Gary Oldman is under attack from officials at America's Anti-Defamation League after voicing his thoughts about Hollywood's high-powered Jews.
In a fiery new Playboy chat, The Dark Knight star says he believes Hollywood is "run by Jews", and revisited Mel Gibson's drink-driving arrest when the actor was ostracised for anti-Semitic remarks he made to a Jewish police officer.
Oldman feels Gibson fell victim to "political correctness" and was treated like an "outcast" in the aftermath of his racial slur scandal.
The Brit adds, "He (Gibson) got drunk and said a few things, but we've all said those things... We're all f**king hypocrites. That's what I think about it. The policeman who arrested him has never used the word n**ga or that f**king Jew? I'm being brutally honest here. It's the hypocrisy of it that drives me crazy...
"He said the wrong thing because he's actually bitten the hand that I guess has fed him... You have to be very careful about what you say".
Oldman's representative Douglas Urbanski has since clarified the actor's comments, insisting the actor was not condoning what Gibson said to arresting officer James Mee, who has also taken issue with the British star's remarks.
But that's not enough for Anti-Defamation League bosses, who insist Oldman should have known better to say what he did.
Organisation director Abraham H. Foxman released a statement on Tuesday (24Jun14), which read "Mel Gibson's ostracization in Hollywood was not a matter of being 'politically incorrect', as Mr Oldman suggests, but of paying the consequences for outing himself as a bigot and a hater.
"It is disturbing that Mr Oldman appears to have bought into Mr Gibson's warped and prejudiced world view".
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