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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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691.

Midwesterner    

This really is a good deal for Mel. He's not being inconvenienced in any way. The counseling will be good for him, and obviously he feels he needs it. Community service of 16 hours isn't much, and it's great that he will be helping Robyn's charity. The fines weren't much. Informal probation; I don't really know what that is, but it could be something like calling in to a probation officer and not having to go into an office. The protective order is standard, and hopefully he will stay clear of OG. OG is toxic.

Posted at 11:38 PM on Mar 11, 2011 by fuddyduddy

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Fuddy, reading your posts (well, except for a few!) has been one of the best parts of this experience the last few months. I have very high regard for your opinions.

But I see what I see here, and that tie-less, forlorn, and (I suspect) somewhat sedated man we saw Friday afternoon has had it. I don't think he is making the choices he wants to make, but accepting the inevitable to spare his loved ones and colleagues further indignities.

Three years of that informal probation means three years of having those counseling reports leaked too TMZ and ROL. You heard that he had to wave confidentiality for his counseling and have it regularly reported to the court. Harvey was probably on the phone arranging to get the first report while Mel was signing the paperwork.

The very public humiliation for Mel will continue now for at least three years. And he is going to look ever more zombie-ish as time passes.

1320 days ago
692.

carol    

Mel - I hope from now on you think with your the head on your shoulders and not the one between your legs. No BJ is worth this? You don't like bad publicity - this is what that hooker did for you. Learn for the future from this experience. She is a bum and anytime you see women who smile at you all the time and cuddle up - BEWARE, send up the RED FLAG.

1320 days ago
693.

M. Gabriel    

@ Midwesterner: Mel drove himself to the courthouse ... why would you suspect he was sedated? He was sharp and alert in the courtroom too. What's your problem?

1320 days ago
694.

Midwesterner    

Corrections to #714

Fuddy, reading your posts (well, except for a few!) has been one of the best parts of this experience the last few months. I have very high regard for your opinions.

But I see what I see here, and that tie-less, forlorn, and (I suspect) somewhat sedated man we saw Friday afternoon has had it. I don't think he is making the choices he wants to make, but rather accepting the inevitable to spare his loved ones and colleagues further as much further embarrassment as possible.

Three years of that informal probation means three years of having those counseling reports leaked to TMZ and ROL. You heard that he had to waive confidentiality for his counseling and have it regularly reported to the court. Harvey was probably on the phone arranging to get the first report while Mel was signing the paperwork.

Sorry, but I am exhausted and rushed at the moment and didn't read that last post over before hitting send.

1320 days ago
695.

Midwesterner    

@ Midwesterner: Mel drove himself to the courthouse ... why would you suspect he was sedated? He was sharp and alert in the courtroom too. What's your problem?

Posted at 11:59 PM on Mar 11, 2011 by M. Gabriel

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I thought he got out of the passenger's side, but I could be mistaken about that.

That was not a sharp and alert Mel Gibson in that courtroom. And the mildly sedated look brought on by anti-depressants doesn't prevent anyone from driving anyway. (Notice that I said "somewhat sedated.)

1320 days ago
696.

M. Gabriel    

@MW: Your being to judgmental. He looked fine.

1320 days ago
697.

M. Gabriel    

Good night everyone!

1320 days ago
698.

Midwesterner    

Fuddy,

I took notes during courtroom proceedings -

1/ Mel got 36 months probation

2/ he will have to do 1 year mental health
counseling which he said he started in
January with his doctor

3/ he will do a 52 week DV program/counseling

4/ pay 400 DV fine plus some other small fines
(total under $1,000)

5/ make restitution of $100 to the DV fund

6/ obey the protective order
for the probation period (36 months)(OG)

7/ do 16 hours of community service
(Mending Kids International,
Robyn's charity, he picked it)

Bottom line, a good deal.

Blair Berk is a hell of a lawyer!

***Team Mel***

Posted at 11:50 PM on Mar 11, 2011 by Fidel's niece

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He may have started psychological counseling, but the judge made it clear that the "year" starts over again, which is ridiculous when you consider that the DA waited all these months to file charges.

I don't think it's a good deal at all, but I think it is the best the DA and his buddies would allow Mel. They have to have him publicly "guilty" and "punished" and "humiliated" while they show how blameless Ox is. Otherwise, someone might dig into the dirty little secrets surrounding Legal Blackmail, the shadowy and well-paid negotiation industry of the LA attorney guild.

1320 days ago
699.

observer77    

Hmmm....people talking about how OG will come to a bad end reminds me of Vicky Morgan. Remember? Mistress of Alfred Bloomingdale and alleged orgy mistress of a few high-ranking Republican politicians. A slightly unattractive (but not quite so unattractive as OG), ageing prostitute. A Louisville slugger was found lying across her lifeless (an understatement) body.

From the sound of it, OG has a long history - much of it with some unpleasant foreign nationals. And significantly, she hasn't delivered them their big payday.

1320 days ago
700.

observer77    

Is yo yo mo? As opposed to Yo Yo Ma?

1320 days ago
701.

ohreally    

717.
Corrections to #714

Fuddy, reading your posts (well, except for a few!) has been one of the best parts of this experience the last few months. I have very high regard for your opinions.

But I see what I see here, and that tie-less, forlorn, and (I suspect) somewhat sedated man we saw Friday afternoon has had it. I don't think he is making the choices he wants to make, but rather accepting the inevitable to spare his loved ones and colleagues further as much further embarrassment as possible.

Three years of that informal probation means three years of having those counseling reports leaked to TMZ and ROL. You heard that he had to waive confidentiality for his counseling and have it regularly reported to the court. Harvey was probably on the phone arranging to get the first report while Mel was signing the paperwork.

Sorry, but I am exhausted and rushed at the moment and didn't read that last post over before hitting send.

Posted at 12:01 AM on Mar 12, 2011 by Midwesterner
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Oh Mid, good grief, it is late here and I just wanted to scan through some of the posts then hit the sack. But yours is just too over the top! Why are you spinning it this way??

OK.

1. "Tieless." No-one stole Mel's tie! LOL He didn't wear one ON PURPOSE. We can surmise why, but IMO it was to show a certain independence, a lack of kow-towing in his dress. Resistance to the norm. The way you put it makes it seem like it was a negative. I think it showed strength.

2. "Forlorn., somewhat sedated" NO WAY. He was sharp, clear headed, watching every detail attentively. Harvey commented that this was a man who was paying close attention, not relying on his attorneys and sitting back. It is VERY insulting for you to imply this. I think he looked great, totally on top of his game.

3. Now one thing Mel is, he is intelligent. Sure he made a mistake with a professional whore, but do you REALLY think he is going to say anything in the counseling sessions which could embarrass him if leaked? What makes you so sure they would be leaked? Blair Berk asked the judge if the proper procedures were in place. This means security and confidentiality. I am not naive about how things can get leaked, but those counseling sessions won't be. They are subject to stringent Federal HIPA laws.

I think you are either very depressed right now, or you have a real Eeyore streak in you to look at everything through a glass darkly.

1319 days ago
702.

Midwesterner    

Oh Mid, good grief, it is late here and I just wanted to scan through some of the posts then hit the sack. But yours is just too over the top! Why are you spinning it this way??

OK.

1. "Tieless." No-one stole Mel's tie! LOL He didn't wear one ON PURPOSE. We can surmise why, but IMO it was to show a certain independence, a lack of kow-towing in his dress. Resistance to the norm. The way you put it makes it seem like it was a negative. I think it showed strength.

2. "Forlorn., somewhat sedated" NO WAY. He was sharp, clear headed, watching every detail attentively. Harvey commented that this was a man who was paying close attention, not relying on his attorneys and sitting back. It is VERY insulting for you to imply this. I think he looked great, totally on top of his game.

3. Now one thing Mel is, he is intelligent. Sure he made a mistake with a professional whore, but do you REALLY think he is going to say anything in the counseling sessions which could embarrass him if leaked? What makes you so sure they would be leaked? Blair Berk asked the judge if the proper procedures were in place. This means security and confidentiality. I am not naive about how things can get leaked, but those counseling sessions won't be. They are subject to stringent Federal HIPA laws.

I think you are either very depressed right now, or you have a real Eeyore streak in you to look at everything through a glass darkly.

Posted at 1:13 AM on Mar 12, 2011 by ohreally

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We disagree.

New thread: Ox's is suing.

1319 days ago
703.

mrspatrickcampbell    

mel had a lower face lift recently. Note the scar under the hair above the ear and the smoothness of the lower face, neck, jaw.

1319 days ago
704.

CATHERINE    

Tell Mel to get some injections in those forehead creases and dye his hair and look out Mel is back!

1319 days ago
705.

Andrea Gonzalez    

Come on! he is an abusive jerk, we all heard the recordings! He's just doing this so he can fade into the back round and out of the spot light. Anyone who treats a human this way can not be a good parent, what an example he would be for a kid!

1319 days ago
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