Mel Gibson has reached a plea deal in his criminal case and will not serve jail time for allegedly assaulting then-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva more than a year ago, TMZ reports.
The “Braveheart” star reportedly pled guilty to a minor charge of simple battery and will receive a sentence that involves counseling — but no lockup. According to TMZ’s sources, Mel had felt his chances of winning the case were good, but didn’t want a lengthy court battle to affect his family — including Lucia, his daughter with Oksana, as well as his seven children with ex-wife Robin.
Oksana had alleged that Mel punched her during a January 2010 argument; in a legal declaration, he maintained that he had only slapped her once “in an attempt to bring her back to reality,” as she was shaking Lucia.
Mel’s lawyer released a statement asserting, “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.”
“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,” added the attorney. “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.”
The plea bargain is reportedly set to be announced Friday, and Mel is planning to be present in court.
Things are looking up for Lindsay Lohan — and not just because Charlie Sheen’s cannot-turn-away train wreck is making her life look amazingly stable by comparison.
The actress’s hopes of being vindicated of theft charges were heightened when the boutique that accused her of stealing a $2000-plus necklace sold video surveillance footage (for at least $40,000, according to TMZ) to the AP, to be posted online. LiLo has claimed the store is just using her for publicity — and the fact that owners sold the prosecutors’ key piece of evidence would seem to bolster her argument.
But there’s an even more interesting wrinkle: Now LiLo is gearing up to sue, TMZ reports, because the store used her likeness for profit without permission. How’s that for irony?
“We regret to hear there is trepidation by Miss Lohan in connection with the video,” boutique owners said in a statement. “We hope that everyone understands that this is beyond our control, the flood of the requests to see this video were simply too overwhelming. It was truly necessary to put it out.”
On Tuesday, Pete Wentz filed a response to estranged wife Ashlee Simpson’s divorce petition — and it could potentially lead to a fight over son Bronx. Though the singer-actress is seeking sole custody, with visitation rights for the Fall Out Boy rocker, Pete is asking for joint custody.
“There’s no fire,” a Pete insider assured People magazine. “It’s a very straightforward response asking for joint custody and fair distribution of attorney’s fees. He’s not gearing up for a custody war.”
Hopefully, for Bronx’s sake, that’s the truth.
Kitty Raymond is an entertainment writer and astrologer. She welcomes feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org.