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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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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.

Mel: Troubled Fella

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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Coinciding with Mel Gibson pleading no contest to battery, the case against the mother of his child (and his domestic abuse accuser) is also ending.

The extortion investigation of Oksana Grigorieva has been officially rejected by the Los Angeles County D.A.'s Office, according to Radar Online.

The battery charge against Mel will officially be filed on Friday, at which point Mel will plead no contest and be sentenced. He will not go to jail.

Perky Oksana

Looks like Oksana will skate. [Photo: Pacific Coast News]

The D.A.'s office will announce that the extortion case was rejected at this time, as there wasn't enough evidence to prove that a crime occurred.

"Oksana could speak at Mel's hearing Friday. She could make a victim's impact statement, but at this point, it doesn't seem likely," a source says.

Gibson will appear Friday at the Airport Courthouse in front of Judge Stephanie Sautner to receive the relatively light sentence he plea bargained.

His camp claimed Oksana tried to extort him with the Mel Gibson tapes. The investigation snapped months, but charges will now be thrown out.

What do you think? Was justice served in the case?

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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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Mel Gibson will likely face domestic violence charges stemming from an alleged attack on Oksana Grigorieva, while she will not be charged with extortion.

That's according to a TMZ report that is careful to note that this decision has not officially been reached. However, it looks like the D.A. is leaning this way.

Officials feel there's enough evidence to prosecute the actor, but not to prove beyond a doubt that Oksana tried to extort him using the Mel Gibson tapes.

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The turning point for the D.A., sources say, is that prior to being accused of violence, Mel admitted slapping Oksana in the couple's family law/custody case.

He says he did this without brute force, but to make her come to her senses, as she was shaking baby Lucia wildly and he feared Shaken Baby Syndrome.

The likely charge against Mel is misdemeanor domestic violence, not a felony. That carries a max of six months in jail which he almost surely wouldn't get.

The extortion investigation is less clear-cut. Sheriff's investigators believe there is evidence to prosecute Oksana Grigorieva, but the D.A. doesn't agree.

A decision is expected in the next two weeks, possibly this week.

 

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Oksana Grigorieva's ex-bodyguard Kristian Herzog has had some rough things to say about Mel Gibson in the past ... like how Mel wanted him dead.

Now, though, the guy who likely knows the most about Oksana's claims against Mel says she's exaggerating or downright lying about violence.

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Herzog, who served as her bodyguard until recently, and who may or may not have nailed Oksana, says she admitted to him Mel never punched her.

Oksana is a manipulative liar trying to bilk Mel, says Kristian.

Rather, Herzog says Oksana told him Mel slapped her. That's it. Gibson admits slapping Oksana, claiming he was trying to protect daughter Lucia.

Herzog, who's been subpoenaed by Mel's lawyers in the couple's custody fight, also says she had a motive for secretly recording Mel Gibson rants.

That motive, simply, was "to pressure Mel to pay her money."

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Mel Gibson apparently admitted "slapping" Oksana Grigorieva in a sworn court declaration, but his account of their blowout fight is very different than hers.

According to the declaration obtained by TMZ, Mel admits slapping - not hitting - Oksana after she became so hysterical that she was endangering their baby.

In the January 6 fight that sparked a domestic violence investigation, Oksana claims Mel punched her in the temple and the mouth, knocking out two teeth.

But Mel tells a very different story.

Not Okay Oksana

Mel says he and Oksana were arguing at his home when Oksana grabbed Lucia out her of bassinet, brought her right in the middle of the argument, screaming, "Stop yelling or you will make her into a retarded brain damaged idiot!"

Oksana then "spun around," according to Mel, and ran out into the backyard, which the actor says is dangerous at night, set on different levels and dimly lit. Oksana ran across the various levels for about 75 yards, near thorny trees.

Mel says he implored Oksana to bring Lucia back inside, which she did, but "while jerking her body from side to side to keep Lucia out of my reach."

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While the police continue to investigate Oksana Grigorieva and Mel Gibson, the former is suing the actor for battery, defamation and emotional distress.

With the aid of her new litigators, Martin Garbus and Daniel Horowitz, Oksana will file a lawsuit against Mel, the father of her child, for all of the above.

Garbus and Horowitz will serve her reps in connection with the domestic violence investigation against Gibson and the extortion probe against Oksana.

SMOKED: Oksana is taking it to Mel in court.

They attorneys will also represent Oksana in her music career. Specifically, they will argue that Gibson is unlawfully blocking the release of her music.

As for the civil battery case against Gibson, who Oksana says hit her in the face and threatened her life, sources say the plan is to file it by year's end.

It's been a rough couple of months for Mel, who Oksana recorded going nuclear in various rants, and who is also accused of dalliances with whores.

Violet Kowal also says she has tapes of her own to prove that she was railing Mel while Oksana was pregnant. The scandals just keep piling up ...

 

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The father of Oksana Grigorieva has doused the flammable situation between his daughter and Mel Gibson with a giant vat of gasoline.

An already contentious feud - the latest in a very long line of offenses, accusations and legal claims finds Oksana asking for a lot more child support from Mel - has now grown uglier, as Petr Chernukha says the actor often frequented prostitutes while dating his daughter, and also hit the singer's 12-year old son.

Mel Lays Low

Mel Gibson can't hide from his demons or the allegations surrounding them, the latest of which center around hooker infidelity.

"[Friends] brought prostitutes for Mel to his office and even to their house when Oksana was away," Chernukha tells The Sun. "Mel was openly jealous of Oksana's attention to her son. He hated Alexander and even hit him once. After that Oksana did her best to avoid them being together."

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Just when you think there can't possibly be any more Mel Gibson rants, he apparently left a bunch of voicemails for Oksana Grigorieva as well.

The contents are pretty much consistent with his previous tirades, which were all conversations with his ex-girlfriend that she secretly recorded.

These ones? All Mel.

The phone calls were made, along with the previously-released tapes, on February 18, when their relationship ended, spilling over into the next day.

The couple shares an eight-month-old daughter, Lucia, and are currently at war over custody of the little girl - and over whether he abused Oksana.

Mel Gibson is still under investigation for assaulting Oksana Grigorieva and Lucia on January 6. Police are also investigating Oksana for extorting Mel.

We'll get to the audio shortly, but here are some excerpts:

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February 18, 10:27 p.m.: "Arghhh. Arghhhhhh. Arghhhhh. Argh. Argh. I called."

February 19, 12:04 a.m.: "If you want to call me back, I think we should discuss the terms of separation, don’t you? Don’t you think? Yes? Yes, let’s do it. I won’t smoke either, just to f*%k with you. I want to really badly."

February 19, 2.29 a.m.: "Whore. Answer the f*%king phone. F*%king bitch."

February 19, 2:31 a.m. (in reference to a ceremony in which Lucia's placenta was buried in the ground with a tree): "You were a sour faced bitch today. Do you think it was tricky to get that f*%king tree in the hole, the placenta and organize that $h!t?"

"Do you know how much f*%king time and money went into that? Did you thank me? Did you even have a f*%king smile on your face? F*%k no ... Everything about you stinks and I am seeing it real, loud and clear. F*%k yeah. F*%k yeah!"

February 19, 3:06 a.m.: "You are f*%king disloyal and f*%king weak. You’re f*%king blind. F*%king thankless. Such a f*%king slut. F*%k you. F*%k you. Don’t ever sleep again. Don’t sleep as long as I don’t sleep. Don’t sleep. F*%king get sick."

"You f*%king ordinary c**t. You are just f*%king ordinary. That goes for the talent too - it’s ordinary. It’s pretty f*%king common. I’d like to see you play a concert sometime. You make mistakes all over with live performances. You can’t do it."

That's cleaned up, too. Follow the jump to listen to Mel Gibson's voicemails, which are extremely vulgar even by his lofty standards ...

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