Mel Gibson Finishes Mandatory AA Meetings

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) - Mel Gibson has been following the rules of his probation for his DUI arrest last summer, his lawyer told a judge Thursday.

The actor was not required to attend the hearing.

His lawyer, Blair Berk, gave Judge Lawrence Mira documents showing the 51-year-old Gibson was meeting the terms of his probation.

Gibson has been required to check in with the court periodically since his July 28, 2006, misdemeanor drunken driving arrest on Pacific Coast Highway.

The Academy Award-winning director of 1995's "Braveheart" pleaded no contest to the charge on Aug. 17, 2006, and was given three years' probation, ordered to pay $1,400 in fines and attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. His attendance at AA meetings is now voluntary.

Gibson, who's starred in the "Lethal Weapons" movies and directed "The Passion of The Christ" and "Apocalypto," has apologized for making anti-Semitic comments at the time of his arrest.

His next court appearance was set for Feb. 15.