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Mel Gibson -- Kid Tested, Father Approved

3/20/2011 10:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Mel Gibson is set to begin his court ordered community service at a kid's charity in L.A. soon -- and  he's already getting support from some of the parents ... TMZ has learned.

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In fact, one set of parents associated with Mending Kids International tells us they're more than happy to help give the actor a "brand new start" because Mel has helped fund a life-changing series of operations for their foster son over the past couple of years.

James Nicol tells us his Ethiopian-born son Berhanu was only able to undergo an expensive series of medical procedures to help fix severe spinal issues ... thanks, in part, to Mel's generosity.

Nicol says his family is still active with the organization ... and they're excited for any assistance Mel can provide ... despite the fact his community service is the result of a plea deal in a domestic violence case.  

James says he completely trusts the actor around his child ... saying, "If Mel was coming over to our house to play ball with my son, I would not be the least bit concerned."


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61.

Curious    

Howdy Folks :)

Love the article and thank-you Mr. Nicol for speaking out. It's especially joyous to know that young Berhanu - thanks to your loving heart and those spinal surgeries - is able to play ball like any youngster.

Saaaaam!
If you're around, thanks for the sweet comment; hugs and curls back at cha! =D

1128 days ago
62.

gibbs    

Here is the link for Mending Kids International. They do a wonderful job.

http://mendingkids.org/

1128 days ago
63.

kpacota    

Mel's own words hung him not mine. "I hope you get raped by a pack of NI**ERS!" were the charming words Mel's used to Oxana. You can try to forget Mel's own words -- but they are on tape and were also said to police officers ("Sugar Tits") and he just had another mug shot taken showing what an abusive loser he is. He's the same angry, woman hating drunk driving prick he always was and you are obviously a member of his Church or Lies.

Posted at 1:07 AM on Mar 20, 2011 by Phil
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This needs to be discussed a little more. That sentence on the tape was part of a longer conversation/argument. We do NOT know the entire context of the conversation/argument because OX ADMITTED the tapes were "edited." (See: Larry King Live.)

For background: The former Soviet Union that Ox grew up in was an extremely racist place. Do your own research on the origins of Patrice Lumumba University. I don't feel like educating people here who aren't interested enough to look beyond Ox's manipulative public relations attack. They fell for it hook, line and sinker.

Ox would have grown up imbued with a fear and dislike of black people. It would have been instilled in her from her earliest years.

Mel, as we KNOW, has many friends and co-workers who are black. Loyal friends.

Those who think his words to Ox mean anything must at least ask themselves: WHAT WAS THE CONTEXT OF THAT COMMENT? Could he have been throwing a comment SHE MADE before about the blacks in LA back in her face? Could he have been taunting HER with HER fear about blacks as he castigated her for her sleazy outfits that showed her crotch? Maybe "pack of nnnnnnn" was HER statement she once made in a conversation that disturbed HIM, but indicated HER fears.

But once he said it, and she had it on tape, totally out of context, it becomes the new reality. HE is the racist, not her.

Remember Rule Number One about Narcissists. What they loathe in themselves, they project onto those around them. (Here's a hint, business owners, spouses.... if you have a spouse or employee who starts accusing YOU of stealing, better go check the balance sheets because THEY are doing it to YOU.)

The usual airheads and fools will ignore this because they WANT to believe Mel is a racist. Last bit of information to consider: Look at the nanny and driver he hired to deal with Ox. What color are they? Could that have been a way for him to shove her own racism back in HER face???? She has to make nice with them each time they bring Lucia back to her. Must kill her.

1128 days ago
64.

Johnny Carcinoma    

How much is Mel and his minions paying TMZ for all this positive coverage?

Levin, you're sellout.

1128 days ago
65.

Muppet    

Could someone please post for me again the details for a west plea deal? I would really appreciate this information. Thanks.

1128 days ago
66.

ThinkingWoman    

RE:
"Could someone please post for me again the details for a west plea deal? I would really appreciate this information. Thanks.

Posted at 8:30 AM on Mar 20, 2011 by Muppet"

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A "West Plea" allows Mel Gibson to maintain his innocence. It is in no way an admission of guilt.

It is more common in a plea deal to admit guilt to the agreed upon charge - think all the Law & Order style shows when the defendant explains what s/hew did.

Mel did not do this. It can not be used against him in a civil action.

1128 days ago
67.

gibbs    

The only charitable act I have read by Oksana was she supposedly paid Eric George the fees due him from Oksana

1128 days ago
68.

azlee    

as always the same ones come on and post dribble and slaps. Time and time again things are explained and they don't read it, they are only posting for your reaction.

They don't want to know any part of a truth. I do hope they remember this when they go through something in their live and people judge them without all the facts.

1128 days ago
69.

Muppet    

A "West Plea" allows Mel Gibson to maintain his innocence. It is in no way an admission of guilt.

It is more common in a plea deal to admit guilt to the agreed upon charge - think all the Law & Order style shows when the defendant explains what s/hew did.

Mel did not do this. It can not be used against him in a civil action.

Posted at 8:39 AM on Mar 20, 2011 by ThinkingWoman

Thanks ThinkingWoman. Somewhere it was posted the specific legal jargon about the west plea deal and I can't find it. I would be interested in reading it again if anyone has it.

1128 days ago
70.

Stacy    

Mel's own words hung him not mine. "I hope you get raped by a pack of NI**ERS!" were the charming words Mel's used to Oxana. You can try to forget Mel's own words -- but they are on tape and were also said to police officers ("Sugar Tits") and he just had another mug shot taken showing what an abusive loser he is. He's the same angry, woman hating drunk driving prick he always was and you are obviously a member of his Church or Lies.

Posted at 1:07 AM on Mar 20, 2011 by Phil
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Those are NOT Mel's words. He said IF,... "IF you get raped..."...NOT "I hope", you can go back and listen again and
see for yourself.

You shouldn't misquote people.

1128 days ago
71.

Stacy    

WEST PLEA (People v. West (1970) 3 Cal.3d 595.) West is the seminal case discussing the legality of plea bargaining in California, and is cited for many, many legal propositions. However, a "West plea" is most likely to stand for a plea which "does not constitute an express admission of guilt but only a consent to be punished as if guilty." (People v. Bradford (1997) 15 Cal.4th 1229, 1374.) Typically, the defendant stipulates to a factual basis for the plea. (See, e.g., People v. Westbrook (1996) 43 Cal.App.4th 220, 223 [factual basis from grand jury transcripts].)

1128 days ago
72.

Curious    

Now, with the kind indulgence of the audience, it's Soapbox Time.

A Curious Discourse on Hypocritical Twaddle.
(Otherwise known as the Politically Correct Way to Hate.)

It's very wrong to smear a person's name and accuse him of various crimes - unless, of course, one does it in a politically correct manner. A few examples -

1. Bashing a person's religion is wrong - unless the religion falls outside some loud and virulent protest group or is the predominent religion of whoever we happen to be at war with at the time. So any comments against Jewish people are forbidden (unless it's a Jewish person making it), but it's open season on Catholics and Islamics.
2. Racist remarks are wrong - unless those remarks are between two people of the same "race". Hence, black people can call one another "n*gger" in friendly greeting, but everyone should be appaled if a white person did the same thing.
3. It is, however, perfectly acceptable to label someone a "racist" regardless of the fact that the person may have several close friends of various skin color. After all, if a white person greets a close black friend with a hug and a "Yo n*ggah, what's happening?" The white person is obviously a racist.
4. Being uncomfortable with certain sexual orientations is wrong. One does not have to have a violent reaction or even make a slighting remark in this case - just the act of admitting one is uncomfortable in an attempt to overcome that discomfort is enough to get one called a "homophobe".
5. Anger is also wrong no matter what the provocation. A person who has been betrayed and hurt by a loved one apparently has no right to voice their feelings in an angry rant.
6. However, anger/hatred IS allowed if one calls a complete stranger an "Anti-semitic, racist homophobe" because that's the politically correct way of expressing what an brainwashed, narrow minded and cowardly little twerp one is.

End discourse.

1128 days ago
73.

ThinkingWoman    

@Muppet - You might be able to google it. I would, but have to get ready for Church. I wonder if TMZ had an article with the information you are looking for? I'll check into it when I get some time unless someone else is able to assist you first.

1128 days ago
74.

Belinda    

Mel's own words hung him not mine. "I hope you get raped by a pack of NI**ERS!" were the charming words Mel's used to Oxana. You can try to forget Mel's own words -- but they are on tape and were also said to police officers ("Sugar Tits") and he just had another mug shot taken showing what an abusive loser he is. He's the same angry, woman hating drunk driving prick he always was and you are obviously a member of his Church or Lies.

Posted at 1:07 AM on Mar 20, 2011 by Phil
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Those are NOT Mel's words. He said IF,... "IF you get raped..."...NOT "I hope", you can go back and listen again and
see for yourself.

You shouldn't misquote people.


Posted at 8:42 AM on Mar 20, 2011 by Stacy
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Not only do we Oksana's edited tapes, we also have these small minded people re-editing the words from them ... AGAIN.

1128 days ago
75.

champix_o    

Hi Muppet, tha's what I saved ..
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No Contest (Nolo Contendre) Plea. In San Diego County, the prosecutor�s office will rarely accept this plea. You may have to plea to the court, instead to the prosecutor. If you plea to the court, you may have to plea to every charge on the complaint. The plea means you deny you did anything wrong but will not fight the charges. The court or prosecutor will treat this plea like a guilty plea for sentencing purposes. It is arguable whether this will help a client depending on the situation. Many lawyers have different opinions and none are necessarily right or wrong.

People v. West Plea. This is even more rare. Your lawyer will have to craft the �factual basis� carefully. This plea means that you deny any wrongdoing and would have fought the case but for the plea deal you got. It means the prosecutor must agree to this plea and its factual basis. Talk to us or your lawyer about this.
So, let�s say you got charged with domestic violence and you did nothing wrong. Your girlfriend called the cops because you were cheating. You would fight the charge all the way. But if the prosecutor offers you something good, you may take it. Fighting a trial may not be worth it when the deal is good.
What does this all mean to you? It means that other courts can�t use this �plea� against you. If the �factual basis� is written carefully, the other courts, like a family court, can�t use it to take your children away at a custody hearing.
In order for these pleas to work, please remember, the right facts and cir***stances must exist. You have to have a good case before a prosecutor may consider this option. Just because a prosecutor gave you a deal does not mean the court will approve it. Yes, both the prosecutor and court has to approve of the deal. That means your lawyer at INFINITY has to do a very good job in convincing everyone.
Expert Domestic Violence Defense AttorneyThe victim will simply ignore the subpoena to appear in court. .... Because the plea-bargain offer is too good to pass, even if the facts are not true ... Just because a prosecutor gave you a deal does not mean the court will approve it. ... Some courts will allow you to do make-up sessions; other courts do not. ...
www.infinitydomestic.com
Posted at 8:00 AM on Mar 12, 2011 by KM
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http://www.answers.com/topic/plea

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http://www.adi-sandiego.com/practice_lingo.htmlWEST PLEA

(People v. West (1970) 3 Cal.3d 595.) West is the seminal case discussing the legality of plea bargaining in California, and is cited for many, many legal propositions. However, a "West plea" is most likely to stand for a plea which "does not constitute an express admission of guilt but only a consent to be punished as if guilty." (People v. Bradford (1997) 15 Cal.4th 1229, 1374.) Typically, the defendant stipulates to a factual basis for the plea. (See, e.g., People v. Westbrook (1996) 43 Cal.App.4th 220, 223 [factual basis from grand jury transcripts].)

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