PHOTOS Mel Gibson arrives for court, pleads no contest, won’t go to jail

Mel Gibson arrives for court March 11 2011

Mel Gibson arrived back in the United States today after being in Guatemala as part of a rain forest conference. He was due in court to face simple battery charges filed by Oksana Grigorieva, to which Mel pleaded no contest.

Mel Gibson arriving for court to face simple battery charges

In these photos Mel is seen arriving at the Los Angeles County Superior Court Airport Courthouse where he was able to maintain his innocence by entering what’s called a “West Plea” and as a result will face no jail time. From TMZ:

He must perform 16 hours of community service with a philanthropic organization, Mending Kids, and undergo 52 weeks of counseling — he’s been seeing a counselor since January but will not get credit for the accrued time.

Beyond that … Mel is required to have only “peaceful contact” with Oksana Grigorieva — it’s the same order he’s under in the family law custody case.

Mel was placed on 36 months informal probation. One of the terms of probation — he cannot use force or violence against anyone.

Mel Gibson arrives at court where he pleaded no contest to assaulting Oksana Grigorieva

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