Mel Gibson booked in LA in connection to battery case, released on bail
Mel Gibson was booked in connection to a criminal battery case Wednesday night and released shortly afterwards, according to Los Angeles police.
Gibson faces charges of misdemeanor battery against his ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva from a January 2010 confrontation.
The 55-year-old actor turned himself in at the El Segundo Police Department at 9:31 p.m. PT. He was released on $20,000 bail.
Last Friday, a Los Angeles court accepted Gibson's plea bargain on the charges.
The actor was sentenced to informal probation for 36 months, 16 hours of community service with Mending Kids International, a 53-week domestic violence program, continued mental health counseling and a $400 domestic violence fine. If he violates his probation, Gibson could face up to a year in prison.
Gibson's lawyer made it clear that the actor was not admitting guilt but was "entering into plea because it's in the best interest of his children."
Grigorieva, a 40-year-old Russian musician, gave birth to Gibson's daughter, Lucia, in October 2009. They broke up in April 2010. The following summer, she accused him of punching her in the face the previous January at his Los Angeles home.
A recorded racist, sexist and explicit rant Gibson is said to have made against Grigorieva over the phone was then released. He has not confirmed it is his voice on the recordings, which were posted on the website RadarOnline.
Gibson has denied he punched her and said in court documents filed in June 2010 that he slapped Grigorieva during the confrontation in a bid to protect their baby, who she was holding in her arms at the time.