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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.

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"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.

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Troubled star Mel Gibson turned himself into the El Segundo, Calif., Police Department to have his mug shot taken and fingerprints collected Wednesday night.

This was a mere formality.

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As part of his conviction for misdemeanor battery, in connection with Gibson's alleged January 2010 attack on Oksana Grigorieva, Mel had to be processed.

Mel was stoic in court last week.

Mel's no contest plea got him off with no jail time, although a festering legal war with Oksana will likely escalate over time for a number of reasons.

The criminal case against Gibson is closed, however. Judge Stephanie Sautner gave Mel a week from his sentencing Friday to go to a police station.

Mel went to the El Segundo PD last night at 9:30 PM PT. The information he gave includes his age, 55, his weight, 190 lbs, and his height, 5'10". 

So far, no new additions to our celebrity mug shots gallery have been released, but you'll see them as soon as we have any (they may not leak).

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If would appear that Mel Gibson's no contest plea to battery did not satiate Oksana Grigorieva's unrequited thirst for CA$H justice even a little bit.

Lawyers for Mel's baby mama are going after Gibson in their ongoing custody fight / family law case, asking for a hearing on whether Mel hit her.

Specifically, Oksana Grigorieva wants the court to ...

  • An order awarding Oksana sole custody of their daughter, Lucia, 1.
  • An order forcing a shrink to determine Mel's mental state (seriously).
  • A hearing to determine if Mel hit Oksana (a no contest plea isn't an admission of guilt, and he has denied the allegations of domestic abuse).

Oksana's team believes that Judge Scott Gordon may have been influenced by Mel's assertions that Oksana committed extortion with the infamous tapes.

That case has been dropped. Whether it results in an instant upgrade in custody status for her is another story, but this is destined to get even uglier.

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Despite Mel Gibson's no contest plea to battery last week, Oksana Grigorieva plans to file a lawsuit alleging battery, emotional distress and defamation.

Sources close to Gibson say he will wage legal war if Oksana does so. Forget settling out of court ... it is ON like legal Donkey Kong this time around.

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The actor will "gladly" file his own lawsuit against the woman he says put a $15 million price on the Mel Gibson tapes in return for keeping quiet.

It could be just beginning for Mel and Oksana ...

Oksana's lawyer, Daniel Horowitz, said "our position hasn't changed" regarding Mel's no contest plea and her plans to sue for myriad damages.

This looming lawsuit likely played a huge role in Mel's no contest plea on misdemeanor battery charges, for which he will serve no jail time.

Pleading no contest subjected him to similar sentencing as a plea of guilty, but there was no admission of guilt that will bolster her claims.

Basically, he denied her account before, he's likely to keep denying it now, and Daniel Horowitz and Blair Berk are going to bill a lot of hours.

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The L.A. County District Attorney filed a single misdemeanor battery charge against Mel Gibson today. The actor, as expected, pleaded no contest.

The misdemeanor specifically targets someone who cohabits or has a child with the alleged victim, but is less severe than felony domestic abuse.

Mel will not receive jail time for the alleged attack on Oksana Grigorieva, but will continue to undergo counseling and be on 36 months' probation.

One of the terms of probation - he cannot use violence against anyone. Mel may continue to have "peaceful contact" with Oksana going forward.

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The nearly year-long Mel Gibson saga has come to an end.

A no-contest plea, while not technically a guilty plea, has the same immediate effect as a guilty plea, and is often offered as a part of a plea deal.

That's what happened today. While Mel felt he could win the case in court and be completely exonerated, this was his quickest means to an end.

Gibson also must perform court-ordered community service at a charity organization, and he elected to do so at Mending Kids International.

The group provides life-changing surgical care to children in need. None other than Mel's estranged wife Robyn Gibson serves as President.

Meanwhile, Oksana Grigorieva will NOT be charged with felony extortion in the concurrent investigation by the L.A. County District Attorney.

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Confirming earlier reports, Mel Gibson will in fact be charged with domestic violence, stemming from an alleged attack on Oksana Grigorieva in early 2010.

He will also plead no contest Friday and avoid jail time.

According to TMZ, Mel will appear in court and enter a plea on the charge of simple battery - a lesser charge than corporal injury on a spouse.

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NO CONTEST: Mel will be convicted, but on a lesser charge.

Mel was emotionally torn over the impending criminal charge. He denies Oksana's claims and believed he could win, but feared for his family.

After depositions, huge legal bills, the humiliation of the Mel Gibson tapes and non-stop scrutiny, he sought compromise and a swift resolution.

The pair's protracted court battle has taken a major toll on him and he didn't want to subject his family to more of the same. So he cut a deal.

Under the plea, he will undergo counseling but not spend any time behind bars. Gibson's lawyer, Blair Berk, released the following statement:

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