Disney cancels Mel Gibson's Holocaust miniseries

Disney's ABC television network has dropped plans to produce a Holocaust-themed miniseries, originally supposed to be created in collaboration with Mel Gibson. The news came just days after Gibson was arrested for drunk driving and accused of launching an anti-Jewish tirade. Hope Hartman, a spokeswoman for the network, said the cancelled series was unrelated to the new scandal. She was quoted in the New York Times saying, "Given that it's been nearly two years and we have yet to see the first draft of a script, we have decided to no longer pursue this project with Icon," referring to Gibson's production company. Gibson's statements led to heavy criticism, including arguments that he should be prevented from producing the Jewish themed series, even though he issued an apology for his remarks.