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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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little aussie reader    

"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?

Posted at 1:08 AM on Mar 9, 2011 by Ray

Exactly!

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Ray    

That is the difference between Mr. Gibson and Ms. Oksana dimes. Mr Gibson won't use his kids while Ms. Oksana parades thma around.

1220 days ago
18.

dimes    

Was Harvey on the horn with one of Mel's lawyers?

Where did this story come from?

1220 days ago
19.

dd    

Just end this crap and stop wasting cash......U didn't think about ur kids when u cheated on their mom!!

1220 days ago
20.

little aussie reader    

Was Harvey on the horn with one of Mel's lawyers?

Where did this story come from?

Posted at 1:36 AM on Mar 9, 2011 by dimes

Not from anyone Mel associates as positively connected to him. Of that you can be sure.

1220 days ago
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Maria Ashot    

He needs to fight the charge -- any charge. There can be no compromising on thew Truth. Not for any reason, even something as tempting as "protecting the family" from further nastiness. The family has already been through a great deal; they are now almost out of the woods and there is no getting out of the last stretch... Keep in mind Mel's family has enjoyed many of the privileges and comforts that his hard work and huge talent have earned... You don't get to enjoy one part without also signing up for the other part.

How many children in this world have enjoyed little Lucia's lifestyle thus far? likely lifestyle for the future? How many women have enjoyed the lifestyle Mel has provided the women he has been close to -- including this least deserving one of them all, his worst enemy? Have any of his other offspring had to deal with the hardships most of us have to deal with, as in worrying about next month's rent or where the money will come from to pay for medicine or even food for your child, or elderly parent, or struggling mate?

I am convinced 100% of Mel's (relative) innocence and OG's moral turpitude. This was and remains nothing more than an ugly shakedown by a "Russian" criminal gang.

(Relative innocence because he should have known better than to get mixed up with the likes of her, from the start.)

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little aussie reader    

Just end this crap and stop wasting cash......U didn't think about ur kids when u cheated on their mom!!

Posted at 1:37 AM on Mar 9, 2011 by dd

Ok, let's assume your assumption is correct. Mel's wife, upon finding out he had cheated, did not set out to systematically and publicly ruin him. We don't know what has been said between them behind closed doors, she has behaved with integrity and honour, imo. How do you justify Oksana's behaviour over 1 slap and the alleged 1 night (private) telephone rant after an alleged 3 year dating relationship, compared to Mrs Gibsons behaviour after 7 children and 28 years of marriage? If someone publicly demeaned you the way Oksana has Mel - wouldn't you want vindication?

1220 days ago
23.

Sqiggy    

Well there you go calling defeat way way way too late dude lost this battle from the begining and HE KNEW IT why he even bothered fighting to me is crazy when HE KNEW ALL THE BAD THINGS HE DID.

Seriously? People think this story is from Oksana's people? LOL it's excately as a previous poster said this is most DEFINATELY from Mel's people to SOFTEN to blow from pleading guilty to hitting Oksana.

You people honestly believe that MEL gives a flying f**k about what this has been doing to his family from DAY 1 once this whole s**tstorm started? Hell no he didn't cause he would have settled with some decent deal for both sides long ago if he did.

You silly vampire sucking trolls get with the program MEL did all those bad things,Those are his calls his hate his venom his anger which everyone he knew already knew it was.

His not a hero,He nothing more then a man IF you can call him that.

He will admit it all and try to seem sweet now lol. Needs to pull together what he has left of his image when he pleads guilty and strikes a deal with Oksana hhahahahahah how sweet this is to me.

1220 days ago
24.

dimes    

Connecting a disgraced star to the wholesomeness of "family" is classic image rehab. I can see one of Mel's guys floating it to TMZ.

This planted story isn't meant to slam Mel, but help him by giving him a good reason for a potential guilty plea - he wants to protect his kids from seeing their father trashed in the media and preserve what's left of his brand. And his dignity.

Of course, given his past behavior, this sudden concern for his kids is a little eyerolling.

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25.

igotfleasfromtmz    

I was watching that video of KH and all the while It was scratching her head just like mel said it does.

1220 days ago
26.

northern gypsy    

the kids my a$$...leave them out of it...get a spinal column...
might as well just write the cheque and leave the amount blank ...
is that what you want...i dont think so...

1220 days ago
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little aussie reader    

Maria Ashot! Hi. Many posters will be glad to see you, you are spoken of fondly. :o)

1220 days ago
28.

Sincerity    

A reasonable decision can't be made until the District Attorney or the Feds decide whether or not they're going to charge Ole Greedy with any serious crimes. I suspect there is more than enough evidence due to the actions of Ole Baldy (Herzog) along with the conflicting statements made by Ole Greedy and her witnesses. Too much of the evidence she's released to the public seems to be somewhat suspect and conveniently manufactured. Fraud, perjury, contempt of court, witness tampering, attempted assault, illegally obtained recordings and the list goes on and on! Quite frankly, the public probably doesn't know everything the LASD investigators uncovered and those violations can also be thrown into the indictment for "good measure". If she's charged and/or convicted of any of the crimes listed above or worse, she'll be effectively "shutdown" in any attempts to sue Mel Gibson in civil court.

1220 days ago
29.

rika    

That is the difference between Mr. Gibson and Ms. Oksana dimes. Mr Gibson won't use his kids while Ms. Oksana parades thma around.

Posted at 1:23 AM on Mar 9, 2011 by Ray

Sorry but you give him way...way...too much undue credit.

1220 days ago
30.

beachgal    

He's crying over a misdemeanor when he should be charged with a felony, at the very least. Boo freakin hoo, psycho Mel. Just man up and get it over with plead guilty for God's sake, remember Him? How's your little church, lol. Loser hypocrite.

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