Actor Mel Gibson has reportedly taken a plea deal in his criminal case against Oksana Grigorieva.
Oksana Grigorieva was planning to have her 13 year-old son, Alexander “Sasha” Dalton, to testify as her star witness. Alexander is Oksana’s son from her relationship with actor Timothy Dalton.
“One major reason why this case was being brought against Mel Gibson, more than a year after the alleged incident took place, is because Sasha was made available to testify at a potential criminal trial against Mel,” a source revealed.
“Sasha’s involvement and cooperation in the case was absolutely essential, and because he is a minor, both of his parents had to agree to let him participate, and that took some time to make happen.”
“Even though Mel believed he could win the case, he struck the deal to protect his loved ones,” TMZ reported.
Mel’s lawyer, Blair Berk, released this statement:
“I know from almost 20 years as a criminal defense lawyer that sometimes justice can come for a client at too high a personal price. That is particularly so for Mel, whose right to due process can only be exercised in this case with an enormous media circus attached.
Mel’s priority throughout all of this has been that the best interests of his young daughter Lucia and the rest of his children be put first in any decisions made. It is with only that in mind that he asked me to approach the District Attorney with a proposal that would bring all of this to an immediate end.”
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