Mel Gibson enters no contest plea to battery
Updated, 5:05 p.m. ET: Mel Gibson has entered the no contest plea and has been sentenced to 36 months of informal probation. A judge ordered that he must do a year of psychological and domestic violence counseling and 16 hours of community service, as well as pay a $400 domestic violence fine, in addition to other fines.
Oksana Grigorieva, the alleged victim, waived her right to appear in court.
Gibson calmly agreed to the terms of the plea and answered all the judge's questions. "I have a good grasp of everything my attorney has discussed," he said during the hearing.
Gibson will perform his community service at Mending Kids International, a non-profit organization. Robyn Moore Gibson, Gibson's ex-wife, is the president of that organization.
Originally published at 4:35 p.m. EST
Mel Gibson has just arrived at an L.A. courthouse to enter a plea of no contest to a charge of battery stemming from an alleged physical altercation with ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva.
According to legal documents filed today in court and published by TMZ, the charge is considered a misdemeanor. As part of the agreement, Gibson is not expected to serve any jail time, but will likely be placed on probation.