Mel Gibson domestic-violence charge to be filed Friday afternoon
L.A. prosecutors said they will file a criminal complaint against actor Mel Gibson, related to domestic-violence charges, Friday afternoon at the LAX courthouse.
Several sources said Gibson is expected to plead no contest to a misdemeanor charge. Gibson is expected to attend the hearing.
As part of an agreement with the district attorney's office, the sources said, Gibson would avoid jail time but would be placed on probation.
The actor-director's latest legal trouble began last year when his ex-girlfriend, Oksana 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 at Casa Del Mar Hotel in Sangta Monica Jan. 16, 2010. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times