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D.A. Will Charge Mel With Simple Misdemeanor Battery

3/11/2011 2:35 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Mel Gibson will be charged this morning with simple misdemeanor battery .... not felony domestic violence ... sources connected with the D.A. tell TMZ.

Mel Gibson Misdemeanor
TMZ broke the story ... Mel has cut a deal, in which he will plead no contest to the misdemeanor battery charge.

The D.A. had the option of filing a more serious charge -- felony domestic violence, but the D.A. is filing the lesser charge which is the basis of the plea bargain.

The actual charge will be California Penal Code, Section 243(e)(1), which is battery "against a person with whom the defendant is cohabiting, a person who is the parent of the defendant's child, or a person with whom the defendant currently has, or has previously had, a dating or engagement relationship."

And, as we reported, Mel will NOT be sentenced to any jail time.  He will be ordered to continue his counseling and that's about it.

People familiar with the case -- and the L.A. County District Attorney's filing decisions -- tell TMZ the charge and the plea are appropriate and fit within D.A. guidelines.  Remember, Chris Brown beat the crap out of Rihanna, and he was not sentenced to a day in jail.


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kp    

the rich live by different laws, Gibson, Brown, Hilton
Sheen any one surprised

1232 days ago
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Tellthetruth59    

Why are they charging the mother for shaking the baby and extorting a US citizen?

1232 days ago
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Amazed    

How will this affect his custody arrangement?

1232 days ago
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CrashAndBurn    

He will receive his "Golden Gloves" necklace through the mail.

1232 days ago
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ohreally    

And what about OX??? Does this piece of trash just walk? Why isn't she being held responsible for everything she did?
He was protecting his child from harm, HE gets hauled into court; yet this woman is guilty of so much and is not held accountable???
HARVEY!!! You are an experienced journalist. How about some investigative reporting????

1232 days ago
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abram hernandez    

All right!!! Congrats...

1232 days ago
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Tellthetruth59    

This woman shook her child and extorted a US citizen and Mel is the only one being charged? Something is very wrong with this picture. DA is corrupt.

1232 days ago
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Room Monitor    

Oh who cares about Mel... I want to know if Harvey's panteis and socks and watch match today. I don't know if he had time to lay them out last night with the Charlie drama.

1232 days ago
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Tellthetruth59    

If someone shook my 2 month old baby they'd get more than a slap. Gibson showed restraint.

1232 days ago
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awards    

Chris beat a black woman, not the same as beating a gold digger ho!

1232 days ago
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fuddyduddy    

And Oksana pulled both of her children into this argument with Mel.

What kind of mother would do that? What kind?

1232 days ago
12.

Char    

Stand Tall Mel!!!!

1232 days ago
13.

realist    

Hey Gloria - - Put that in your pipe and smoke it!

1232 days ago
14.

stevo     

Lock him up, throw away the key, and lets forget he walked this earth already. He's a sorry excuse for a man. Maybe he'll do us all a favor and move to hell, it's where he belongs.

1232 days ago
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fuddyduddy    

I bet Horowitz wanted the felony domestic violence charge.

1232 days ago
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