STARSKY + HUTCH legend David Soul has leaped to the defence of troubled actor/director Mel Gibson, following his drunken anti-Semitic abuse of a police officer last month (28JUL06). Soul is the latest celebrity pal to defend The Passion Of The Christ movie-maker, who was arrested for drink driving in Malibu, California on 28 July (06). He has since checked into rehabilitation to seek help following his "horrific relapse". Soul, 62, says, "I don't think he's anti-Semitic. He was drunk and he said something in the heat of the moment. "I'm far more interested in what's going on in the Middle East."