Mel Gibson To Plead Guilty To Hitting Oksana?

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Our irony sensors are flying into the red. TMZ says that Mel Gibson may plead guilty to misdemeanor domestic violence for hitting ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, not because he thinks he’s the guilty party (Mel wants Oksana charged with extortion), but because he’s “agonizing” over the idea of putting his family through a drawn-out court battle. Call us cynical, but this sounds like a load of bull. We’re to believe that Mel makes antisemitic remarks to everyone from the cops to Winona Ryder, calls female police officers “sugar tits”, and knocks up his mistress behind the back of his wife of over 20 years, but defending his honor in court is just too much humiliation to put his seven (sorry, now eight) children through? Riiiight.

No matter how he justifies it, taking a plea might not be a bad idea—the sooner he gets past his legal battles with Grigorieva, the sooner he can stop embarrassing the producers of his unreleased films like The Beaver and How I Spent My Summer Vacation. Considering the damage he’s already inflicted on his family, we wonder if its Hollywood he’s worried about scandalizing any further.

UPDATE: TMZ says Mel Gibson has indeed struck a plea deal, which will keep him from seeing any jail time. “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,” said his lawyer. “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.” Way to plead innocent and guilty at the same time, guys.

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