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No extortion charges to be brought against Mel Gibson's girlfriend

Prosecutors announced on Friday that they would not be bringing charges of extortion against Mel Gibson's ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva. Gibson had counter-accused Grigorieva of extortion after she accused him of assault and domestic violence. Prosecutors said that investigators did not find sufficient evidence to warrant extortion charges.

Grigorieva accused Gibson last summer of domestic violence in a January 2010 incident. The accusation came amidst the ex-couple's contentious custody battle for their infant daughter. Soon after the accusations became public, recordings secretly made by Grigorieva of Gibson ranting at her over the phone made their way online. Gibson accused Grigorieva of using the tapes to blackmail him in order to secure a better custody arrangement and alimony.

On Friday, Gibson pleaded no contest to a charge of misdemeanor spousal battery. The plea was a deal Gibson made with prosecutors in order to put an end to the case. He said that he was thinking of the best interests of his children when he made the deal. His plea does not include an admission of guilt and Grigorieva cannot use the plea against him if she files a lawsuit.

The plea deal says that, in exchange for Gibson's plea of no contest, he will spend three years on probation. He will also undergo a year of domestic violence counseling and must perform 16 hours of community service.


Mel Gibson pleads no contest to battery charge (The Houston Chronicle)

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