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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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91.

diogenes    

"nobody gives a damn what money you've given to charity" by Jenn

Only the people that the money has help to lead normal lives. Look up mending Kids Int.

http://mendingkids.org/


, stop getting drunk and threatening people, a s z h o l e.

Posted at 10:00 AM on Mar 20, 2011 by Jenn

Jenn, don't assume, Oksana says Gibson doesn't drink. Horowitz has threatened and dared people all the time. Back it up with some proof.

1222 days ago
92.

janet    

Curious- I hope so to but I don't think so.

Unless Gibson gets full physical custody of Lucia and Ox has joint custody Ox will bleed him dry in the 'guise of the babys needs.

If Gibson had full physical custody of Lucia, Gibson wouldn't have to pay her 20k per month child support, Ox would have to fend for herself. Ox would have to pay for her own home, expenses and so on. Ox will not let that happen.

1222 days ago
93.

Curious    

So what if Mel throws lots of money to charity. He has tons of money. But where it really counts, toward people he is close to, he acts like a bastard with the feeling he can do it all with impunity. Not so Mel, nobody gives a dam what money you've given to charity, stop getting drunk and threatening people, a s z h o l e.

Posted at 10:00 AM on Mar 20, 2011 by Jenn
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You appear to be sadly misinformed.

Mr. Mel was not drunk when he ranted at Miss Oksana, he was pissed as hell. And Miss Oksana obviously did not feel as threatened as she claims since she disabled her phone and went to bed.

Nor has Mr. Mel simply given money to the various charities with which he is associated. He's been active on director boards, he's filmed promotional videos, he travels long distances to evaluate progress. He was in Guatemala to visit with Richard Hansen, the founder of FARES, for 3 days just before his hearing before Judge Sautner, in fact.

But of course, it's so much easier to parrot the sound bytes than, you know, actually examine facts and think on one's own.

1222 days ago
94.

Sunset    

Phil and CGee you are the only few intelligent decent ones on this board. i wonder if that idiot who says he would not be concerned about having Mel with his child would feel the same way if he had witnessed Mel punching Oxsana in the face while she held their child like her son witnessed. He is obviously insane to not be bothered by the mysogynistic, racist, horrible comments he made on the tape when he admitted to punching her. The domestic violence definitely happened and anyone who doesn't think so is stupid. He was charged with domestic violence for a reason. Mel is a horrible woman beater no matter how many charities he supports. Mel plead no contest to domestic violence because he found out that Oxsana's son was going to testify as a witness if it went to trial. The fact that he has made contributions to film is not a reason to defend a woman beater! I hope Mel violates his probation by driving drunk again as long as he doesn't hurt anyone and goes to jail. haha

1222 days ago
95.

Curious    

janet -
You're absolutely correct - getting full, sole custody of Lucia would be the best option for Mr. Mel. It would cut all ties to Miss Oksana.

Unfortunately, CA family court is very big on joint parenting. It will take a felony conviction and deportation to get the woman out of the picture. Or some act that convinces the court she is unfit. (Or a bottomless pit, lol)

At this point in time, Mr. Mel seems to have her well stale-mated with the threat of a countersuit. Whether he intends on taking it further, only time will tell.

Personally, I would like to see him bring the hammer down; but I have no idea of all the factors he must consider. For example, with The Beaver shortly due for release, he may not wish to risk any negative publicity by going after Miss Oksana.
Yet.

1222 days ago
96.

pinkpanther    

Mel Gibson is a good man who has done good deeds and people recognize this. He has a foul mouth, so what, I bet you do to at times, who doesnt.
Quite the contrast in how Mel is embraced and welcomed, and on the other end of the scale you have the DV organizations OX tried to align her self with who couldnt distance themselves from her fast enough!
People are not stupid and are not buying into her con game. Remember her list of expenses to Judge Gordon...Her charity contribution Zero Dollars!

To the Mel haters, what have you done to save a childs life lately?

1222 days ago
97.

Curious    

Phil and CGee you are the only few intelligent decent ones on this board. i wonder if that idiot who says he would not be concerned about having Mel with his child would feel the same way if he had witnessed Mel punching Oxsana in the face while she held their child like her son witnessed. He is obviously insane to not be bothered by the mysogynistic, racist, horrible comments he made on the tape when he admitted to punching her. The domestic violence definitely happened and anyone who doesn't think so is stupid. He was charged with domestic violence for a reason. Mel is a horrible woman beater no matter how many charities he supports. Mel plead no contest to domestic violence because he found out that Oxsana's son was going to testify as a witness if it went to trial. The fact that he has made contributions to film is not a reason to defend a woman beater! I hope Mel violates his probation by driving drunk again as long as he doesn't hurt anyone and goes to jail. haha

Posted at 10:22 AM on Mar 20, 2011 by Sunset
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Interesting - you called a man who fostered a child with spinal problems requiring intense surgical intervention an "idiot". Now why would you do that? Are you prejudice against little Berhanu because he's black? Do you have a problem with congenital malformations?

Or maybe you're just angry and venting against a man who has taken in a sick child in order to justify your own hatred.

In the proper politically correct terms, of course.

Oh wait though, by those same yerms - you're a racist, child hater.

1222 days ago
98.

janet    

Curious-

It was Horowitz and Ox who jumped on the Civil suite bandwagon after his plea. All Mel did was say he would fight back if she tried.

I haven't heard anything more about the Civil suite. Has anyone else?

1222 days ago
99.

Curious    

Though, I have to correct myself. Not child hater - Sunset's "idiot" was aimed at the father, not the child.

So - what would be the politically correct smear against someone who mocks a man willing to accept a sick child as his own?

1222 days ago
100.

Annie     

Sunset,

I would rather be seen as stupid by you than to be a short sighted, narrow minded, uninformed, name calling, mud slinging person as yourself. Nice of you to stop by and show us a little mirror into who you are. Have a great day!

Good afternoon and happy first day of spring to the rest here : )

1222 days ago
101.

the missing link    

REALLY WTF don't even worry Phil You already know I'm with you on this one. Good Old mel around a bunch of your kids yeah who else better to teach them how to be the greatest racist white trash in the world but the worst dirt bag on earth next to charlie, MEl. And look at all you crackers that just goes to show everyone of you who agree with mel teaching your young aren't nothing but white devil pricks that need to be brainwashed back to reality. I hope Mel doesn't Catholic Church Priest your kids instead of teaching how to be racist now that would be a lol matter lol

1222 days ago
102.

janet    

Sunset-

He slapped her and she exaggerated it to the max. He didn't beat the crap out of her like she wanted everyone to believe.

Also, I'm sick and tired of females who have no problem hitting males and when the males hit back they scream domestic violence.

1222 days ago
103.

michelle    

T.D. has 'raised' his son to be just like him

1222 days ago
104.

big chief    

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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Phil,
Remember the saying, "Actions speak louder than words"? Mel's generous actions based on the millions of dollars he has donated to people of all races and religions have helped more people around the world than you will ever realize. Your comments are based on edited tapes; nothing new here. Why don't you channel your anger and promote awareness for victims of sadistic extortionists.

1222 days ago
105.

Curious    

Correcting myself again -
Post #100 yerm = term* Silly typo.


janet -
I haven't heard anything. I'm still dying to find out what happened in the family court hearig last week about the pysch. evals, slap and custody motions Attorney Horowitz filed.

The big problem for them is the West plea that the DA and judge accepted. It admits to no guilt and pretty much cut off an easy civil battery win. Which is why Miss Oksana was hoping to get family court to rcognize the slap. Judging from the lack of gloating, I'm guessing Judge Gordon rightfully told them that was a matter for civil court, not family court. Of course, this means Miss Oksana would actually have to pay for her own lawyers.

Miss Oksana and Attorney Horowitz have been saying since last year they intended to sue, you're right about that. Without a criminal admission, however, they now have to convince the jury that the slap was a single malicious act and not mitigated by a father's concern for the safety of his child.

Alexander's testimony of what he saw will probably be crucial.

1222 days ago
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