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March 12, 2011 | By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times
Mel Gibson walked a gantlet of paparazzi and stood before a courtroom packed with reporters and wired with video cameras streaming online coverage Friday to agree formally to a plea deal in a domestic violence case that has dogged him for nearly a year. The actor pleaded no contest to the charge of misdemeanor battery of his former girlfriend in a deal that allowed him to avoid jail time and, as his lawyer noted when news of the agreement broke, an "enormous media circus" sure to accompany a trial.
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April 19, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Angry Mel Gibson is back - and he just might be angry enough to sue “The Maccabees” screenwriter Joe Ezsterhas for releasing a recording of a rant that went down in December at the actor's Costa Rica home.   Audio and a transcript of the recording, which came out Wednesday via TheWrap, show Gibson flexing a somewhat limited vocabulary - think the F-word used as noun, verb and adjective - at top volume. (Check it out here , if you're prepared for a slew of profanity.) According to TMZ , Team Mel is now looking into the laws of Costa Rica, to see if any were broken, or if the release of the recording violated the actor's privacy rights.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 2011 | By Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles County district attorney's office decided not to charge Mel Gibson's ex-girlfriend with extortion over the objections of the lead investigator, who concluded that a demand by her attorneys for $20 million in exchange for damaging recordings and photos merited prosecution, according to a document reviewed by The Times. In a letter sent Thursday to the prosecutor who declined to file charges, Det. Rodney Wagner of the Sheriff's Department stated his view that the department's six-month investigation turned up evidence of "implied threats" against the actor by Oksana Grigorieva and her lawyers.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 28, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Wednesday: Day 2 of the trial of Michael Jackson's doctor will start with testimony from Jackson's "This Is It" tour producer. ( Los Angeles Times ) Andy Rooney is leaving "60 Minutes" after more than 30 years on the series. ( Los Angeles Times ) Showtime is producing a documentary about Death Row Records co-founder Marion "Suge" Knight Jr. ( Los Angeles Times ) Oksana Grigorieva's son is reportedly getting $100,000 from Mel Gibson.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2011 | By Jack Leonard and Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
Actor Mel Gibson has reached an agreement with prosecutors not to fight a domestic violence charge, according to several people close to the case, capping a yearlong tabloid drama that has badly damaged attempts to resuscitate his movie career. Gibson, once one of Hollywood's top stars, has seen his public image battered by a series of scandals that started with his 2006 drunk driving arrest in which he spewed anti-Semitic insults and continued last year with the release of profanity-laden phone recordings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 2011 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Actor-director Mel Gibson avoided the prying cameras of the paparazzi by going to the El Segundo Police Department at night to be fingerprinted and booked in connection with his misdemeanor battery conviction. Gibson arrived at the station about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and was released a half-hour later. A booking record lists Gibson as 5-feet-10 and 190 pounds. His fingerprinting was required after he pleaded no contest Friday to the misdemeanor, related to a struggle last year with his former girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva.
NEWS
March 12, 2011
Wisconsin unions: In the March 11 LATExtra section, a question and answer box about a bill in the Wisconsin legislature concerning labor rules for government workers said the legislation would limit collective bargaining to base wages, and performance and other supplemental pay. In fact, performance and other supplemental pay, as well as overtime, would not be subject to collective bargaining under the legislation. Derek Fisher: An article in the March 8 Sports section about Lakers guard Derek Fisher and his role as president of the NBA Players Assn.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Angry Mel Gibson is back - and he just might be angry enough to sue “The Maccabees” screenwriter Joe Ezsterhas for releasing a recording of a rant that went down in December at the actor's Costa Rica home.   Audio and a transcript of the recording, which came out Wednesday via TheWrap, show Gibson flexing a somewhat limited vocabulary - think the F-word used as noun, verb and adjective - at top volume. (Check it out here , if you're prepared for a slew of profanity.) According to TMZ , Team Mel is now looking into the laws of Costa Rica, to see if any were broken, or if the release of the recording violated the actor's privacy rights.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 28, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Wednesday: Day 2 of the trial of Michael Jackson's doctor will start with testimony from Jackson's "This Is It" tour producer. ( Los Angeles Times ) Andy Rooney is leaving "60 Minutes" after more than 30 years on the series. ( Los Angeles Times ) Showtime is producing a documentary about Death Row Records co-founder Marion "Suge" Knight Jr. ( Los Angeles Times ) Oksana Grigorieva's son is reportedly getting $100,000 from Mel Gibson.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 2010 | By Andrew Blankstein and Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
A decision about whether to prosecute Mel Gibson over allegations of domestic violence is unlikely to be made until authorities finish their probe of an alleged extortion plot targeting the actor. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has completed an investigation into whether the actor hit ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva and turned over its findings to county prosecutors several weeks ago. Sources have told The Times that prosecutors are reviewing that case but are unlikely to move forward until the Sheriff's Department has finished its investigation into claims that Grigorieva or someone close to her was attempting to extort money from Gibson.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 9, 2011
It appears that Mel Gibson, after making well-publicized sexist and anti-Semitic comments, may be losing his clout with moviegoers. The actor's latest film, "The Beaver," was released in 22 theaters this weekend and flopped. The film grossed $104,000 for a paltry per-theater average of $4,745, according to an estimate from distributor Summit Entertainment. The movie came out after Gibson's stock already had been badly damaged. His reputation, hurt by a drunken anti-Semitic rant in 2006, sank even lower last summer when recordings of telephone conversations surfaced of the actor making abusive remarks to ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva . In Hollywood, it's likely that many will claim "The Beaver's" poor performance means Gibson's acting career is over.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 2011 | By Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles County district attorney's office decided not to charge Mel Gibson's ex-girlfriend with extortion over the objections of the lead investigator, who concluded that a demand by her attorneys for $20 million in exchange for damaging recordings and photos merited prosecution, according to a document reviewed by The Times. In a letter sent Thursday to the prosecutor who declined to file charges, Det. Rodney Wagner of the Sheriff's Department stated his view that the department's six-month investigation turned up evidence of "implied threats" against the actor by Oksana Grigorieva and her lawyers.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 18, 2011 | Rebecca Keegan
There was a moment during the first public screening of her new film, "The Beaver," when Jodie Foster finally felt she could exhale. The drama, starring Mel Gibson as a depressed father who reinvents himself with the help of a furry hand puppet, deals with tough subject matter that is uncomfortably close its star's very public meltdown. After a mostly comic first hour, Gibson's character reveals the depth of his depression and anger by turning his rage against himself. "There's one scene in the movie where it takes this turn and where Mel hits himself, and if people are laughing there, then we're like, 'This is bad. This is not good,' " Foster said in an interview the morning after "The Beaver's" sold-out premiere at the South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival here this week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 2011 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Actor-director Mel Gibson avoided the prying cameras of the paparazzi by going to the El Segundo Police Department at night to be fingerprinted and booked in connection with his misdemeanor battery conviction. Gibson arrived at the station about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and was released a half-hour later. A booking record lists Gibson as 5-feet-10 and 190 pounds. His fingerprinting was required after he pleaded no contest Friday to the misdemeanor, related to a struggle last year with his former girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva.
NEWS
March 12, 2011
Wisconsin unions: In the March 11 LATExtra section, a question and answer box about a bill in the Wisconsin legislature concerning labor rules for government workers said the legislation would limit collective bargaining to base wages, and performance and other supplemental pay. In fact, performance and other supplemental pay, as well as overtime, would not be subject to collective bargaining under the legislation. Derek Fisher: An article in the March 8 Sports section about Lakers guard Derek Fisher and his role as president of the NBA Players Assn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2011 | By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times
Mel Gibson walked a gantlet of paparazzi and stood before a courtroom packed with reporters and wired with video cameras streaming online coverage Friday to agree formally to a plea deal in a domestic violence case that has dogged him for nearly a year. The actor pleaded no contest to the charge of misdemeanor battery of his former girlfriend in a deal that allowed him to avoid jail time and, as his lawyer noted when news of the agreement broke, an "enormous media circus" sure to accompany a trial.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2011 | By Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times
Mel Gibson and his ex-girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva, soon will learn whether they will face criminal charges connected to their ugly break-up. Senior officials in the Los Angeles County district attorney's office are to be briefed next week on the evidence against Grigorieva, the final step in determining whether to prosecute Gibson for domestic violence and his former flame for extortion, a spokeswoman said. Grigorieva has accused Gibson of punching her and threatening her with a gun during an altercation at his Malibu home last year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 2010 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
Budget cuts have slowed the investigation into whether actor Mel Gibson was the victim of an extortion plot, and it's unclear whether the probe by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies will be completed by the end of the year. "We are sifting through all the evidence. We are weeks away from completing the investigation," said Steve Whitmore, a Sheriff's Department spokesman. Whitmore said overtime limits imposed on sheriff's staff because of budget cuts have slowed the process.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2011 | By Jack Leonard and Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
Actor Mel Gibson has reached an agreement with prosecutors not to fight a domestic violence charge, according to several people close to the case, capping a yearlong tabloid drama that has badly damaged attempts to resuscitate his movie career. Gibson, once one of Hollywood's top stars, has seen his public image battered by a series of scandals that started with his 2006 drunk driving arrest in which he spewed anti-Semitic insults and continued last year with the release of profanity-laden phone recordings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2011 | By Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times
Mel Gibson and his ex-girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva, soon will learn whether they will face criminal charges connected to their ugly break-up. Senior officials in the Los Angeles County district attorney's office are to be briefed next week on the evidence against Grigorieva, the final step in determining whether to prosecute Gibson for domestic violence and his former flame for extortion, a spokeswoman said. Grigorieva has accused Gibson of punching her and threatening her with a gun during an altercation at his Malibu home last year.
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