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Mel Gibson Will Admit to Battery, Avoid Jail Time

It's been nearly a year since Mel Gibson was accused of hitting his then-girlfriend (and father of his child) Oksana Grigorieva — a charge that precipitated the leak of Gibson's angry, career-torpedoing voice-mail messages — and it looks like the case may finally be coming to a conclusion. People is reporting that this Friday, the actor will plead no contest in court to a charge of misdemeanor battery, part of a plea deal that will see him put on probation but receive no jail time. Gibson has separately accused Grigorieva of extortion; that matter has yet to be resolved. [People]

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