Gibson’s lawyer has last-chance meeting with prosecutors over assault charges

Last Updated: Jan 19, 2011, 15:13 PM IST

Washington: Even as actor Mel Gibson looks set to be charged for hitting his ex Oksana Grigorieva, his lawyer was allowed a last-chance meeting with prosecutors to persuade them not to do so.

Gibson’s high-powered criminal lawyer Blair Berk was allowed by the Los Angeles District Attorney to have a two-hour meeting with Deputy District Attorney John Lynch at the Airport Courthouse.

But law enforcement sources connected to the case had said before the meeting that it was almost inevitable that Gibson, 55, would be charged.

The sources said a charge of domestic violence/corporal injury involving a former cohabitant is looming for the Oscar-winning actor/director, and it can be prosecuted as a felony or misdemeanour.

If convicted of a felony, the ‘Lethal Weapon’ star could face up to four years in state prison; if convicted of a misdemeanour, he could face up to one year in county jail.

While Berk made her bid, multiple sources, all with intimate knowledge of the situation, said the District Attorney had made its stunning decision in the last few days to prosecute the award-winning movie star.

Lynch along with his associate Simone Shay met with the District Attorney’s top brass several weeks ago to present the evidence they believe could convict Gibson.

“Blair is aware that the District Attorney is inclined to file charges against Mel,” Radar Online quoted one source as saying.

“The District Attorney has a very strong case, there is a lot of information that the public and Mel Gibson are unaware that the DA has,” the source stated.

ANI