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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's how I arrived at my opinion on the Mel/Oksana story;
I took all the he said, she said, all the emails and photos, the recordings etc. I then filtered out he conjecture, stuck to the facts, keeping in mind that the photo's were copies of copies and then projected online, thereby keeping an open mind to the fact they may actually be worse than they appear. No matter how you spin it, it is Mel's rage filled, rant filled crazy voice on the recordings, his words. Even if she tampered with recordings by deleting her words, there is no evidence presented to support that, so I had to go on what was presented to the public. You take the he said/she said, and you come to the middle. And I am sorry, I just couldn't buy what Mel said about her just running around (for no reason) and he feared she would hurt the baby with SBS. so he slapped her, BUT he didn't take the baby away from her? Why didn't he call DFS? Or call the police? or take Lucia to ER to get her checked out for SBS? And why was she running and from whom? He insinuated she was out of control and just running all over the place, endangering Lucia. Bull**** on that crap! No man is going to admit he was chasing her, or in a rage or that he "punched" her while she was holding a baby, nope he's going to down play and justify it by saying he "slapped" her to "shake her out of it".
Say what you will about her and based on her actions, she probably is a gold digger.

1239 days ago
152.

Lucille    

Such a travesty of justice Mel should have been charged with a felony, he's such a pig.

1239 days ago
153.

Anon    

Sam, how'd that double secret spy photography work out for you guys last night? Did you get the photo of Horowitz that will blow the case wide open? Have you exposed all the secrets?!

Or did you quietly get served with a restraining order this morning to stay 500 feet away from all related parties?

I know, you're a "safety girl"!

1239 days ago
154.

lola    

That's what happen what you have the $$$$$$$. Anybody else will have their life destroyed.

1239 days ago
155.

Char    

I adhere to the Judge Judy Doctrine: If it doesn't make sense, then it isn't true.

Women who have suffered from DV fear their perpetrators. They will go out of their way to not incite anger or disapproval from the men that abuse them.
Oksana exhibits not a speck of fear. Actually she demonstrates SHE is the one who had the upper hand in this relationship. She knew Mel's first priority is family. When she became pregnant and had Lucia, she gained control because she knew how much Mel loved his daughter and would protect her at any cost. Oksana spent like a drunken sailor, demanded to be attending events, had the audacity to claim she was scoring Mel's next picture. What woman in fear for her life would behave this way? To antagonize your oppressor? NO WAY!!!
This vile woman set him up like a sting operation and I pray she will receive her due punishment when she least expects it. She is a blight on society and I pray Lucia is able to grow up with none of her mother's traits. I hope she will know how much her Daddy loves her.

1239 days ago
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Primetime Princess    

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1239 days ago
157.

mondo    

MEL GIBSON CHARGED WITH BEATING OCTOMOM!!! read all about it

1237 days ago
158.

george    

In new Zealand we have some xperince with russian ladies. The experince is not flaterring for them , to say the most polite word.

1237 days ago
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