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Mel Gibson

Charged with Crime

3/11/2011 4:06 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The L.A. County District Attorney has just filed a single misdemeanor battery charge against Mel Gibson.

Mel Gibson Charged
The misdemeanor specifically targets someone who either cohabits or has a child with the alleged victim.

TMZ broke the story, Mel will plead no contest today to the charge and will not receive jail time ... but will undergo continued counseling.

The no contest plea is not an admission of guilt.

Mel must appear in court today for the arraignment and the plea, which will take place at 1:30 PM PT ... which TMZ will broadcast live.

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46.

realist    

"The no contest plea is not an admission of guilt."

Oh yes, it is.

Posted at 11:12 AM on Mar 11, 2011 by moussemaker
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Moussemaker - You're wrong. As usual.

1221 days ago
47.

Stacy    

Through his rants it shows a man who was in love, hence his rage to find out she was playing him. I can only be happy for him if this is what he wants to do and if this is the person he wants in his life. This is his new family!

Posted at 11:42 AM on Mar 11, 2011 by forgiven4
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ROFL As If !!

1221 days ago
48.

chris     

was there proof the baby was shaken?

Posted at 11:41 AM on Mar 11, 2011 by TMZgossip
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Gossip, I agree with you on this. I dont really believe the baby shaking story because, as you have stated and I have stated, Mel did nothing (no calling the cops, no taking the baby to the Doctor or Emergency Room)...personally, I feel the "baby shaking" was a cover-up for the slap/hit/punch (whatever).

I will say, in MG's defense, he's has been publicly slaughtered by Oksana and I feel bad for him. Oksana and her lawyers have made a mockery of our legal system. Maybe this is the "wake-up" call our judicial system needs?

1221 days ago
49.

jim    

KP.....

What's left? I mean....animals? Mel has some "issues". The main one being alcohol. It opens up the real Mel Gibson.


TMZ=CIA? Not.

1221 days ago
50.

Dan    

I hope the Fugly baby Mama gets hit with a Tsunami wave. Useless piece of coniving skank doesn't deserve a $penny of Mel's money. Heck even Shee wouldn't look her way if she walked by.

1221 days ago
51.

Anon    

I thought that Tell and Azlee were joining Jenny Craig? BMI=19 is a lie!

Posted at 11:47 AM on Mar 11, 2011 by Orange T

Hahah Orange, you said it! Right now they are stuffing those Hostess doughnuts in their mouth two at a time, while they dream that one day, Mel will call them and maybe give them a little discipline! Because, that's all he was doing, right realist? He was just disciplining Oksana?

1221 days ago
52.

Anon    

Did Oksana Shake the Baby? NO.

Ever held a two month old baby? Their heads are very heavy. To have shaken the infant at that age would potentially create a brain bleed. Mel, as a father of seven, would know that. Did he take the baby to the hospital for examination? NO. If he had just witnessed his two month old infant daughter being shaken, would he not care enough to have her examined immediately? Of course, but it didn't happen.

If Mel had witnessed Oksana shaking the baby, why would he text apologies to her all day the next day? Why would he beg to be allowed to come apologize to her, Lucia and Sasha the next day unless he was the violent one?

Hear the tapes? That's Mel! Combine those oh, so endearing tapes, with Mel punching Oksana so hard her veneers were broken, the dentist testified on her behalf, her son was willing to testify, and you have the case for Mel pleading to battery.

If Mel didn't rush the infant to the doctor after witnessing her being shaken, he is lying as a desperate excuse for hitting Oksana.

1221 days ago
53.

Ray    

"The no contest plea is not an admission of guilt."

Oh yes, it is.


Posted at 11:12 AM on Mar 11, 2011 by moussemaker

If there is a civil suit following the plea deal, it cannot be used as an admission of guilt during the civil suit.

1221 days ago
54.

chris     

This may HELP put to rest the varying opinions of the definition of NO CONTEST:

http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/No+Contest

no contest n. In criminal law, a defendant's plea in court that he/she will not contest the charge of a particular crime, also called "nolo contendere." While technically not an admission of guilt for commission of the crime, the judge will treat a plea of "no contest" as such an admission and proceed to find the defendant guilty as charged. A "no contest" plea is often made in cases in which there is also a possible lawsuit for damages by a person injured by the criminal conduct (such as reckless driving, assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault), because it cannot be used in the civil lawsuit as an admission of fault. "No contest" is also used where there has been a "plea bargain" in which the defendant does not want to say he/she is guilty but accepts the sentence recommended by the prosecutor in exchange for not contesting the charge (which is often reduced to a lesser crime). It is standard practice for the judge to ask either the attorneys or the defendant, "Is there a factual basis for the plea?" before accepting it and finding the defendant guilty.

1221 days ago
55.

ke$hastank    

i wish this story would die already. go back to making movies mel.

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1221 days ago
56.

realist    

Anon, You're an idiot. I never said anything like that. You can continue to mis-quote me if you like, however, as a further display of the total ignorance of subject matter and deplorable lack of reading comprehension skills. You did get past the 8th grade, didn't you?

1221 days ago
57.

Skydancer    

OMG Haters are so stupid. If someone punched you so hard to break your teeth/veneers you'd have bruises and a swollen face.

1221 days ago
58.

yo    

Malignant Mel.

1221 days ago
59.

Hahaha    

Mel and Oksana were together at an appt. for their child. Days later he is copping a plea. She is charged with nothing. What I am trying to get at, Mel and Oksana are together again. It is made to look as if they aren't, but they probably are. After a year of her dragging him through the mud with vile accusations, he tires and starts to think of his family. Bull! Mel copped to this plea so that he and Oksana can get together again, if they aren't already. This way if they do get back together it wouldn't look so bad. His wife is finished with him and seeing someone else. She spoke up for him but doesn't want him back into her life. He took the fall for them both by copping this plea. What's wrong with this case is exactly this. You can see she is not being charged. Mel is getting older. Through his rants it shows a man who was in love, hence his rage to find out she was playing him. I can only be happy for him if this is what he wants to do and if this is the person he wants in his life. This is his new family!

Posted at 11:42 AM on Mar 11, 2011 by forgiven4

Is that you Oxi? Delusional much...

1221 days ago
60.

Carmen    

Nolo Contendere means the person neither admits to or disputes the charges. No admission of either guilt or innocence. It's an alternative. Mel did admit in June of 2009 in writingthat he slapped her. It was never in dispute. What was in dispute were Oksana's claims of the extent of it.

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