Mel Gibson pleaded no contest to misdemeanor battery Friday in his domestic violence case involving ex Oksana Grigorieva (he was formally charged by the L.A. County District Attorney Friday morning) .
He will avoid jail.
According to 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.
He also was placed on 36 months informal probation. One of the terms of probation -- he cannot use force or violence against anyone.
Grigorieva alleged that Gibson punched her in the head and face several times at the actor's Malibu home in January 2010. He later confessed only to slapping her to restrain her from shaking their baby while they were arguing.
Meanwhile, Grigorieva, whom Gibson had claimed tried to extort him for millions, will not be charged with extortion.