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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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irish35    

Here is the problem with what many of you call her lies about Mel punching her and breaking her veneers. All along we have been looking at a photo(s) of photos. If you were looking at the actual original it would be more detailed. But we have been looking at copies of photos that are then transposed onscreen, so the clarity is very distorted. You see broken veneers, but no bruising? In the originals you see the bruising.

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137.

middleagedcrazy    

liar
Posted at 11:54 AM on Mar 11, 2011 by TMZgossip
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Why are you so much crankier than usual?

Tee hee

1217 days ago
138.

middleagedcrazy    

*** You see broken veneers, but no bruising? In the originals you see the bruising.
Posted at 11:57 AM on Mar 11, 2011 by irish35
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Like Frau (?) in Young Frankenstein, the 'bruises' and stories seem to migrate just like the mole.

[Neigh]

Tee hee

1217 days ago
139.

Tellthetruth59    

liar

Posted at 11:54 AM on Mar 11, 2011 by TMZgossip
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Is that all you've got? Ok.

1217 days ago
140.

Tellthetruth59    

Or the DA is protecting his buddy Eric George.

Posted at 11:52 AM on Mar 11, 2011 by Tellthetruth59

And that is pure gossip based on TMZ putting a spin out there to plant this seed of gossip in our heads. I only go by facts, not fiction or conjecture.

Posted at 11:57 AM on Mar 11, 2011 by irish35
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New stories about parties that are hosted and political campaign contributions on various websites aren't facts? That's news to me.

1217 days ago
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irish35    

Anon, I'm not sure where you are getting that Mr. Gibson punched Miss Grigorieva so hard her veneers broke. He punched her so hard he didn't leave a mark on her. No swelling. No broken skin.

Posted at 11:49 AM on Mar 11, 2011 by ThinkingWoman

Here is the problem with what many of you call her lies about Mel punching her and breaking her veneers. All along we have been looking at a photo(s) of photos. If you were looking at the actual original it would be more detailed. But we have been looking at copies of photos that are then transposed onscreen, so the clarity is very distorted. You see broken veneers, but no bruising? In the originals you see the bruising.

Posted at 11:57 AM on Mar 11, 2011 by irish35

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142.

irish35    

New stories about parties that are hosted and political campaign contributions on various websites aren't facts? That's news to me.

Posted at 12:02 PM on Mar 11, 2011 by Tellthetruth59

So what? Is that actual solid proof that George got the DA to NOT charge Oksana? No DA would be that stupid. The fund raisers were out in the open at Georges house for all the world to see. They weren't hiding anything, or making secret deals for Oksana. Good grief the woman and her case just isn't that damn important that it would warrant all the Subterfuge you seem to credit to George and the DA.

1217 days ago
143.

Tellthetruth59    

Someone posted a good link written by an attorney as to why Ox isn't being charged. I would repost it but it wouldn't matter to you. I won't bother.

1217 days ago
144.

middleagedcrazy    

This may be tinfoil hat time, but most of the men involved in 'decision-making' and 'powerful attorneys' seem to be on 2nd or 3rd 'consorts' --

[Gasp] -- even worse than campaign contributions, what if the supply of willing young immigrants dries up?

Bleah.

1217 days ago
145.

azlee    

post it ttt, I'd like to read it.

1217 days ago
146.

irish35    

Is this attorney actually connected to the case in any way? Has he/she seen all the evidence? Or is it just someone's thoughts and opinions regarding why Oksana was not and will not be charged with extortion? An attorney posting an opinion, is no different than you or me posting our opinion, it doesn't make us right or wrong, it's just opinions.

1217 days ago
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irish35    

Actually in reading TMZgossip's spin on the story, I can visualize it happening that way. I have said all along, Someone was chasing Oksana and she was running from someone. Now add into that mix the rage in Mel's voice on the tapes, (and that was Mel's voice) He said he "slapped", She said he "punched" and broke her veneers, which there are photo's of, and It's TMZgossip's story is plausible. It goes along with the scenerio I envisioned in my head.

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148.

middleagedcrazy    

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TMZgossip's story is plausible. It goes along with the scenerio I envisioned in my head.
Posted at 12:23 PM on Mar 11, 2011 by irish35
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Just a bit of gossip, but I heard you can get Harlequin Romances 20/$1.

Tee hee

1217 days ago
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Tellthetruth59    

@Azlee:

Here is the comment:

First, DA’s don’t like complicated cases. Mel admitted that he slapped Oksana in a declaration he filed in the custody case, so the DA had a prima face case from Gibson’s own pen. It wasn’t a strong case, but by fighting it Mel’s life would have turned into more of a media circus than it is already and he would have won the battle and lost the war.

I suspect that the DA did not want to charge Oksana with extortion because to do so would have required him to also charge Oksana’s former attorney, Eric George—who was far less a compelling target, who is politically connected, and a friend of the DA.

In the final analysis, the case was probably viewed as too complicated and marginal to expend precious office resources on.

In addition, the case was high profile, and might have been lost. Da’s don’t like that combination.

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Here is the story it is attached to:

http://blogonaut-blogonaut.blogspot.com/2011/02/la-times-investigation-reveals-gibson.html

1217 days ago
150.

TMZgossip    

Actually in reading TMZgossip's spin on the story, I can visualize it happening that way. I have said all along, Someone was chasing Oksana and she was running from someone. Now add into that mix the rage in Mel's voice on the tapes, (and that was Mel's voice) He said he "slapped", She said he "punched" and broke her veneers, which there are photo's of, and It's TMZgossip's story is plausible. It goes along with the scenerio I envisioned in my head.

Posted at 12:23 PM on Mar 11, 2011 by irish35
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it fits with his own testimony
he said they were fighting
he said he told her to leave
he said he was following her around the house and continued fighting with her
he said he hit her in alex's room
he said she was holding the baby when he hit her

he didnt call the cops
he didnt call a doctor
he let her leave with a baby he just claimed she was abusing

and all the Team LUNATICers just bobblehead along and can't figure out that if the DA actually believed him she would have been charged with child endangerment

better yet, the Team LUNATICers say they'd beat someone shaking their kids (or worse) but none ever say they'd call the cops or get the child to a doctor

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