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Mel Gibson Strikes Plea Deal -- NO JAIL TIME

3/10/2011 7:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Mel Gibson has struck an agreement with prosecutors and has made a plea deal in his looming criminal case ... sources connected with the L.A. County District Attorney tell TMZ ... and Mel will not get jail time.

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Our sources say Mel will appear in court Friday and will plead no contest to simple battery -- a lesser charge than corporal injury on a spouse. 

As we first reported, Mel had been agonizing over the impending criminal charge -- related to the January 6, 2010 blowout with Oksana Grigorieva -- worried that a prolonged court fight would be a strain on his family, particularly his children.  We're told ... even though Mel believed he could win the case -- he struck the deal to protect his loved ones.

We're told the deal involves counseling but NO JAIL TIME.

When contacted for a response, Mel's lawyer, Blair Berk, released the following statement to TMZ:  "I know from almost 20 years as a criminal defense lawyer that sometimes justice can come for a client at too high a personal price.  That is particularly so for Mel, whose right to due process can only be exercised in this case with an enormous media circus attached."

Berk goes on, "Mel's priority throughout all of this has been that the best interests of his young daughter Lucia and the rest of his children be put first in any decisions made.  It is with only that in mind that he asked me to approach the District Attorney with a proposal that would bring all of this to an immediate end."

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WaxOnWaxOff    

Once again, the celebs get out of jail with their money. Any REGULAR people would be doing time for even HALF of what he has done... These celebs really make me sick.

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Carl    

Sounds good, except that now he has a battery conviction. That may make his custody fight with Oksana harder. So he may not have been protecting his family as much as he thinks.

1294 days ago
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dd    

Rich people don't take pleas for nothing...he did it!

1294 days ago
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DAN    

whatta snoochy cooch

1294 days ago
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Marilyn    

Anti-Semite deserves the gas chamber along with his Natzi father too!

1294 days ago
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azlee    

like I said, you know what kind of evidence you have and your further plans. I hate to see you stuck with this though, but I will still buy you a cup a coffee if I ever met you. My treat.

1294 days ago
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HarlotO'Hara    

great and true comment by blair berk!

1294 days ago
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azlee    

yeah they are and you can't blame him on doing this to close something, it has gone on so long. I wish he could get her for something though.

1294 days ago
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Julie    

Wow. I guess that's what money buys you. Unbelievable.

1294 days ago
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Tellthetruth59    

Please don't tell me this case and the media circus Picasso face created around it has ended with a whimper. Ox needs to be charged for a few things too - including being a public nuisance.

1294 days ago
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awards    

What a chickenshot thing to do! Time to grow a pair, Mel!

1294 days ago
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azlee    

you get the feeling he just wants done with this whore and have her as far away as possible?

1294 days ago
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Frieda    

Haha on Ox! They KNOW she is a liar and didn't buy her tall tales. Good on you, Mel!!!

1294 days ago
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Sophiecat    

YOU DID IT TO YOURSELF, MEL! YOU HAVE NO ONE TO BLAME BUT YOURSELF FOR THIS MESS!!! YOU! YOU! YOU! You and your rarefied sense of entitlement, your need to be such a control-freak all the time, your need to have what you want, the way you want it, WHEN you want it! YOU did this, and NO ONE ELSE!!!!

1294 days ago
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Bleh!    

Yeah, he's really worried about his family and wanted to put them first. Blah, blah, blah! Guess he was worried about them when he left his loyal wife and kids, took up with another woman, resulting in a child being born. Then proceeded to knock her around. Obviously he didn't want that Pandora's box opened in court. Misogynist.

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