EL SEGUNDO (CBS) — Mel Gibson went to the El Segundo Police Department Wednesday night for finger printing and booking paperwork connected to a misdemeanor battery charge.

The actor/director arrived at the station with his lawyer, Blair Berk, about 9:30 p.m. and was released at 10 p.m., Sgt. Dean Howard of El Segundo Police Department said.

Gibson pleaded no contest to a battery charge stemming from a 2010 run-in with ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva on Friday. He was sentenced to three years probation, ordered to complete a one-year domestic-violence counseling program, as well as separate mental health counseling.

Judge Stephanie Sautner also directed him to complete 16 hours of community service with Mending Kids International, which provides surgical care to children. Gibson’s estranged wife is on the nonprofit group’s board of directors. The actor must pay $570 in fines and court costs.

A three-year protective order was issued to keep Gibson away from Grigorieva.

“I have a good grasp of everything my attorney has discussed with me,” Gibson told Sautner when asked if he understood his plea.

The actor and his attorney stressed during the court hearing that Gibson entered the plea to resolve the case for his young daughter, Lucia, but he was not admitting guilt.

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Comments (7)
  1. jayn collins says:

    hey everyone makes mistakes. He obviously made one with this woman he married and is trying to recover for the sake of his child. People should mind their own business and leave him alone to do this.

    1. ladybug says:

      He was not married to her, get the facts right

  2. ninja noname says:

    I don’t know what to believe, but I hope he can straighten out his life or get help if he needs it and return to his career.

  3. TT says:

    i agree- without being specific – everybody has a boiling point – it doesnt matter who you are……but counseling is always good … no matter how you end up getting it ….Everybody needs someone to talk to at any given point in their life….Good Luck Mel – hope all is well with you and yours….

  4. ILLEGALS says:

    Great thing Mel’s NOT married to her & NO kids. Imagine the Child support & alimony he has to pay if he was???? Just take a look at the rest of the celebrity divorces such as Charlie Sheen’s, $55,000 in child support just for ONE of his ex-wife. WoW!!

  5. ILLEGALS says:

    Correction, that’s $55,000 per month in Child support just for ONE of his ex-wifey. That’s $55,000/month!!

    Speaking of Charlie Sheen, did the Cops ever found out why 3 of Sheen’s Mercedes Benz went over the side of the cliff????? They should bust him for DUI.

  6. Lenny says:

    I left my wallet in El Segundo!

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