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Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 03/09/2011

Mel Gibson to plead no contest to battery

Mel Gibson will plead no contest to battery in the case involving his ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva.

People magazine reports that Gibson has struck a deal with L.A. prosecutors that
Gibson and Grigorieva. (Getty Images)
will allow him to avoid jail time and, presumably, attempt to put the whole Grigorieva-tape-recorded-ranting affair behind him. He will appear in court Friday to enter the plea.

”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,” Blair Berk, Gibson’s lawyer, said in a statement cited by People. “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. 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.”

Does this bring satisfying and appropriate closure to this case? Or should there have been a trial, with the potential for a prison sentence for Gibson? Weigh in below.

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