Mel Gibson carries out community service in Guatemala (Photo)
Mel Gibson recently completed the community service part of a sentence given after he pleaded no contest in March to charges of misdemeanor battery against his ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva.
The actor was sentenced in March 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, Blair Berk, filed proof of payment of fines as well as proof of enrollment and completion of his court-ordered 16 hours of community service with Mending Kids International in court on Thursday, June 9.
The 55-year-old actor's lawyer also filed two letters from Gibson's personal doctor with whom he's doing psychological, anger management and domestic violence counseling. He has completed 12 sessions to date, attending weekly therapy sessions as directed by the court Gibson needs to complete the 52-week program by March 30, 2012.
According to a letter from Mending Kids international, Gibson was assigned the planning and preparation for their neurosurgical mission to Guatemala.
The letter goes on to state: "From March 20, 2011 through March 28, 2011 Mr. Gibson participated in 10 hours of work, which included logistical preparation for the trip and specifically targeted the organization of humanitarian supplies for the specific trip. The efforts of Mr. Gibson and the rest of the team were detailed and intense."
On June 6, Gibson "undertook an additional 46 hours of community service, working long days undertaking the following work: loading and unloading supplies, delivering blankets, clothing, diapers and toys to dozens of children and young adults with physical and mental disabilities, participation in the clinic for spina bifida and neurological birth defects in Guatemala City," according to the letter.
At the time the actor accepted the plea bargain in March, 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, who is also the mother of their baby daughter Lucia, waived her right to appear in court.
The former couple is still engaged in an ongoing custody battle over their infant daughter.
Grigorieva, 40, dropped a domestic violence claim in early May she had submitted against the 54-year-old actor. Both the claim and the battery charge stem from a January 2010 confrontation between the two.
The following summer, recordings of telephone conversations between them, which referenced the event and included racist and explicit rants made by Gibson, were posted on the RadarOnline website and made international headlines. Police reviewed the tapes before they filed charges against Gibson.
Grigorieva and Gibson are believed to have broken up around April 2010 after being linked together for about a year. She had dropped her domestic violence claim because she wanted to extend an olive branch to Gibson, her other attorney, Ron Litz told OnTheRedCarpet.com in May.
Meanwhile, he is trying to revive his film career. His latest movie, "The Beaver," flopped at the box office.