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Posted at 4:45 PM ET, 03/ 9/2011

Mel Gibson to plead no contest to battery

By Jen Chaney
Mel Gibson, entering a plea. (Getty Images)

Mel Gibson will plead no contest to battery in the case involving his ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva.

People magazine reports that Gibson has struck a deal with L.A. prosecutors that will allow him to avoid jail time and, presumably, attempt to put the whole Grigorieva-tape-recorded-ranting affair behind him. He will appear in court Friday to enter the plea.

"I know from almost 20 years as a criminal defense lawyer that sometimes justice can come for a client at too high a personal price," Blair Berk, Gibson's lawyer, said in a statement cited by People. "That is particularly so for Mel, whose right to due process can only be exercised in this case with an enormous media circus attached. Mel's priority throughout all of this has been that the best interests of his young daughter Lucia and the rest of his children be put first in any decisions made. It is with only that in mind that he asked me to approach the District Attorney with a proposal that would bring all of this to an immediate end."

Does this bring satisfying and appropriate closure to this case? Or should there have been a trial, with the potential for a prison sentence for Gibson? Weigh in below.

By Jen Chaney  | March 9, 2011; 4:45 PM ET
Categories:  Celebrities, Mel Gibson  
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When you're worth $1 billion, every woman you have sex with is pro-life.

Posted by: blasmaic | March 9, 2011 5:12 PM | Report abuse

He shouldn't lose his firearms rights once his time is done. The Lautenberg Domestic Gun ban (lifetime ban for misdemeanor, not matter how long ago)is nonsense and something "Unconstitutional" Frank Lautenberg and Bill Clinton slipped into a budget bill and signed off on long ago. Bad law, dishonest law.

Posted by: RealTexan1 | March 9, 2011 5:14 PM | Report abuse

It's not his guns they should limit or take away, it's his booze. The man can't handle his booze. Sober, he's gentlemanly and, outside the religion thing, apparently quite reasonable...a cup or two of the good stuff and he's a ranting xenophobe misogynist who doesn't like anybody to a point where he should be committed.

Posted by: dnickell | March 9, 2011 5:22 PM | Report abuse

@RealTexan1: "Unconstitutional" Frank Lautenberg and Bill Clinton slipped into a budget bill and signed off on long ago."

Oh, that Bill Clinton. So much smarter than all those Republicans who were in total contol of Congress at the time!

Those poor, innocent, trusting, mouth-breathing Republicans controlling Congress just couldn't figure out how to vote agasint a President who could actually read and wear shoes!

Only a "RealTexan1" would say: "He shouldn't lose his firearms rights once his time is done"

Oh, no. After he busted open the jaw of his daughter's mother and threatened her with death, we should definitely make sure he has plenty of guns!

Posted by: wpforumtrolll | March 9, 2011 5:36 PM | Report abuse

@RealTexan1: "Unconstitutional" Frank Lautenberg and Bill Clinton slipped into a budget bill and signed off on long ago."

Oh, that Bill Clinton. So much smarter than all those Republicans who were in total contol of Congress at the time!
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Don't care what you say about Repubs, since I"m not one.

Those poor, innocent, trusting, mouth-breathing Republicans controlling Congress just couldn't figure out how to vote agasint a President who could actually read and wear shoes!
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And balanced all that while taking care of Monica, eh.

Only a "RealTexan1" would say: "He shouldn't lose his firearms rights once his time is done"

Oh, no. After he busted open the jaw of his daughter's mother and threatened her with death, we should definitely make sure he has plenty of guns!
Posted by: wpforumtrolll | March 9, 2011 5:36 PM | Report abuse
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Just saying that after this time is done, whatever that might be, he gets ALL of his rights back. Our government (Congress) has been dabbling too much with treating rights like revocable privileges and their own power unlike sovereign rights, when it is really the other way around.

Posted by: RealTexan1 | March 9, 2011 5:42 PM | Report abuse

@RealTexan1 "Don't care what you say about Repubs, since I"m not one."

Then allow me to rephrase. Oh, that Bill Clinton. So much smarter than all those NRA-deluded, gun-fetishizing Second Amendment absolutists who were in total contol of Congress at the time!

@RealTexan1: "And balanced all that while taking care of Monica, eh."

Yes,indeed! And ended a REAL WAR instead of starting a FAKE WAR! And reduced the deficit, and reduced the size of government and created a peace and prosperity economy that we can barely dream of now (unlike the lying, genocide-appeasing alleged rapist Reagan, who gets false credit for those things, usually from NRA-deluded, gun-fetishizing Second Amendment absolutists)

Note that RealTexan1 uses the Lewinsky deflection to tiptoe away from his laughably false contention that they "slipped it" into law. Thought no one would notice the retreat? Ha ha!

@RealTexan1: "Just saying that after this time is done, whatever that might be, he gets ALL of his rights back."

And that is why it is good that Fake Texans run Congress, even now under the Republicans. Because the rest of America knows that people who make real death threats and bust out the teeth of women holding babies and later insist the woman deserved their violence-- those people have made it very clear that they no longer deserve legal access to guns.

Any "well-regulated militia" that would have Mel Gibson is not a well-regulated militia that I'd rely on to protect my rights.

Posted by: wpforumtrolll | March 9, 2011 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Mel should take Charlie Sheen's place on Two and a Half Men.

Posted by: AlanGoldberg54 | March 9, 2011 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Neither Mel nor his Ukrainian goldigger Oksana Grigorieva acquitted themselves very well in this spat.
Take the plea, deport the goldigger, and move on.
Gibson is an incredibly talented guy and he has years of a productive, creative life left. And as we know, he is not the only actor or Hollywood producer that has had a meltdown, nor was his close to the most spectacular in recent years (see Randy Quaid, Halle Berry, Charlie Sheen, David Geffen, etc.,)

Posted by: ChrisFord1 | March 9, 2011 7:01 PM | Report abuse

The humanitarian ChrisFord1 wants to "deport" Gibson's victim (and their child?) for the crime of having been assaulted by a celebrity? Now that's idol worship!

However, he overflows with the clotted milk of human kindness for the violent criminal due to Gibson's "talent."

Sorry, but Berry: hissy fits and divorces, Geffen: creating a private beach? How does any of that match Gibson's proven (not contested) VIOLENCE?

Hmmm... anyone else notice that these two falsely maligned celebrities are donors to Democratic candidates?

Feel free to continue your idolatry of a violent, hateful, racist thug. The rest of America has long since moved on.

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Posted by: zhengeee555 | March 9, 2011 9:36 PM | Report abuse

When did Celebritology become a political forum peppered with shoe ads?

Posted by: DCCubefarm | March 10, 2011 8:49 AM | Report abuse

DCCubefarm
When did Celebritology become a political forum peppered with shoe ads?

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Posted by: Nosy_Parker | March 10, 2011 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Cubefarm: "When did Celebritology become a political forum peppered with shoe ads?"

Uh, you been on forums long?

EVERY forum turns political because of some shady characters who abuse any forum to take off-topic cheap shots at Deomcratic politicians and donors.

Look at the comments above- lies about Lautenberg and Clinton, lies about Democratic donors Geffen and Berry falsely equating them to violent criminal Mel Gibson. Gibson is, of course, far-right wing.

I called them on their BS and look- they fled in terror.

There are news reports that far-right billionaires like the Koch brothers pay losers to post anti-Democratic crap in all possible Internet forums. It is possible that this is what we are looking at here.

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