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Mel Gibson accused of 'willfully and unlawfully' using violence against girlfriend, D.A. charges

March 11, 2011 | 11:30 am

Mmgg 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.

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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-- Shelby Grad

Photo: Mel Gibson looks on during a photocall to promote the movie "Edge of Darkness" in 2010. Credit: Francois Mori /  AP

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