Mel Gibson accused of 'willfully and unlawfully' using violence against girlfriend, D.A. charges
L.A. prosecutors charged in court papers that Mel Gibson "willfully and unlawfully [used] force and violence upon" his girlfriend.
Gibson is expected to appear in court Friday afternoon to answer the charge. Several sources said Gibson is expected to plead no contest to a misdemeanor charge.
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.
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 looks on during a photocall to promote the movie "Edge of Darkness" in 2010. Credit: Francois Mori / AP