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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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dee    

All of a sudden he is worried about embarrassing his kids? That boat left a long time ago!

1233 days ago
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ashley    

This is another story I don't need daily updates about! The guy will get a slap on the wrist and carry on. TMZ - stop the over kill stories!

1233 days ago
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ThinkingWoman    

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"I listened to the tapes. Mel was engulfed with rage. A felony charge for any one of us who lack self control."
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Verbal rage = felony? You really consider a poor vocabulary the equivalent of murder? You really equate a slap across the face as equal to a severe beating? A raised voice across several miles should be charged similarly to a person left to die on a street?

If stupidity was a criminal offense, I believe you would find yourself behind bars.

1233 days ago
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Stacy    

TMZ and Harvey, enough already! Can't everyone see this is just more SPIN. As I stated before, something else is in the works. Something else is about to go down with this case. It appears to me someone is scared out of their wits.(Oksana) Mr. Gibson has been silent throughout. This is spin of the worst kind in this case.

Posted at 5:05 AM on Mar 9, 2011 by forgiven4
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Very true, it's also a strange spin to mention his family. TMZ never mentioned them much before. Is this an attempt to intimidate him somehow ?

I remember when TMZ used a headline "Oksana is expendable", that was strange too.

Does Warner Bros have something at stake here ?

1233 days ago
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Tellthetruth59    

@Thinkingwoman - you're on a roll today :-)

1233 days ago
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Landon D    

I am with ya Mel! "Keep on keepin on!"

1233 days ago
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Peta Vale    

That Oksana ****ed you up big time didn't she Mel!Your mid life crisis cost you big time you silly bugger.

1233 days ago
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forgiven4    

Why couldn't Harvey say this on TMZ, instead of evading the questions posed to him like he has been doing. It is a shame there are those still trying to benefit from this man's life, finances, troubles. If Mr. Gibson is charged even a misdemeanor, it would only be right, more than right to charge her with something. She always wanted a level playing field, then be evenly charged. It is highly likely she will be charged as well. Right now she and her team, plus TMZ and Harvey know this too. They are throwing out these sensationalistic tidbits ever so often to get the hits. This is still the lives of these people involved.

1233 days ago
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Mr.Velvet    

I wonder how many hundreds of thousands were spent on this investigation. Seems like a huge waste of money to prosecute a misdemeanor.

1233 days ago
85.

joe    

What ever happened to the one year statute of limitations on misdemeanors?

1233 days ago
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ThinkingWoman    

@TTT - I really hate stupidity! Choices, good and bad, are human. These knuckleheads spewing trivia and sound bites get on my last nerve.

1233 days ago
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get a life ho    

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

Posted at 4:00 AM on Mar 9, 2011 by MIDNIGHT TOKER
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The Jews wouldn't have him on a bet .,.,.

1233 days ago
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get a life ho    

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.

Posted at 1:07 AM on Mar 9, 2011 by Phil
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You left out Racist Mel can suck it too .

Too bad he probably won't do some jail time but it's all but guranteed he will get some well deserved anger managment and some community service which hopefully will cause this Racist Pig enough stress and humiliation to start drinking and smoking heavily .

To Team Mel ,.,., still winning ? ? LMAO ! !

1233 days ago
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KM    

The sources sound like OX....And this sounds like a veiled threat to plea out or Ox will drag your family through the mud!
She is now using ROL and TMZ to blackmail Mel, EG and KH.

1233 days ago
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ThinkingWoman    

Keep in mind, a racist would hardly employ members of the minority groups he is accused of hating so much. The logic of this tired claim is nonexistent.

For the record, I am a member of one of the said "groups" having been "victimized" by Mr. Gibson's words. Funny thing, though, I've never been victimized. Nor have any of the people who to know him.

1233 days ago
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