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Mel Gibson

Pleads No Contest

NO JAIL

3/11/2011 8:17 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Mel Gibson just entered a plea of no contest to a charge of simple battery ... and with a little community service and counseling ... it's like nothing ever happened.

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Mel's no contest plea relates to a domestic situation in which the alleged victim had a child with her.

031111_mel_arrival_small_videoMel's entered what's called a "West Plea" -- which means he is allowed to maintain his innocence.

Under the plea agreement, Mel will do NO jail time.  He must perform 16 hours of community service with a philanthropic organization, Mending Kids, and undergo 52 weeks of counseling -- he's been seeing a counselor since January but will not get credit for the accrued time.

Beyond that ... Mel is required to have only "peaceful contact" with Oksana Grigorieva -- it's the same order he's under in the family law custody case.

Mel was placed on 36 months informal probation. One of the terms of probation -- he cannot use force or violence against anyone. He was also hit with a protective order that gives Oksana the right to record their calls.

Mel's lawyer, Blair Berk, told the judge her client entered the plea in the interests of his children -- so they wouldn't have to endure a one-year legal fight, and that's why he entered the plea.


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16.

ria    

Harvey.. Charles was right you do match your watches :) I pay attention hahaha

1285 days ago
17.

Mad Max    

Smash her! No good for nothing russian scammer!

1285 days ago
18.

yo    

Oksoccent!

Mel Guiltson!

1285 days ago
19.

Lisa    

I bet he wishes he never left Robin. I think he must still love her too and vice versa. None of this stuff would have happened if he would have just kept his willy in his pants when he met Oxsana.

1285 days ago
20.

yo    

I bet he wishes he had never been a criminal!

1285 days ago
21.

Angie    

I feel for this guy. Sure he's had his bad moments (and when haven't we all?), and sadly enough, that gold digging skank made it public. Hopefully now he can put this all behind him. God be with him.

1285 days ago
22.

CECESO23    

At lease he looked serious. Lindsay was laughing her butt off.

1285 days ago
23.

paigehop    

Mel looked and acted professionally. Alert and respectful of the judge! He's never been one to air out his personal life in public, so I'm sure it was excrutiating to have the cameras there.

Can't wait to see the awesome things he'll continue to do with film!

1285 days ago
24.

fuddyduddy    

I heard a reporter keep trying to press DA Shay about the fact that Robyn is the President of Mending Kids, and DA Shay just answered that Mel would do 16 hours of community service and would report to the court.

1285 days ago
25.

beachgal    

3 years probation, ha ha ha - he'll violate, he can't help himself

1285 days ago
26.

yo    

Mel looked and acted criminal. Drugged and resentful of the judge! He's always been one to abuse those in his personal life in private, so I'm sure it was excrutiating to have the cameras there.

Can't wait to see him fade into oblivion!

1285 days ago
27.

If sense were common everyone would have it.    

Heh, perhaps he should do his community service at a battered women's shelter for black Jewish women.

1285 days ago
28.

dimes    

Nikki Finke over at deadline.com has an interesting theory that Hollywood may be softening towards Mel after his appearance at his agent's (Ed Limato) memorial service.

Mel's movie premieres at SXSW in Austin next week. Bet he's there.

1285 days ago
29.

deeb    

One of my few comforts for this day is knowing that Ox and her trolls (reading this, YO?) will no longer have a platform. Enjoy your last 10 seconds of fame, you biotch. It's about to drop out from under you

Now, I can't wait for the Beaver. All the best to you, Mel.

1285 days ago
30.

Puckett    

3 years probation... I wonder what he'll violate on, it's only a matter of time.

1285 days ago
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