Mel Gibson sentenced to probation and counsellingThe Hollywood star has been given sixteen hours of community service and a suspended sentence, following charges of domestic violence against his ex-girlfriend.
In Los Angeles, Mel Gibson was sentenced on Friday to three years probation, as well as one year’s domestic violence counselling, community service and fines, after the battery case brought by his ex-girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva, was concluded.
Gibson, 55, pleaded no contest to a misdemeanour of domestic violence against Miss Grigorieva in January of 2010. He made no further statement, however, other than to acknowledge his plea to the judge and that he understood the proceedings.
It was also revealed in court that Gibson is undergoing psychological counselling as part of his plea deal, and has been served a protective order not to threaten or harass anyone involved. Gibson will also undertake sixteen hours of community service with a charity: Mending Kids International.
Miss Grigorieva alleged that the ‘Lethal Weapon’ and ‘Braveheart’ star had punched her more than once at the actor's Malibu home. Gibson admitted to slapping her in order to restrain her from shaking their baby, Lucia, while the couple were arguing.
Counter claims of Miss Grigorieva’s attempt to blackmail Gibson after recording a phone conversation with him will not be investigated by the court.
Gibson’s lawyer told the presiding judge that, in making the plea, his client: "May maintain his innocence and does so now. He's entering his plea because it's in the best interest of his children.”