Mel Gibson to enter plea deal on spousal assault allegations

Oksana Grigorieva said that Mel Gibson assaulted her back in January 2010. Was that allegation true?

It’s just been reported that Gibson has reached a plea agreement, which should ensure that the actor will avoid going to jail.

You might be thinking that the allegation is obviously true. Otherwise, why would Gibson agree to a plea deal. Right?

Maybe. Maybe not.

Gibson’s lawyer, Blair Berk, said that Gibson had his children in mind when he sought out the agreement. According to Berk:

“I know from almost 20 years as a criminal defense lawyer that sometimes justice can come for a client at too high a personal price. That is particularly so for Mel, whose right to due process can only be exercised in this case with an enormous media circus attached.”

In other words, Gibson might be entering a plea deal not because he assaulted Grigorieva, but because he wants to avoid having his personal life put under a microscope (again) and exposing his children to further unpleasantness.

Understandable? I think so.

I don’t know what happened between these two. Domestic situations are messy.

Mel Gibson rants, and comes off like a crazy person. Some people who see these rants say: “It’s obvious that he’s the kind of person who would assault her.”

Grigorieva is being investigated for extortion (in relation to Gibson). Some people who hear this say: “If she’s willing to attempt extortion, she’s willing to lie about him assaulting her.”

He says one thing, she says another. Who’s telling the truth? Gibson? Grigorieva? Both? Neither?

Whether Gibson assault her or not, he had a lot to lose by taking this matter to trial. Even if he won.

But what would you do? If you were charged with something that you didn’t do (like spousal assault), would you fight it all the way?

Or would you accept a plea deal to avoid the possible negative consequences (like bad publicity), even if you were eventually found innocent?

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