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According to reports, Mel Gibson has done exactly what he's supposed to be doing to complete probation in his domestic violence case - and then some.

Gibson's lawyer, Blair Berk, met with Judge Stephanie Sautner (yes, also the judge in the Lindsay Lohan saga) to present proof that Gibson is compliant.

The troubled actor has paid his fines, performed his community service by visiting a Guatemalan hospital, and is earning high marks from a psychiatrist.

Mel Gibson Outside Court

Gibson immediately following his recent court date.

Mel has been going to therapy weekly and making progress following a no contest plea in March to misdemeanor battery of Oksana Grigorieva.

Everybody, even the actor's harshest critics, has to be very happy to hear this and hopeful that he's able to work through his issues going forward.

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Mel Gibson spoke with children born with deformities at a hospital in Guatemala this week, a visit that was part of his community service.

The actor's publicist, Alan Nierob, said that Gibson has been in the Central American nation for days working with Mending Kids International.

Nierob said Gibson is spending more time in Guatemala than the 16 hours of community service that a plea deal calls for him to perform.

Good Old Mel

In fact, Mel has been active with the organization long before the no contest pleas to striking former girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva in 2010.

He requested, and was granted, the ability to perform community service with Mending Kids International, with which he has a long history.

Mel's estranged wife, Robyn Moore Gibson, once led the charity, which offers free surgery for children with cleft lips, or spina bifida.

Gibson, who wore a purple T-shirt with Mending Kids logo, said he has been coming to Guatemala the past 15 years to support the charity.

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The infamous Mel Gibson tapes are about to become irrelevant.

Oksana Grigorieva's lawyer, Dan Horowitz, told the judge in the couple's custody case this a.m. that he may not even introduce the tirades into evidence.

Oksana En Route

Horowitz backing off the tapes comes a few weeks after he told the judge that Oksana would be dropping domestic violence allegations against Gibson.

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The Mel Gibson tapes could surface if Oksana files a civil lawsuit against Mel, but it's starting to look iffy at best that such a lawsuit will even be filed.

Mel's no contest plea to battery ended the criminal case, and Oksana's damages would be limited even if she won a civil case against him in the end.

Long story short, it may not be financially worth the trouble for her to continue this crusade. Everyone may soon breathe a sigh of relief that it's over.

Well, everyone except Kris Herzog.

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In a shocking move, Oksana Grigorieva dropped her domestic violence claim against Mel Gibson at a court hearing today in the couple's custody case.

Last month, Mel pleaded no contest to battery, ending that chapter of the pair's legal circus. But the battle for custody of Lucia, 1, remains unresolved.

Moksana

In fact, it's been so contentious that today's move came out of left field, as Oksana actually extended an olive branch in an attempt to settle the case.

Oksana's lawyer, Dan Horowitz, told Judge Scott Gordon that they would no longer claim Mel's alleged violence as grounds to strip him of custody.

Mel's lawyer, Stephen Kolodny and the judge were visibly shocked.

The domestic violence protective order Oksana obtained - prohibiting Mel from contacting or harassing her - has also been terminated as of today.

Sources close to Oksana Grigorieva say she would like to be able to communicate directly with Mel, rather than going through intermediaries.

No word on whether Mel feels the same way, but it's a good first step in putting this ugly mess behind them for the good of their little girl.

The only potential bad news? Kristian Otto Herzog's book won't sell nearly as well if these two are actually getting along now. Poor guy.

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Were the Mel Gibson tapes we heard last year authentic or not? It matters little from a legal perspective, but could mean plenty for the actor's reputation.

Kent Gibson, a forensic audio expert who examined the infamous 18 recordings from Oksana's computer, says the tapes are authentic - on the machine.

Mel acknowledged the tapes in an interview last week, and admitted they were a low point for him. Just the same, he said the tapes were edited.

Oksana is pissed at Mel for saying the tapes were edited, but he might be correct. The actor could have been referring to the versions that leaked online.

In other words, it's possible the recordings in Oksana's computer are legit but they were later edited at some point before Radar Online obtained them.

Nine are voicemails from Mel and nine are conversations between Mel and Oksana. All took place February 18-20 of last year, most VERY late at night.

Below are some of Gibson's rants. Do they seem edited?

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Violet Kowal, the woman who claims she was Mel Gibson's piece on the side while he was dating Oksana Grigorieva, has nothing but positive things to say.

That's good at least.

Mel's alleged mistress, to whom he was allegedly putting it while still together with Oksana, swears Mel is not only a nice guy, but a very tolerant one.

A Nice MG Pic

"Violent, racist, anti-Semitic? Are you serious? When I was around Mel, he never once made any racist or derogatory comments about anyone," she says.

"The people who are close to him knows better than anyone ... he was very kind to me, my friends and family whom are all from different walks of life."

Regarding the Mel Gibson tapes, Violet is adamant that "[Mel] will recover from this incident and prove that this does not reflect on who he really is."

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In a new interview with Deadline Hollywood, Mel Gibson has finally broken his silence over the infamous tapes of him berating Oksana Grigorieva last year.

While shrugging off criticism, he takes responsibility for his behavior.

Of the Mel Gibson tapes, the troubled actor says this: "It's one terribly awful moment in time, said to one person in the span of one day, and doesn't represent what I truly believe or how I've treated people my entire life."

Angry Former Couple

Mel also stresses to Deadline that "I've never treated anyone badly or in a discriminatory way based on their gender, race, religion or sexuality."

While he says the tapes "have been edited," he doesn't blame people who think he's a bigot "from the garbage they heard on those leaked tapes."

He emphasizes the context of an "irrationally, heated discussion at the height of a breakdown, trying to get out of a really unhealthy relationship."

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Kris Herzog is preparing to release a tell-all book of scandalous details pertaining to Oksana Grigorieva and Mel Gibson.

Who would have guessed that his career as a bodyguard would end with a role in a shocking scandal, one of the biggest celebrity news stories ever.

In Attack Mode!

His official site proclaims that making love to Oksana, the sweet-talking liar who he calls The Sexual Sorceress, was the beginning of the end.

Here's how he got there, chapter by chapter ...

Chapter 1: Young Kristian Herzog grows up on Catalina Island.

Chapter 2: Entering his dad's celebrity bodyguard business.

Chapter 3: Learning the ropes of that bodyguard business.

Chapter 4: Working with Paris, Britney, Lindsay, Kim K., etc.

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Perhaps this explains why Mel Gibson's mug shot painted such a grumpy, serious picture of the man this week. He's preparing for an all-out legal war.

The actor's lawyers will appear in court Monday and ask the judge in his custody battle to award him sole custody of Lucia, according to court papers.

Oksana's Loco

Mel pleaded no contest to battery last week, ending a year-long saga of nasty allegations from Lucia's mother and Gibson's ex, Oksana Grigorieva.

But that was really just the conclusion of the first chapter.

In addition to attempting to take custody away from Oksana, Mel Gibson's lawyers will ask Judge Scott Gordon to award her visitation only with a monitor. 

Gibson, whose no contest plea is NOT an admission of guilt (he denies her allegations), also wants the judge to deny Oksana overnight visits with the baby.

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Mel Gibson's latest mug shot has been released. We didn't expect the guy to be happy after being booked and fingerprinted, but still. Lighten up man!

Just hours after making his way into the El Segundo P.D. to be processed following his no contest plea to battery last week, this booking photo leaked.

Especially compared to Mel's previous effort, it's kinda scary ...

Mel Gibson Mug Shot (2011)

Mel was released right after this mug shot was taken last night.

It's rather nondescript as celebrity mug shots go. Not unlike the resolution to Mel's criminal case, it's a bit anticlimactic. Sadly for him, more drama awaits.

His no contest plea resulted in no jail time and was not a legal admission of guilt. But he is likely to face myriad civil lawsuits from Oksana Grigorieva.

Don't expect him to cave this time around. He will fight them tooth and nail and probably countersue. We just hope he keeps the rage under control.