Guess what, folks? Just a couple hours before Mel Gibson is due to appear in court to accept a plea bargain in his lengthy domestic violence case, the district attorney is putting the final touches on their deal.
And by final touches, we mean they've only just gotten around to formally charging Mel with one count of misdemeanor battery for an altercation wtih estranged baby mama Oksana Grigorieva
According to the complaint filed this morning, the battery was committed on Jan. 6, 2010, when Gibson "did willfully and unlawfully use force and violence" against the Russian musician—while, lest we forget, she was holding their daughter, Lucia.
Gibson is due in Los Angeles Superior Court at 1:30 p.m. PT (from which we'll be streaming live all afternoon!) to answer to the charges and, per the deal struck earlier this week with prosecutors, is expected to plead no contest in exchange for avoiding serving any time in jail. Instead, he'll likely face some combination of counseling, community service and fines.
But what about Oksana, who was concurrently being investigated by officials for allegedly extorting Gibson? Turns out, she's totally in the clear.
Despite Mel's insistence that Grigorieva was attempting to criminally swindle $15 million from him in exchange for keeping those infamous voicemails private, the district attorney's office today declined to press any charges against the singer.
Guess this just isn't Mel's day.