Mel Gibson Sentenced to Counseling, Probation in Battery Case

Oksana Grigorieva and Mel Gibson

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updated 03/11/2011 AT 5:00 PM ET

originally published 03/11/2011 AT 5:35 PM ET

Mel Gibson was sentenced Friday in a Los Angeles courtroom to three years probation, a year-long domestic violence counseling program, community service and various fines in his battery case involving his ex-girlfriend.

A calm-looking Gibson, 55, wearing a navy blue suit, pleaded no contest to one misdemeanor count of domestic violence allegedly committed against Oksana Grigorieva in January 2010. Gibson made no statements other than to acknowledge his plea to the judge and to say that he understood the proceedings.

It was also revealed in court that Gibson is undergoing psychological counseling as part of his plea deal reached with prosecutors. He was also served with a protective order not to “threaten or harass anyone involved in the case.”

By pleading no contest, Gibson “may maintain his innocence and does so now,” his attorney Blair Berk told Judge Stephanie Sautner. “He’s entering his plea because it’s in the best interest of his children.”


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