Steven Spielberg Letter to Mel Gibson
Netlore Archive: Circulating via email, a letter purportedly written by Steven Spielberg taking Mel Gibson to task for making anti-Semitic remarks during his arrest for drunk driving in August 2006.
Description: Email hoax
Circulating since: August 2006
Status: Fake (see details below)
Email text contributed by Barry G., Aug. 17, 2006:
THE FOLLOWING LETTER WAS WRITTEN BY STEVEN SPIELBERG
Analysis: I spoke by phone with Steven Spielberg's publicist, who told me the acclaimed director of Schindler's List and Munich did not write this letter.
Who did write it remains a mystery all the more so because some copies are signed "Steven Silberberg" instead of "Steven Spielberg." In any case, Spielberg the film director resides in southern California, not New Rochelle, New York. One would assume he knows his own address.
To date, Mr. Spielberg has not spoken publicly about Mel Gibson's anti-Semitic tirade following his arrest for drunken driving in July 2006 ("The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world," he reportedly said to the arresting officer. "Are you a Jew?"), nor his subsequent apology, so we don't know to what extent, if any, Spielberg might agree with the sentiments expressed in the letter falsely attributed to him. Apart from a strongly worded statement by show biz agent Ari Emanuel calling for the industry to "shun" Mel Gibson, the bright lights of Hollywood have, for the most part, remained mute on the subject.
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Sources and further reading:
Mel Gibson Arrested for DUI
People magazine, 28 July 2006
Gibson: 'I Am Not an Anti-Semite'
CNN, 29 July 2006
Official Police Report Includes Gibson's Remarks
Associated Press, 31 July 2006
Washington Post, 9 August 2006
Last updated: 08/22/06