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Mel Gibson pleads no contest; Oksana Grigorieva off the hook [Poll]

Mel-gibson-no-contest Mel Gibson entered a no contest plea in L.A. Superior Court Friday, shortly after the district attorney's office charged him with one misdemeanor count of battery against ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva.

To end a drama that went public shortly after the couple broke up last April, Gibson will be on informal probation for 36 months but will serve no jail time -- the one-year sentence for battery on a spouse, cohabitant or parent of a child was suspended.

Grigorieva, who had been present throughout depositions and more, was neither identified by name in court nor appeared at the hearing, held at the Airport Courthouse. The district attorney's office also announced Friday it would not charge her with attempted extortion, citing insufficient evidence turned up in the investigation.

The Oscar winner also was ordered to continue mental-health counseling for 52 weeks, complete a 52-week domestic violence course, do 16 hours of community service and pay some nominal fines. He also must obey the terms of an order of protection preventing him from annoying, threatening or using force or violence against anyone involved in the case.

All of this was related, of course, to that Jan. 6 altercation in which his ex-girlfriend said he hit her while she was holding their child Lucia -- and to the infamous tapes of Gibson ranting at Grigorieva.

The couple broke up in April 2010, with the Russian singer on June 19 alluding to a scandal that was about to break regarding their split.

In the course of secret negotiations aimed at keeping the tapes private, Grigorieva in May had signed a $16-million settlement offer, then rejected it, saying she'd signed under duress. The tapes went public day by day starting July 9, and it was revealed that on July 5 Grigorieva had filed a complaint with the L.A. County sheriff's department regarding the January incident.

In a sworn statement related to their custody case, Mel on June 21 had admitted striking Oksana with an open hand during the Jan. 6 argument in what he said was an attempt to shock her into paying attention while she was endangering Lucia.

Gibson's attorney Blair Berk announced Wednesday that a plea deal had been worked out, in what he thought were the best interests of his children. Though the actor pleaded no contest Friday, he still maintains that he is innocent.

"We out of here?" Gibson quietly asked Berk at the end of the hearing Friday. "We are," she replied. The actor acknowledged the judge and then headed out of the courtroom.

Thoughts? Take the poll and, if you desire, explain your response in comments.

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Photo: Mel Gibson arrives at Airport Courthouse in Los Angeles on Friday. Credit: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters


 

 
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IT IS HORREFUL JUSTICE WAS NOT DONE AS OKSANA WALK FREE THUS EVERYBODY KNOW, INCLUDING THE DA THAT SHE COMMITED EXTORTION AND THAT ALL OF THIS FAULSE DV CASE WAS ABOUT MONEY AND NOTHING ELSE!IT IS SCANDALOUS!

the fact that Mel was not charged on DV and that none of the account that oksana presneted was honnored by the da, prove that no da took place as mel gibson was charged based on his own account of what took place on janaury 06, 2010.

It is therfor scandalous and insane that she can walk free as when no DV took place then she had no reasons what so ever to record her provate comnversations wiht mel, by phone, and her alone reason to do so was to can use those recrodings to get money form mel, whihc is the definition of extortion!

the same goes with the DV case!
there was o base for that case as there was no evidence of DV and al waht she presented as pictures and appimtent to dentist have revealed to be all fake.
she should ahve been charge for making faulse dv charges and for lying under oath.

the DA waisted everybody times and was ottlay unable to do what had to be doen in this case and as if this wasnt enough, he wen ton vacation right when the verdict fall!

this too is totlay scandalous!

why put ajudge with absolulty no prrevious experience to that case and no knwledge at all of the case to decide for the sentence?
the da had ot do it as he was involved in it since july 2010!
Thats what he is paid for ! and what did he do? nothing!
he went on holydday with the tax payer money instead to have tghe balls to sentence this goldiger to jail!

everybody know she is a lier and a gold digger and should be put in jail for the attorcities she has comited!

it is spitting in the face of justice and spiting in our face to do this!§

THIS IS A SAD DAY FOR JUSTICE ND ASAD DAY FRO ALL AMERICNA AND ALL CITIZEN, THAT SUCH A CIRMINAL AND PROVEN MANIPULATOR LIKE OKSANA WHO IS NOT EVEN A US CITIZNE, CAN WALK FREE AFTER HAVING DOEN SUCH HARM TO SO MANY PEOPLE, AND TOLD SO MANY LIES AND ABUSED OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM SO MUHC!
SHE AHS NEVER WORKED A DAY IN HER LIFE, AND HAD 2 FAULKSE PASSPORT MADE FOR HER WEH HSE WAS IN RUSSIA.
SO NOBODY KNOW HER RREEAL BIRTHDATE!
THATS HOW FAULSWE THIS WOMAN IS!

How can oyu trus tin a DV case soemone who wont even tell her rela age on officila documents and her real birth date!?

I am totaly disguist at the justice sytem in CA and in LA in particular to let oksana walk free jsut because mel gibson is famous and has been destroyed in the media before hand!
this is scandalous!
yes the justice system makes difference between poeple: those who are popualr among colewagues and the media and those who are not!

this is scandalous and must cease imedialty!

we ask for a chalenge of that snetence and for oksana ot be charged with expotrtio and for lying under oath!

teh sherif investigators said ther ewas more than sufficient evidence to charge oksana for extortion, and this was a contrentius between the da and the police.

it is too scandalous that such a huge case was decided at the alst minute, and changed of tune form a day to another and that the DA wasnt sure until th elast minute if they wil charge oksana with extrotion or not!

We wish her the very worse and that the DA change this verdict as soon as he return form vacation and condemn oksana to jail for extortion!

btw your poll is stupid because i dont agree wiht that sentence because id ofund it too harsh on mel gibson and too soft on oksana, and this poll do not reflect that.
you shold ask more specific quesiton oyu poll is assuming too much!

you should ask quesuts like "do oyu think thsat okssna should have been chaerged wiht extortion" thats a more exact wayt to putg things!
and "do oyu think that the sentence was too hard on Mel gibson?"
so you know what people voited for and why.

I hope Gibson is not an alchoholic or a drug addict.If he thinks he is I hope he seeks help.

The crime here is that Oksana walks free. The scandal is in the biased Media against Mel.

She committed extortion and perjury and the got off scott free because her lawyer paid a political contribution to DA Cooley. Conveniently he's on holiday at the time of this hearing.

I hope Mel gets justice one day and God help her next victim.

@Justice: I don't think we have to worry about her ensnaring another man. This little episode has had the same affect on her as if she was covered with bleeding string warts and popped out eyes. Men who see her coming to rent out her rear end in the future will run from her as though she had a bell around her neck and was crying: LEPER, LEPER.

Dear Mr Gibson Sir.
Please find time to read this MULTUM IN PARVO message? REMEMBER ME?
Its still available Mel,the story for a screenplay?M/O FFTB?Kind regards to Mr Gooder Bonnie Watkins and special regards to Mr Bruce Davey.

All the very best for the future Mel.Hows Bjorn Mel?
Multum in parvo,bona fide.
Happy-trails.
Mr EDITOR,this little messaqge could be a CRACKER for your newspaper?
This message has mystery and liberty and laughs attached too it???


From BOLD AND DARING ROB FISHER writer????
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MEL GIBSON AND CHARLIE SHEEN BOTH SHOULD BE STRIPPED OF THEIR SCREEN ACTORS GUILD MEMBERSHIPS, THEY SHOULD BE SENT TO JAIL AND PUNISHED FOR THEIR CRIMES AGAINST WOMEN.

The gold digger got away with it, it sends a message to other gold diggers, "This is how you can get away with millions", shame on her. =o(

To let OG walk on any extortion charges, that even the most learning disabled individual would have had no problem in understanding how she held out for more money through the use of threat (whether real or made up), should have hit the radar screen of the D.A. like a bug on a windshield. What kind of sham are you people putting up with allowing the D.A. to run out in L.A.? The case should have been remanded to another jurisdiction, for cause, i.e. the conflict of interest between the D.A. and his fund raiser Eric George, which is prima facie evidence for a change of venue.
Mel is no saint, and is only a man that allowed himself to be suckered during a mid-life crisis by a grifter who, from all of the reports I have read, sat outside his trailer on one of his movie shoots until someone finally introduced the two of them after which she threw all of her birth control out the window knowing that her womb would yield a big payoff.
In summation, charging MG, but allowing OG to walk, in my mind is a miscarriage of justice, particularly when she violated every gag order the judge imposed on the case.
Bottom line...need a "lower", in the argot of OG, find one that keeps the money flowing into the D.A.s coffers.

HELP ME LARRY!

What is it with everyone thinking the woman ensnared Mel Gibson? What, just because she is Russian must mean she is a money-grabbing gold digger?

Fact is, Mel Gibson has shown himself to be an incredibly unpleasant character, and it looks highly possible that he is also a wife beater. I can completely understand if Oksana doesn't want him near her or their child, and am staggered, even appalled that so many Americans seem to be supporting the celebrity YET AGAIN!


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