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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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46.

dimes    

Nothing in this story acknowleges any guilt on Gibson's part. To the contrary, it suggests that his primary motivation is protecting his family from the media storm sure to surround a trial.

1325 days ago
47.

Firefly    

Good Morning Everyone,

Mel,

WHAT ARE YOU THINKING! Don't stop now, you have a big momentum behind you. For once we get to see a peek behind the curtain and you don't want to go there? This is a chance to right a big wrong, because corruption is winning and we are all just sitting back watching the bad guys go about there business. They know that most people are worried about their own little lives to keep up with the crap that is going down in California. This will spread like wildfire across the nation if Lawyers see that they can legally extort and get away with it. The one person that I most would like to see go to jail for being a corrupt lawyer is Gloria Allred. I would love to see her all red in the face and screaming, "it was all Ox's idea" as they drag her away. OK, back to you Mel. Your children have been wonderful through this whole thing. They have put up with a lot and I am sure that they will put up with a whole lot more if you were to pursue this and bring the whole California Judicial system to it's knees. Just think of the movie that you can make out of this whole fiasco!!!!!!!

1325 days ago
48.

jayjay    

Mel will probably plead guilty. He is very private and would never want his family dragged into this. He needs to put this behind him and move on and start making more movies!

1325 days ago
49.

Ray    

dimes
How has his family not been protected since this began? The only time they were bothered was when Tommy and Mrs. Gibson dealt with paps. If Mr. Gibson chooses to accept a plea deal, do you think his family won't have to deal with this incident later on down the line?

1325 days ago
50.

rika    

@John

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

Yes, ox was cleared of Mels allegation that she supposedly shook the baby.so what the f is the point of your long-winded post?.

1325 days ago
51.

igotfleasfromtmz    

the point would be they believed him. she was the accuser

1325 days ago
52.

igotfleasfromtmz    

Just like the Jury will believe him as they wheel her away yelling LARRYYYY HELP ME

1325 days ago
53.

MIDNIGHT TOKER    

ol mel is going to do hard time..hell he might get 7 days with 4 suspended....40 hours community service at a jewish temple..that will kill him

1325 days ago
54.

gonesi    

@John,

I agree with everything you said. But unlike Jezebel Judas, Gibson isn't use to crawling around in the gutter with his kids following behind.

I think this is eluding to a civil trial vs just paying the bitch.

We are on the outside and can see it with more perspective.
He is having to deal with every gut wrenching thing Oki and Horwitiz will try to smear not only him, but his children and wife with. If his children were arrested for smokin weed, they will put them on the stand n grill them so as to make Gibson appear a bad father. Oki seems to hate his children and would do it in a minute if she could see a dime from it.

Her only alternative now is to get so much money out of this, she will never have to go after another man for money. Cause after this, we all know there won't be any takers.

From the beginning, Oki and Horowitz game has been to wear him down so he will settle. They are legally chasing him till he gets tired.

Unless the judge puts an end to her being able to dip into his pockets for every frivolous lawsuit she can think of, he has got to come up with a way to end this.

We can see the DA isn't gonna charge her like they should. If they did she would be deported (what should happen) but then they don't want the consequence of her and her twin (Horowitz) suing them if they lost on the charges.

What choices does he have except to pay her or let her hurt his family? That is something she seems to have loved doing all along. If the rumors are true she called his wife to tell her she was pregnant, you know she will stop at nothing.

1325 days ago
55.

Tellthetruth59    

At least Mel has acted in the best of interest of his children throughout this fiasco. You can't say the same for Picasso face extortionist. She sold Lucia and Alex's azzes down the river when she released those tapes. She was all about the money and could not have care less about either of her children's lives or privacy. What a POS.

1325 days ago
56.

Firefly    

Hey Mel, you are not alone...you have us! Fight the good fight and we will be there behind you the whole way. If your lawyers need any info all they have to do is come to TMZ and look back at the archives. I'm sure that there are a few researchers here that would be hired in an instant if they ever needed a job.

1325 days ago
57.

RonBurgundy    

I listened to the tapes. Mel was engulfed with rage. A felony charge for any one of us who lack self control.

Listen to the tapes dummies, he's a complete lunatic.

Not his first run in with the law in which he is accused of erratic behavior.
Charge him today!

1325 days ago
58.

tgrfan42069    

meanwhile okgoldigger whos lawyer whos best bud is the DA wont be charged.

1325 days ago
59.

kinm    

Fight charges or not, it's hard for him to save the money for his kids, that stupid evil PIG is determined to drain every dollars he has, with the help of an unjust system and corrupt dirty politicians.

1325 days ago
60.

rika    

the point would be they believed him. she was the accuser

Posted at 3:56 AM on Mar 9, 2011 by hellnurse

They were both accusers.He is the only one being charged with anything.

1325 days ago
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