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Mel Gibson to plead guilty in court

Troubled Hollywood star Mel Gibson, who is embroiled in a domestic violence case filed against him by ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, will plead guilty in a bid to avoid jail.

entertainment Updated: Mar 12, 2011 00:28 IST

Troubled Hollywood star Mel Gibson has worked out a plea deal with Los Angeles prosecutors to avoid jail in the domestic violence case filed against him by ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva.

The 55-year-old actor is expected to appear in court on Friday and plead no contest to simple battery, a lower charge than corporal injury on a spouse which commentators had speculated Gibson would be charged with, reported TMZ.

Gibson has not yet been formally charged with any wrongdoing in relation to his alleged January 6, 2010 row with the Russian singer, the mother of his 1-year-old daughter Lucia.

Following the incident several photos surfaced that appeared to show Grigorieva's injured face.

Several taped conversations reportedly between Gibson and the 40-year-old were also leaked to the media.

Gibson's lawyer said that the actor accepted a plea deal to avoid a prolonged court fight that would be a strain on his family, particularly his children.

"I know from almost 20 years as a criminal defence lawyer that sometimes justice can come for a client at too high a personal price," said the Oscar winning actor's lawyer, Blair Berk.

Mel"That is particularly so for Mel, whose right to due process can only be exercised in this case with an enormous media circus attached. Mel's priority throughout all of this has been that the best interests of his young daughter Lucia and the rest of his children be put first in any decisions made.

"It is with only that in mind that he asked me to approach the District Attorney with a proposal that would bring all of this to an immediate end," said the lawyer.

The District Attorney's Office is said to be furious that Gibson's lawyer made details of the plea deal public in the statement.