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Mel Gibson will plead no contest to beating Oksana Grigorieva

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With all this yakkity yak about Charlie Sheen, you forgot all about Mel Gibson, didn't you? Well, that Jew-hating, girlfriend-beating misogynist schmoe is pleading no contest to a charge of misdemeanor battery and avoiding jail time, so find some room in your heart to hate him for that, would you?

People reports the plea deal will come in court Friday, landing him some counseling and probation, but likely not much else. It will end the legal saga that started after ex Oksana Grigorieva accused him of punching her in the head and breaking her teeth while she was holding their baby daughter, Lucia.Well, there's always the chance she'll end up charged with extortion for allegedly trying to get millions from him, but we'll have to wait and see about that.

"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," Gibson's lawyer Blair Berk said Wednesday. "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 only 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."

Meanwhile, thank goodness for Sheen, huh? He makes Mel look like a beatified healer of lepers these days.

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