Mel Gibson Takes Plea Deal, No Jail For Domestic Abuse


Sources say Mel Gibson has struck a plea deal with prosecutors in which he’ll plead no contest to simple battery for assaulting Oksana Grigorieva and be sentenced to counseling with no jail time. He’ll appear in court on Friday to enter the plea. [TMZ]
Mel‘s lawyer says he only sought a plea deal for the benefit of his children, adding: “I know from almost 20 years as a criminal defense lawyer that 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.” Being a celebrity can be so hard. [AP]
A source says Mel Gibson‘s camp announced that a plea deal has been reached, and the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office is “furious, because the victim in the case was supposed to be notified today about the disposition and outcome of the case. For Oksana to have to find out through the media what was going to happen is absolutely unprofessional and makes no sense at all.” [Radar]

Interested in owning some Lindsay Lohan memorabilia and contributing to the circus that is her life? The jewelry store Kamofie & Co., which got some bad press for auctioning off surveillance video of Linds, announced it will auction off the necklace she allegedly stole and give the proceeds to charity. [E!]

In the new issue of Out, Britney Spears shows off her upper thigh tattoos and says, “I was in seventh grade and it was career day and I remember thinking that I wanted to be an entertainment lawyer. I always knew I would be in this business somehow. I think this path worked out way better.” [E!]

Miley Cyrus yelled at a paparazzo who ran into her mom, which seems pretty reasonable. Video at the link. [Hollywood Rag]

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  • Sorry, I can’t get involved in Ne-Yo and Snooki‘s Twitter feud. [E!]
  • Need your daily cultural insensitivity fix? This photo of Eva Braun in blackface should have you covered. [N.Y. Mag]
  • Charlie Sheen appeared on Dan Patrick‘s radio show today and said he’s unhappy with how he’s being portrayed in the media, so, “This could be my final interview, it’s kind of symbolic … this is where it all began and where it all ends.” Cross your fingers! [Radar]
  • Charlie Sheen was more composed in ast night’s edition of “Sheen’s Korner,” but he still rambled about being a warlock and called Chuck Lorre a “living abortion.” [The Wrap]
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  • Tila Tequila says she wouldn’t mind being one of Charlie‘s “goddesses,” but adds, “I think what he doesn’t realize is that people aren’t laughing with him – they are laughing at him. So while he’s a trending topic, it really is for all the wrong reasons. I wish I would have known this while I was going through my public meltdown. Things would have been different. I wish Charlie knew that this publicity he’s feeding off of is all wrong.” [Hollywood Life]
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