In a brief hearing in Malibu,a judge agreed to expunge Hollywood actor-director Mel Gibson’s 2006 drunk-driving conviction.
“He does not appear to be on any sort of probation or facing any similar charges. So I will grant the petition and sign the order,” Judge Lawrence J Mira said,adding that the Gibson’s convictions “are still valid for gun control purposes and for priors”.
Like most first-time drunk-driving offenders,Gibson,53,was eligible to have his conviction expunged after completing the terms of his probation,the Los Angeles Times reported.
Gibson was given three years of probation,which included attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings,appearing in public service announcements and paying USD 1,300 in fines.
The 53-year-old had hit headlines for his drunk-driving and anti-Semitic rants against a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy at the time of his arrest in 2006.
The incident was initially described as having occurred “without incident” by Sheriff’s Department,but the arrest report,leaked by a celebrity website,detailed about actor’s rant and his repeated threats against the arresting deputy.
Gibson,who recently separated from wife Robyn and is currently dating Russian singer Oksana Grigorieva,has publicly apologised for the incident.