Mel Gibson Makes Plea Deal in Battery Case

The Associated Press is reporting that Mel Gibson will appear in a Los Angeles court to cop to a misdemeanor battery charge stemming from a fight last year with his then-girlfriend. The agreement should keep the Oscar winner from serving jail time, which good news for Summit Entertainment: The distributor is handling his next film, The Beaver, which premieres March 16 at the South By Southwest Film Festival ahead of a limited U.S. release May 6 and wide release May 20. (The Jodie Foster-directed movie already had been shifted from an originally planned March 23 bow.)

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