Mel Gibson has been charged with a misdemeanor battery.
The actor, filmmaker and Academy Award-winner was charged Friday in the incident involving ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, who is the mother of his youngest child.
His arraignment is scheduled later Friday. A misdemeanour is a lesser charge than a felony.
The altercation between Gibson, 55, and musician Grigorieva took place at his home in Malibu, California back in January 2010. The recordings of Gibson calling Grigorieva names were posted online creating a huge scandal.
The Associated Press quoted a source familiar with the case as saying Gibson would accept a plea agreement to resolve it.
Gibson is not expected to serve any jail time.
His attorney Blair Berk said in a previous statement that Gibson pursued a plea agreement with his children in mind.
Gibson’s lawyer Blair Berk said in a statement released earlier this week: “Mel’s priority throughout all of this has been that the best interests of his young daughter Lucia and the rest of his children be put first in any decisions made.
“It is with only that in mind that he asked me to approach the district attorney with a proposal that would bring all of this to an immediate end.”