- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 14, 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The deputy who arrested Mel Gibson for drunken driving and claimed he later suffered religious discrimination is settling his case against his department.

Attorneys for James Mee confirmed the settlement was reached Tuesday. The $50,000 settlement must be approved by a county claims board, but a trial scheduled to begin this week has been canceled.

Attorneys Etan Lorant and Yael Trock say they are pleased with the settlement and that Mee never filed the lawsuit for money. Mee, who is Jewish, claimed his superiors discriminated against him after arresting Gibson in 2006.

Phone messages for a county attorney and sheriff’s spokesman were not immediately returned.

A judge had told Mee’s attorneys they would not be able to call Gibson or Sheriff Lee Baca as witnesses during the trial.