Mel Gibson has avoided a spell in jail after agreeing to a plea deal following his drink driving arrest at the end of last month (JUL06). In court in Malibu, California this morning (17AUG06), the movie star's lawyer confirmed he had thrashed out a deal with prosecutors, which will place Gibson on probation for three years. Under the terms of the deal, Gibson will attend a full year of Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. He has also been fined $1,200 (GBP666). Gibson has also volunteered to record a public service announcement on the hazards of driving while drunk and to enter a rehabilitation facility immediately, according to website It was understood that Gibson had checked himself into such a facility after his arrest, but US tabloids report the actor has been a recluse at his home in California since the incident hit the headlines. Gibson has pleaded no contest to driving with a .08 blood alcohol level or higher. The count of driving under the influence was dismissed, as was a charge of driving with an open container of alcohol. The plea deal was officiated by judge LAURENCE MIRA, who has passed sentence on a number of lawbreaking celebrities like Nick Nolte, Nicole Richie and Gibson's pal Robert Downey Jr. Gibson was arrested on 28 July (06) after leaving Malibu bar Moonshadows. His arrest prompted outrage from Jewish community leaders after the actor's drunken, anti-Semitic rant was made public.