Mel Gibson surrenders to police as “Beaver” premieres

By Sean O’Connell While his latest performance was earning applause in Austin, “The Beaver” star Mel Gibson was turning himself in to California police.

Access Hollywood reports that Gibson was booked around 9:30 p.m., by members of the El Segundo Police Department. His bail was set at $20,000.

Gibson “pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor battery on a spouse or cohabitant last week,” and was “sentenced to 52 weeks of counseling in a domestic violence program,” Access Hollywood states.

This odd turn of events contributes to “Beaver” director Jodie Foster’s comments after the film’s world premiere at SXSW, where she discussed outside circumstances that led to the delay of her movie’s release. But the director was very quick to defend Gibson’s inclusion in “The Beaver,” saying she couldn’t imagine the film without his performance.

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