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Mel's Dilemma: Fight Charge or Protect Family

3/9/2011 11:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Sources directly connected to Mel Gibson tell TMZ ... he's aware he's going to be charged with a crime, and is "agonizing" over the prospect of putting his family through a public, knock-down, drag-out trial.

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We're told Mel is confident he will only be charged with a low-level misdemeanor.  Nonetheless, he is uncertain if he has the stomach to endure a 1-year legal fight and is worried about the impact it will have on his children.

As TMZ has already reported, Mel will be criminally charged with a misdemeanor over the January 6, 2010 blowout between him and Oksana Grigorieva.

We're told the D.A. will file charges against Mel this week -- very possibly today.

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1.

dimes    

Oh for crying out loud. It's a misdemeanor. What's gonna happen, a fine? A suspended sentence? It's not like he's going to be spearing trash in an orange vest by the side of the 101.

1238 days ago
2.

Cam    

big daddy gibson

1238 days ago
3.

ohreally    

If he does a plea deal, then won't it make it easier for OX to sue him in civil court?

Even if not, (I am no lawyer) DON'T BACK DOWN, MEL!!!!

FIGHT THE EVIL BEOTCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You have come this far, stay the course!

1238 days ago
4.

Phil    

All you Mel supporters can suck the big one. You lose. Mel is a racist anti-semetic woman abuser and he's going to be getting what he deserves. So, you can cry in your beer back at Mel's BS anti-semetic church and pray to your savior.

1238 days ago
5.

JLS    

He's already ADMITTED in a sworn statement to slapping her and so there is NO fight. He should plead guilty and that's that.

This is justice. You can't simply slap someone and get away with it. Not in California and not anywhere else in the USA.

This is justice.

1238 days ago
6.

Cujeaux    

Why start worrying about the children now. They're mostly adult anyway and much more mature than he is. He's the one that can't handle it. Strike 2.

1238 days ago
7.

Ray    

"Sources directly connected to Mel Gibson"
Ms. Oksana?

Mr. Gibson's family has been kept out of it this long. Why would they suddenly be involved?

1238 days ago
8.

Karls    

Fight it!

1238 days ago
9.

Phil    

Maybe Mel should have thought about his children before he slapped around Oksana and screamedg like an out of his mind lunatic? Who the hell would want to work with Mel anymore... oh DUH... Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan. WINNING!

1238 days ago
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writenow    

Am AMAZED the DA will file. These crime stats for California show the police blow them off.

http://www.familylawcourts.com/Domestic_Violence_Stats_3XS.html


And check out the cops themselves. Some of our criminals are wearing badges.

http://www.familylawcourts.com/Bad_Cop.html

1238 days ago
11.

little aussie reader    

His family will stick by him. Stand strong Mel, don't let the bastards get you down! Go Mel!

1238 days ago
12.

Googie    

Lots of money doesn't make a man smart. A poor man knows that a woman isn't only after him for his money. Mel picked Oksana & he'll be paying thru his nose one way or another for a l o n g time.

1238 days ago
13.

Fidel's niece    

This sounds like something
coming out of O$kanky's camp.

Mel,
It's a bit late to think about
what your kids may go through...
you should have thought of them
before you got yourself mixed up
with this witch.

Fight the bitch to the bitter end!

Freeeeeeeeeedom!

***Team Mel***

1238 days ago
14.

Ray    

The only incident where the Gibson family was bothered, that I remember, is Tommy's party.

1238 days ago
15.

dimes    

If I were Mel Gibson, I might pull out the "children" card to soften the negative PR that would result from a guilty plea that certainly appears inevitable.

Just saying.

1238 days ago
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