Monday, 14 March 2011

Mel Gibson escapes jail in Oksana battery case

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Mel Gibson will avoid a jail sentence after pleading "no contest" to battery of his ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva.

The 55-year-old actor was instead sentenced to 36 months probation and 16 hours community service.

He will also be required to attend domestic violence and mental health counselling over a 12-month period.
Gibson was charged yesterday with "wilful and unlawful use of force and violence upon the person of Oksana G", after Grigorieva claimed he punched her in the mouth last year.

According to the Daily Mail, prosecutors offered the plea deal in order to protect Oksana and a "minor witness" who was due to testify in the case.

Mel's lawyer Blair Berk said: "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 will complete his community service at the Mending Children International charity.

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Charlie Sheen got his mugshot taken following his recent arrest on domestic violence charges - but he's just the latest in a long line of celebs to pose for the police paparazzi.

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Lindsay Lohan had a bad year in 2007, with at least two arrests that eventually saw her admit possessing cocaine and driving under the influence - leading to a day in jail and 10 days community service.

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But Li-Lo looks like Snow White compared to Robert Downey Jr, who was arrested so many times in drug-related incidents that he must have had his own cell. Here he is in 2000.

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And here he is again in 2001, while still in the depths of addiction to heroin and cocaine. He's been clean since 2003, fortunately.

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Paris Hilton initially got into trouble for drink-driving in 2006, but made matters worse by breaking the terms of her probation in 2007 - so that she was eventually sentenced to 45 days in prison. There was outrage when she only served a few days in jail before being transferred to house arrest.

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Hugh Grant looks as sheepish as you'd expect him to in this 1995 mugshot, taken following his arrest for misdemeanour lewd conduct with Hollywood prostitute Divine Brown.

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Mischa Barton had this snap taken after being arrested for drink driving and driving without a licence in West Hollywood in 2007. The streets of LA can't be very safe with all these drunk celebs careering about on them!

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Former child star Macaulay Culkin was busted carrying cannabis and sleeping pills in Oklahoma in 2004.

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Hollywood madam and Celebrity Big Brother star Heidi Fleiss got in trouble with the law for a second time when she was arrested for illegal possession of prescription drugs and driving under the influence in 2008.

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Blake Fielder-Civil is famous for getting ex-wife Amy Winehouse hooked on crack and heroin, but he actually had his mugshot taken because of an assault - which he was later convicted of attempting to pervert the course of justice over.

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