Mel Gibson Gets Probation for Domestic Violence

mel-gibsonMel Gibson has escaped jail term for hitting former girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva after he pleaded no contest to a domestic violence charge.

Gibson, 55, was given a three-year probation and was ordered to undergo counseling for one year. The Oscar-winning director of “Braveheart ” will also render community service for 16 hours and pay the costs of the litigation that started last year. According to his lawyer, Blair Berk, Gibson entered the no-contest plea to end the hostile battle, which has also spawned a still-to-be-decided bitter custody battle for theirĀ  1-and-a-half year old child, Lucia.

Meanwhile, Los Angeles prosecutors said that they will not file a case against Grigorieva for allegedly trying to extort money from Gibson when she released purported tape recordings of the “Lethal Weapon” star’s profanity laden rants during their fights. In his plea, Gibson admitted to hitting Grigorieva with an open hand, but only because he was trying to protect their daughter. Grigorieva previously said in her complaint that Gibson punched her and broke her tooth during their infamous January 6, 2010 fight.