Mel Gibson has completed the probation order stemming from his 2006 arrest for driving under the influence.

The Braveheart star remained largely silent during the 25-minute hearing at the Malibu superior court but told the judge he remains committed to recovering from alcoholism.

"Indeed, yes," he quietly answered when judge Lawrence Mira questioned whether he would continue to work at beating his addiction.

Though the 52-year-old will technically remain on probation for a further 18 months, he will not be required to complete any more progress reports to the court.

"I am pleased with the effort you are putting in," Judge Mira said while ruling that the actor had satisfied the terms of his no contest plea to drink driving.

"This has not been easy for you over the past 18 months. You are now on your own."

Gibson was arrested in July 2006, after being found to be in charge of a vehicle with an elevated blood-alcohol level.

He reportedly made anti-Semitic remarks during the notorious incident and was sentenced to three years of probation and issued with around $1600 (£812) in fines.

He was also instructed to attend Alcoholics Anonymous.

However, his legal troubles are not at an end, after it emerged that the co-screenwriter of The Passion Of The Christ has filed a $5 million (£2.5 million) lawsuit against Gibson.

Benedict Fitzgerald has accused Gibson of fraud, breach of contract and unfair business practices, according to People magazine.

The suit, filed in the Los Angeles superior court, says: "Gibson preyed monetarily on Ben, taking advantage of his unbridled enthusiasm for the project and with full cognizance of Ben's fundamental personal and spiritual beliefs."

It claims that Gibson told Fitzgerald he would be producing a small, low-budget project that would yield little profits; the film went on to gross over $600 million (£304 million) worldwide, with Fitzgerald claiming he was paid just $75,000 (£38,000) for his work on the movie.

14/02/2008 11:13:22