against the other workers.
The report released Wednesday reveals that James’ superiors had him rewrite his initial report that included details of Mel’s anti-Semitic comments. He wrote a clean version as well as a supplemental version that included the remarks.
Mel was expunged Tuesday of his drunken driving conviction after he completed the terms of his probation.