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Mel Gibson enters no contest plea to battery

Gibson, now in court. (AP) 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...

By Jen Chaney  | March 11, 2011; 5:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Mel Gibson to plead no contest to battery

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...

By Jen Chaney  | March 9, 2011; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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'The Beaver': Jodie Foster's bad bet on Mel Gibson

From 2006, Mel Gibson's Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office booking photo. (Getty Images) Why is Jodie Foster -- an actress/director who truly deserving of respect -- trying to trick us into liking Mel Gibson again? Obviously, it won't work. I mean, duh. But why would Foster even think that "The Beaver" -- her latest directorial effort, starring Mel Gibson as a guy who (stop me if this sounds familiar) loses it all and finds redemption and happiness again courtesy of a hand puppet -- would lull us into forgetting that the guy is an unapologetic mysoginistic anti-Semite who repeatedly calls his ex to unleash a torrent of expletives and threats? Foster has been one of Gibson's staunchest supporters since his image took a massive hit in 2006 when, upon arrest for drunk driving, he used the opportunity to make it pretty clear that he doesn't have any respect for...

By Liz Kelly  | December 6, 2010; 1:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Mel Gibson dumped from "Hangover 2" cameo after complaints from Zach Galifianakis, among others

No more 'Hangover' for Mel Gibson. (AP) It turns out there are some things even too offensive for a movie like "The Hangover." Convicted rapist Mike Tyson? Fine. Convicted drunk driver, sometime anti-Semite, racist and recorded hothead Mel Gibson? Not fine. Gibson won't be appearing in "Hangover 2" after complaints from the cast and crew -- including co-star Zach Galifianakis -- scuttled director Todd Phillips's plans to feature Gibson in a cameo as a Bangkok tattoo artist. Phillips released this statement: "I thought Mel would have been great in the movie and I had the full backing of [Warner Bros. Pictures President] Jeff Robinov and his team. But I realize filmmaking is a collaborative effort, and this decision ultimately did not have the full support of my entire cast and crew." Despite Jodie Foster's recent assertion that Gibson is the "most-loved man in Hollywood," the "Hangover 2" cast and...

By Liz Kelly  | October 22, 2010; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Oksana Grigorieva on Mel Gibson: 'I thought he would kill me'

Grigorieva and Gibson pre-split. (AP) She may have backed out of plans to appear on "The Oprah Show," but Oksana Grigorieva has moved on to the next best platform to spread the good word about her bad relationship with baby-daddy Mel Gibson: People magazine. In the latest issue Grigorieva, who had the forethought to record abusive phone calls from her Gibson and the, ummm, courage to make them public, details the night Gibson allegedly hit her while she was holding the couple's baby, Lucia. "I thought he would kill me,” says Grigorieva tells People. She also adds that Gibson frequently flew into rages and once brandished a gun at her. Still, Grigorieva claims she has nothing but warm feelings for Gibson and denies she tried to extort money from him in exchange for the tapes. I'm not angry at him," she says. "For the sake of Lucia, I really...

By Liz Kelly  | October 6, 2010; 10:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Rumor mill: Oksana Grigorieva to sit down with Oprah?

Oksana Grigorieva, possibly headed to Oprah's show. (AP) TMZ and Us Weekly are reporting that Oksana Grigorieva -- ex-girlfriend of Mel Gibson and official preserver of all audio recordings of their allegedly ugly arguments -- will make an appearance on "The Oprah Winfrey Show." Us Weekly reports that Winfrey's people have been battling with bookers from "60 Minutes" to get the sought-after interview, and that the Oprah team has prevailed. TMZ also confirms the story. Meanwhile, however, Harpo Productions has made no official announcement about the interview, so a date and time for the supposed televised confab remain unknown. If and when more information becomes available, we will share it, as a public service to those seeking to set their DVRs to capture all can't-miss daytime programming. You're welcome. Sources: Us Weekly and TMZ...

By Jen Chaney  | September 29, 2010; 4:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Older Entries in This Category »

Jodie Foster finally speaks about Mel Gibson, Jen Chaney , September 21, 2010
More Mel Gibson rage in tape No. 4, Jen Chaney , July 14, 2010
Mel Gibson audio: Yes, there is more, Jen Chaney , July 12, 2010
Mel Gibson, Past Rehabilitation?, Liz Kelly , August 2, 2006
 
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