By Jeff Labrecque
Updated March 09, 2011 at 06:00 PM EST

Mel Gibson will avoid jail time after agreeing to plead no contest to simple battery against Oksana Grigorieva, according to TMZ. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office declined to comment, but Gibson’s rep confirmed that the agreement will keep Gibson from serving time. Gibson’s attorney, Blair Berk, gave a statement, saying, “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.”

Read more:

Mel Gibson’s domestic violence review ongoing, says DA

Mel Gibson center of domestic violence investigation

Mel Gibson domestic violence case goes to prosecutors

Mel Gibson in minor car accident

Sixth purported Mel Gibson tape surfaces

Owen Gleiberman: Mel Gibson and the tale of the tape

Lisa Schwarzbaum: Mel Gibson: Despicable he, but will his behavior keep you from buying a ticket to his movies?

Third Mel Gibson tape surfaces online

Second threatening Mel Gibson tape emerges online

Mel Gibson’s agency drops him as a client