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Mel Gibson agrees to plea but maintains innocence in domestic violence case

Mel Gibson appeared in the LAX Courthouse on Friday and pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor spousal battery charge, closing his high-profile domestic violence case involving his ex-girlfriend.

Gibson thanked the judge and the prosecutor as the hearing ended.

The judge sentenced Gibson to 36 months' probation and to complete a 52-week domestic violence counseling program and 16 hours of community service.

Mel.05 “He maintains his innocence,” his attorney Blair Berk told the judge. “He feels a plea is in the best interest of his children.”

He’s being served with a protective order Friday, which requires him to not harass or intimidate Oksana Grigorieva, his ex-girlfriend.

The actor-director's latest legal trouble began last year when Grigorieva, the mother of his daughter, accused him of threatening her with a gun and punching her at his Malibu home.

Secret recordings of Gibson engaging in a series of racist, profane rants were leaked to the celebrity website Radar Online. In the recordings, Gibson appeared to confirm Grigorieva's allegation of violence, telling her: "You … deserved it."


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Photo: Mel Gibson leaves the Airport Branch Courthouse Friday afternoon after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor spousal battery charge. Credit: Irfan Khan / Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

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Something is wrong with this picture. Thousands of couple fight everyday and how come he is the only we hear about and gets charged?

He maintains his innocence but copped a plea because it was in the best interest of his children. That's a good one. What he didn't want his kids or the world to know was what actually transpired. Are these the same kids he abandoned when he divorced his wife and got another woman pregnant? Nice to know that he has had this epiphany. Innocent men fight the charges. Cowards plea bargain, maintain their innocence saying they would have prevailed, but.....they were thinking about the welfare of their children. Sorry Mel, but I don't believe you.

Wow ggod to know the criminal justice system works for the rich. Domestic violence now carries the complete sentence in LA County Jail, thanks to OJ. Oh yeah another fine example of LA Justice

He pleads guilty, but his liar say's he's innocent... yeah right!

Booze and broads - a lethal combination.

he committed no crime. the thing is in the usa we have the criminal justice complex. it's better to just not live here. the police and the lawyers get paid, also the politicians.

why we lock up more people than any other country, it's the prison industrial complex.

he's cool, there is something aside from america being psycho about needing to lock people up, to criminalze everything, so just go along w/ the system. zero trial. how would he gain from a trial?

freedom is a joke here.

Once again there is one justice system for the rich and famous and another one for the rest of us. In no way does the punishment fit the crime. Mel Gibson should be serving jail time for assault and battery as well as uttering threats. The justice system has failed miserably for women and is stating that assaulting women and threatening to kill them is only a minor misdemeanor. It's no wonder that men believe that they can continue to assault women without major repercussions and women are afraid to report being assaulted.

Bill, who cares how "cool" he is. He was recorded admitting he hit her. That is a crime. Anyone so out of control that they hit another person has comitted a crime. Now we add in that it was his girlfriend and she was holding his infant daughter at the time, yup he comitted a crime.

His plea is in the best interest of his children?? The kids he abandoned when hiswife filed for divorce after his consistant affairs? Or the kid who was being held by the woman he was beating up.

To be honest I don't care if "Mr Cool" does jail time or not, just don't let him have unsupervised control over the child. He wants to see her dandy, SUPERVISED VISITATION. I just hope he doesn't infest her with his racist attitude. Some Christian, beats up his girlfriend, is consistantly unfaithful to his wife, is racist and abusive and he thinks he gets to go to his heaven because he goes to the right church? I doubt it. Beating up a woman going to confession and then doing it all over again. Come on Christ isn't a fool.

Just call it an "Alford Plea." I wonder how much the fine, penalty assessment and court costs came to.

No mention of that $15 million he gave her aye?Great to leave out the most important fact times!

Gibson is a good guy, I did not know he had a girlfriend and I am sure he is really trying to have a respectable relationship. It sounds like Celeb Conflict is in the courtroom, and this is not about Violence.

Did you listen to the recordings? He never admitted he hit her. This is a case of a nasty woman and a nasty man butting heads. She saw a perfect opportunity to use the media to get rich quick, and he fell into it because he can't control himself.

I have no sympathy for guys like this. I was about 11 yrs old when my dad told me that we -- we men, you know -- never hit a woman no matter what.
Walk away if she's acting crazy, but never touch one in anger.
What gives these guys the idea that they can slap women around?

This is nothing but a "filthy gold digger" digging for gold and using an innocent child to do it! What happen to the laws enacted to prohibit someone from secretly recording without the other parties knowledge? Did they kick those laws to the side for their own interest and media attention? Don't get me wrong, Mel a complete fool for falling for this and totally deserves everything he's getting, but on the other hand, the fact still remains this woman is nothing but a manipulative con-artist after one thing, his money and should be charged and prosecuted for premeditated fraud! Mel should have been smart enough to know evil people like her would be lurking around every corner in an attempt to lure him and rope him into something like this especially, after making a movie like 'Passion'!

I hope he "gets it" this time!!


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