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Mel Gibson Cops a Plea

8/17/2006 3:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Mel GibsonTMZ has learned Mel Gibson's lawyer went to the Malibu Courthouse Thursday and appeared with the prosecutor to reveal a plea deal. Gibson has agreed to three years probation, but will avoid jail time. Gibson was ordered to attend one year of AA meetings. For the first four-and-a-half months he must attend five times a week. For the remainder of the time, he must attend three times a week. Gibson must also pay $1200 in fines and penalties as well as one hundred dollars in restitution.

Gibson volunteered to do a public service announcement on the hazards of driving under the influence. He also volunteered to enter a rehab program immediately.

Under the deal, Gibson pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor of driving with a .08 blood alcohol level or higher. The misdemeanor count of driving under the influence was dismissed. The infraction of driving with an open container of alcohol was also dismissed.

Under California law, Gibson will have his driver's license restricted for 90 days.

Gibson's lawyer initially went to Division 3, but Judge Terry Adamson refused to take the plea because she is a neighbor of Gibson's. The case was moved to Division 1 where Judge Lawrence Mira took the plea. A number of celebrities have passed through Mira's courtroom, including Nick Nolte, Nicole Richie, and Kim Delaney.

Gibson was not in court for the plea.

Click here to check out the plea bargain documents



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Amy    

Legally, yes..Mel got off very easy. But not one of you happened to catch the more damaging and long lasting punishment Mel IS getting. He may have only gotten 90 suspension, no jail time and 1 year of AA meetings. He also got public humiliation, being scathed and judged publicly. This hurts worse for him than for us, as his profession is based off of people like us going to see his movies...for someone like him, being in the public eye and rich and famous is definitly a double edged sword. Is worse than the olden days, being tarred and feathered and displayed in front of all...he did this to himself, and we are finishing the job for him. Read some of your comments....of course THAT is going to hurt him....and in the pocketbook....and in the pride/ego...and professionally. Think about it. That judge might be smarter than first appeared to be.

2901 days ago
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Brenda    

I agree with #12. Mel was lucky he didn't kill anyone that night or any other night. I have a sick feeling if he had hurt or disfigured someone, most of his fans would find more excuses for him. I had a drinking problem at one time but when I realized it was becomming a problem for me I stopped drinking. It's a choice we all make. If you know you have a problem with something, why play around with it. Second, if you are really sorry about something you have done, it would seem to me you would HAVE to make it right. Otherwise it would eat away at your heart. For Mel's Devoted Fan I guess it would be easy to forgive something that dosen't affect you. I think Mel has alot of problems, drinking is just one of them that was forced to come to light because of his situation. Pucker up buttercup, I'm sure there is more to come for Mel since all he is getting from most people is sympathy. Poor Mel...can someone get him another drink?

2901 days ago
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ted karpey    

mel skated from the law if it was an avg person would they get away with that kind of treatment i dont think so and besides how times did he do this before its true the wealty and famous just buy justice once again oh yeah how long will he lose his licence for:?it would not make any difference for him hes got lots of money can hire a driver

2901 days ago
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joan wendorf    

WHY WONT MEL GO TO THE AA LADY, THAT HOLDS THE MOST YRS SOBER IN AA .IN THE CITY OF LOS ANGLES? IF IT WORKS FOR HER FOR ALMOST 50 YRS MAYBE BY THEGRACE OF GOD IT WILL WORK FOR HIM. THANK YOU MEL FOR LISTENING TO THE VOICE OF GOD

2901 days ago
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joan wendorf    

iM GOING TO CONT MEL TO WRITE COMMENTS ABOUT YOUR RECOVERY, IBECAUSE I KNOW YOU CAN OVER COME THE THE DISEASE WITH THE HELP OF GOD AND ALL THE PEOPLE THAT LOVE YOU IN THE WORLD, YOU ARE A STRONG MAN MEL, LETS DO WHAT GOD PUT YOU HERE TO DO, AND THAT ISTO HELP LEAD THE ADDICTED OUT OF THE WORLD OF INDDICTION AND INTO THE WORLD OF RECOVERY, LETS;S PUT IT THIS WAY; GOD PICK MOSES TO LEAD HIS CHILDREN OUT OF THE LAND OF SLAVELY FROM THE PHAROE INTO THE THE PROMISE LAND WTH JUST A ROD TO HELP LEAD THEM, GOD HAS CHOSEN YOU TO LEAD HIS CHILDREN OUT OF THE WORLD OF ADDICTION INTO THE PROMISE LAND OF RECOVERY WITH THE 12 STEPS TO LEAD YOU. SO MEL LETS GET BUSY WITH THE TRIP THAT YOU ARE ABOUT TO TAKE, TO THE PROMISE LAND OF RECOVERY. LOVE W.

2901 days ago
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marnie beers    

personally Mel Gibson does not need to apologize to anyone. He said out loud what other people think. I heard the same remark 48 yrs ago from my father back when America was America Mel Gibson does not owe anyone anything for his remarks and he has the right to freedom of speech the same as the rest of us. Sono bandaid to put on the jewish population who may have been offended and the liberal BS. Have a GOOD-NIGHT Mel Gibson take care of yourself and your family keep on truckin

2901 days ago
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Barb Burleson    

Mel made a mistake a lot of people have and quite frankly the press made a mountain out of a moehill, he did say bad things but he was drunk all drunks say bad things and he has been punished enough, leave him and his family alone and allow him to recover

2901 days ago
263.

Sue    

I think its ashame that this situation with Mel Gibson got all this coverage. Why can't people understand he is a human just like the rest of us and make mistakes? No one in the world is perfect. I think all of us has made mistakes and some we are not proud of but hey we learn from them. I think its terrible that people go judging others. Who cares what Mel does in his own time? Thats his business! Why worry about what he does? I think people need to worry about their own lives instead of someone they don't even know. I love his movies and I won't stop watching them over this. Let him live his own life and all you people live yours. He isn't perfect just like all the rest of us. Get over it and move on.

2898 days ago
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Peter St James    

When A Regular Person Gets A DUI, Its Just A Fine 3 Hots And A Cot And A F*cked License, But Mel Gibson Is Getting The Raw End Of The Stick, Hey Sh*t Happens Alcohol Makes You Say And Do Dumbsh*t, "END STORY", So Leave Mr. Gibson Alone, Not To Mention He's One Of The Most Amazing Actors
Out There, And I Guess When You Are Of Such An Elite Level
In The Spotlight, Privacy Dosn't Exist.

2898 days ago
265.

KT    

Mel, you could apologize until the end of time, and you will never be forgiven. That's just the way it is. You made a mistake with your DUI, and you apologized for your comments, twice. Don't do it anymore because it really, truly won't matter. This will be remembered for decades to come. Forget about it...your true fans, like me, already have.

2878 days ago
266.

Eileen    

Would you people quit living your lives through the movie stars? Look at your own pathetic lives and start taking that apart. People who live in glass houses shouldnt throw stones. We are all human and make mistakes, if you are so perfect by God you should be dead!! He should be able to have a private life. Our children should not be looking up to the movie stars on how they should be when they grow up. If you were a good parent your children would be looking towards you, not people like mel gibson.

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