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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.

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

Posted at 1:05 AM on Mar 9, 2011 by ohreally

No, depends how it's worded--AND subsequently spun to potential jurors in the civil trial.

I believe he'll plead guilty, release an exculpatory letter to the public that rightly garners sympathy (I hated to slap her; it was an impulsive act in response to her endangering my child, etc), and she will potentially walk away with close to nada in any civil case.

What Oksana doesn't understand is that now she's playing in Mel's sandbox. He's has a lifetime of collateral (public service, donations, good works) to draw on when the jury forms their decision. She has a misdemeanor assault. They'll never find a jury willing to give her squat.

1327 days ago


Come on Mel don't lay down for her. She has caused you a tremendous amount of trouble. Fight her man! No woman is worth what this one has caused you!

1327 days ago


Mel, do this one for your own reasons: What would Braveheart do?

1327 days ago


@aussie reader AND THAT'S THE REASON HE SHOULD HAVE KEPT HIS HOLIER THAN THOU ASS AT HOME!! Leave class to hang out with trash and this is what u get...

1327 days ago


It seems Gibson is concerned for Lucia and psycho b.itch's reaction to her if he goes to trial. The woman did shake the child already once that we know of. I'd be fearful of pissing off the psycho gypsy extortionist too.

1327 days ago


To Mel Gibson!

Mel , like it or not, you do have to fight this one.

Think of BRAVEHEART, did braveheart back down from the big fight.

Oksana, the Media, hollywood, and the politically corrupt DA have to be taught a lesson, and YOU ARE THE ONE to teach them.

You are not charlie sheen, or logan, or OJ, ... you have to KEEP STANDING and fight the GOOD FIGHT.

If you don't fight this, all people will see is "how you are guilty and oksana is right". Because that is all the media will report.
Your kids will have to be burdened with a dad that ran away and hid behind his children.

Mel, it's to oksana's benefit if you plead guilty, and she could see you as coward and go after you a second time in civil court, where you will have to take stand.

In this upcoming FIGHT with the corrupt DA, you don't have to take the stand, all your opponents will have to , oksana and the rest of the extortion gang.

Also, God will be with you on this one, so , let God defend you , using people who are aligned with you to work through them ( your lawyers and others).

You could have your lawyers finally get paid for doing something useful, like cross examining oksana in front of Jury and the MEDIA and showing the whole lawyer extortion scheme.

Now is time to hire the best P.R. firm and let your side out through a spokesperson you approve of and your ex-wife approves off. You could let the PR people share how you have to "fight" this case for your children, and your ex-wife and friends. You want to expose the "lawyer extortion racket" in LA because you don't want other people having this type thing happening to your "hollywood friends". :)

Lawyer extortion is your defense.

Also, your lawyers could use all the do***ents that they will obtain from the cops on you and oksana, you need them because you defending yourself with "extortion motive". How her lie changed after each lawyer she consulted.

As to 1 slap on a hysterical woman who is shaking your baby, of course , that was acceptable and necessary. If oskana had continued with shaking the baby in that agitated state and you didn't step in , that would be wrong.

Of course , people step in all the time, with a slap or a push , in protecting an innocent person from a mentally/emotionally disturbed one. Cops/teachers/Doctors/military do it all the time on Mentally/Emotionally disturbed people, you can't wait, you have to intervene. Now there "might" be a "review" of incident, but if it was justified, minimum force is the "right thing" in some situations.

It was checked out by child services and they cleared you. Judge Gordon cleared you.

Mel, we all see what type of person oskana is, and she taped you illegally and only played one side of the argument. So we don't hear all the terrible and cruel things she said about you and your ex-wife and children that got you so pissed.

In all the tapes she EDITED out all the CRUEL things she said and did, but with People Mag,, and other interviews she gave , will all SAW the cruel and hurtful way she went after your whole family. And you didn't say a word.

So, the DA is betting you will take a plea, but NOW is the time to make your family proud, and FIGHT the "lawyer extortion ring" in LA , and take down the corrupt DA who is getting money under the table from these extortion lawyers.

Mel, take the leash off your lawyers , and let them do their job. You are paying them good money to do it.

Yeah, the Media will go after you, that is a given, but in court show, how oskana's PR firm plants the stories and how all the other news outlets repeat the "planted story" over and over again. With the purpose of ruining your reputation.

Expose the "extortion racket and the lawyers and PR firms involved with it. Do it for us.

Pray about it and talk to people that seem WISE and LOVING and Spirit FILLED.

Or be a coward and hide behind your children.

Your choice Mel.

1327 days ago


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

Posted at 2:04 AM on Mar 9, 2011 by rika

Give an example of when he used his kids for media purposes.

1327 days ago


So far, Mel's attorneys have provided him with excellent and wise counsel. It would seem that Mel should continue to follow their advice, whatever that may be.

1327 days ago


So far, Mel's attorneys have provided him with excellent and wise counsel. It would seem that Mel should continue to follow their advice, whatever that may be.

Posted at 3:18 AM on Mar 9, 2011 by realist

I agree. If this is the route his attorneys want to take, they have their reasons.

1327 days ago


Give an example of when he used his kids for media purposes.

Posted at 3:15 AM on Mar 9, 2011 by Ray

Uh, right now?.protecting his family?.He will loose the trial and he knows it.

1327 days ago


Uh, right now?.protecting his family?.He will loose the trial and he knows it.

Posted at 3:23 AM on Mar 9, 2011 by rika
You assume this came from Mr. Gibson. What is it you keep tellng others about assuming about the slap?

1327 days ago


Are you suggesting Oksana has planted a story sympathetic to Mel Gibson?

1327 days ago


This story makes Mr. Gibosn appear guilty more than it does sympathetic. Mr. Levin is in the business of rumors and not exactly truth and justice. I do not put it past Attorney Horowitz or Mr. Jaffe to plant stories.

1327 days ago


@ beachgal
Absolutely nothing that Mel did rises to the level of felony charge. Face facts and get over it.

1327 days ago


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

There is truly a difference there in how they feel about hurting their children. When their daughter is an adult, she will read this case as an adult woman, and come up with only one conclusion about her mother.

1327 days ago
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