A US press report indicates that troubled actor Mel Gibson was on the verge of suicide because of his alcoholism.
Gibson was caught by police on suspicion of driving under the influence after speeding and reportedly crossing lanes in Malibu, California. The star's publicist, Alan Nero had announced earlier that that Gibson had checked himself into rehab and "is fighting for his life".
A source close to the actor claims that Mel felt helpless against alcohol and did not know what to do about it.
"Gibson was really on the verge of suicide because he felt he was helpless to alcohol and didn't know what to do about it. That's why he was driving around 90 miles an hour. This was a death wish. If that cop hadn't stopped him, this guy was going to be wrapped around a pole,” Contactmusic quoted a source close to the actor as saying.
“This is such a bigger issue than 'Will he work again?' This is about his not wanting to live anymore. I've seen what he's gone through and what he's going through. You have to understand the disease of alcoholism. He was back in it. There's no doubt in my mind he was trying to kill himself that night," the source added.
Gibson is scheduled to appear in court on September 28. Prosecutors are to decide this week whether he will face any charges relating to the DUI arrest.