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Wednesday
Mar092011

Mel Gibson Will Plead Guilty, Won't Face Jail in Abuse Case 

Valerie Macon/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- TMZ.com is reporting Mel Gibson will cop a plea with Los Angeles prosecutors in his domestic abuse case. The Oscar-winning Braveheart director and star will reportedly plead guilty to a reduced charge of simple battery -- which will spare him from a more serious charge, corporal injury to a spouse, and spare him any time behind bars. Gibson was accused of punching ex Oksana Grigorieva at his Malibu home last January.

Also key to Gibson's decision was that a plea deal would spare his family from the drama of a drawn-out celebrity trial. In a statement, Gibson's lawyer Blair Berk told the gossip site, "Sometimes justice can come for a client at too high a personal price. That is particularly so for Mel, whose right to due process can only be exercised in this case with an enormous media circus attached. Mel's priority throughout all of this has been that the best interests of his young daughter Lucia and the rest of his children be put first in any decisions made. It is with only that in mind that he asked me to approach the District Attorney with a proposal that would bring all of this to an immediate end." Gibson was reportedly confident he could have overcome Grigorieva's accusations in court, according to TMZ.

Gibson and Grigorieva will continue their bitter custody dispute over their infant daughter. The actor's lawyers have also presented evidence that Grigorieva tried to extort him by threatening to release now infamous phone fights between Grigorieva and the Lethal Weapon star.

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