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Sheriff

Will Investigate Extortion Claim Against Oksana

7/21/2010 1:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned ... the L.A. County Sheriff's Department will investigate allegations that Oksana Grigorieva attempted to extort money from Mel Gibson ... in return for keeping the tapes secret.

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Sheriff's spokesperson Steve Whitmore tells TMZ, "Extortion allegations have been brought to our attention and we are certainly going to be looking at that."

TMZ broke the story ... Gibson's attorney, Blair Berk, made a formal presentation to Sheriff's deputies yesterday, alleging she and her team have evidence of extortion and that Oksana lied to authorities about various claims.

Sources connected with Gibson have told TMZ they have "hard proof" of extortion.

Sources say deputies will also be investigating the allegations that Oksana made false claims.

Oksana's rep was not available for comment.

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dkm909    

The fact that she illegally made those tapes in the first place should tell you that she was up to no good.

1465 days ago
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Allie    

walls are closing in on the russian whore

1465 days ago
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Richie    

thats clearly a baby pimple......I seen many if you need to zoom in on a close up picture it really isnt damage an adult in a mad rage is doing doesnt common sense strike any of the all out oksana supporters?? I mean blindly support something but this is just dumb! I really really hope some real truth gets proven soon.

1465 days ago
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DIMO    

CLEAN UP YOUR SITE...............IT'S REALLY PITIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1465 days ago
20.

Allie    

TMZ needs to take Mel's audio and make a "call Octosana" names game. There's certainly enough...er.... cough... words to choose from. :)

1465 days ago
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Allie    

what's pitiful? there's nothing on here that Mel hasn't called the russian skank, already.

1465 days ago
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djdeej94    

Russian COLD WAR has started all over again because of Oinksana. Can't stand her. The worlds known Mel Gibson for decades. Yes he's got his demons & is no saint obviously, but if his exwife is standing up for him - among everyone who's known him - there is a reason. He's guilty for being an ass & losing his temper but pahlease.. the only money that gets given is to their child... and for once, can men start usijg CONDOMS so we can read more interesting news... she's a bitch and we all know it

1465 days ago
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StarryStarryNight    

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what's next? The baby had cradle cap and it will be blamed on some sort of abuse ... this woman is nuts!

Posted at 9:29 AM on Jul 21, 2010 by Shell

LOL! A baby drool zit and cradle cap are sure signs of abuse.

1465 days ago
24.

Enough    

Better late than never. She's nothing but a walking accusation with tits.

1465 days ago
25.

StarryStarryNight    

Oink$ana, OctoSana, Okskanka, OxSkank, OinkSkank...we should have a poll...

1465 days ago
26.

sharon    

She must be wishing now she'd just took the money and run!!!!!!..LOL

1465 days ago
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Paula Schultze    

What a mess! She will be in serious trouble if they have proof she tried to extort money for the tapes, and then made them public after a court order to keep them confidential. I feel sorry for the children in this situation. Having their photos splashed around the world and allegations of her son being thrown around, etc. The poor kid is 12 years old! Did it ever occur to his parents that perhaps this entire sordid mess could affect him for the rest of his life? Selfish, self-centered weirdo of a mother! What a way to get your name in the news!

1465 days ago
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Saira    

Though I don't know what "hard evidence" they may have, it would be ridiculous if she's convicted & Mel walks away clean. He is guilty by his own admission of hitting her without provocation. The tapes should be fair game simply because she feared for her & the children's safety & it would've been impossible to prove his guilt otherwise. He threatened to kill her numerous times, which should dismiss any illegal activity (at least re: the tapes; not extortion) on her part.

1465 days ago
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Sybil    

TMZ - clean up this site. Some idiot is using it for a political forum and posting his crap over and over again. Ugh! Add a button to our posts so we can report this weasal.

1465 days ago
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Sybil    

Listening to the tapes clearly shows that her responses were scripted and inserted into his side of the conversation. She is a gold digger and if she was authentic why hasn't her ex - Timothy Dalton, come to her defense like Mel's ex has? And how do we know that Mel wasn't rehearsing for a movie?

1465 days ago
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