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Saturday 31 January 2015

Gibson pleads no contest to charge

Mel Gibson has pleaded no contest to a battery charge (AP)
Mel Gibson has pleaded no contest to a battery charge (AP)

Mel Gibson has pleaded no contest to a misdemeanour spousal battery charge hours after it was filed.

The Academy Award winner appeared in a Los Angeles courtroom and entered the plea to end the case before it goes to trial. He was placed on probation and ordered to enrol in a domestic violence counselling programme.

He is accused of striking then-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva during a fight in January 2010.

The Russian musician did not attend the hearing but was represented by one of her attorneys.

The actor-director arrived in court accompanied by his attorney, Blair Berk, who has said Gibson sought to end the case after considering the case's impact on his children, including an infant daughter with Grigorieva.

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