Mel Gibson fulfilling sentencing orders in ex-girlfriend battery case

LOS ANGELES

Gibson was not required to be in court. His lawyer Blair Berk presented proof that Gibson has paid his fines, completed his court-ordered community service and is undergoing a year-long course in anger management and domestic violence counseling.

Gibson's lawyer said the actor has competed 12 therapy sessions so far and is attending on a weekly basis as directed by the court. He needs to complete the 52-week program by March 30, 2012.

As for his community service, Gibson served his required 16 hours with Mending Kids International, a group that provides surgical care to children in developing countries.

In a letter filed in court, Marchelle Sellers, the executive director of Mending Kids International, said Gibson helped plan a neurosurgical mission to Guatemala.

Sellers also added that Gibson went above and beyond his court-mandated hours, spending more than 46 hours of his own time helping with the Guatemala project and visiting children in hospitals.

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