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Oksana Grigorieva's Publicist Jumps Ship

7/28/2010 10:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Oksana Grigorieva's spokesperson is tapping out of her war with Mel Gibson -- and TMZ has learned money played a big role in his departure.

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Depending on who you talk to, Steve Jaffe either quit or was fired from his post as Oksana's PR flack.

We're told there was definitely a money issue -- as in Oksana doesn't have any to pay for Jaffe's services.

Sources close to Oksana say she was not happy with the job Jaffe was doing.  We're told Oksana was especially disappointed with how Jaffe handled the extortion allegations Gibson has made against her.

UPDATE: Jaffe wants to make it clear he was not the dumpee saying, "I've never been fired in the 35 years that I have done this." He confirmed that Oksana is short on funds, but says that was not the reason he quit.

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JusttheFacts    

"Oksana Grigorieva's Publicist Jumps Ship"

Steve Jaffe is a smart man.

He suddenly recognized Oksana Grigorieva for what she is:

http://bit.ly/cthDou

1549 days ago
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waka    

#260...... sayonara

Great post!!!

1549 days ago
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berty    

Everyone has had emotional arguments and said stupid things at times in their life, and no one can be defined by a stupid argument where they lost their marbles temporarily. There is something deeply wrong with the whole notion of celebrity. I think celebrities know it. They know that being larger than life is a big illusion-- the glamour is just the smoke and mirrors that are just the tools of the "biz.") Sometimes young celebrities buy their own press of being larger than life and that's usually when their demise sets in, because I don't think the soul really stands for that, and at that point, when you look down on the little people, your life becomes a Shakespearian tragedy of self-undoing. I see MG as a man with heart, human and fallible and flawed, just like all of us are, and I think he is doing our culture a favor by helping to end the myth of celebrity so we can all focus on living more meaningful ordinary lives rather than believing our lives pale in comparison the "rich and famous"....A mansion does not equal quality of life, and fame can be a nightmare, it is a nightmare to not be able to know who your real friends are because eveyone wants a piece of you. Nightmare. At least now MG will know who his true friends are. That is priceless.

1546 days ago
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Lisa    

THIS NEEDS TO BE INVESTIGATED!!!

The proof that this is extortion is that Oksana did not call police, but instead she hired Steve Jaffe, a professional character assassin who engages in public smear campaigns for a living, and handed him the tapes to get them publicized.

Steve Jaffe's own website advertises his "expertise" in "media attacks on the reputation of individuals". THAT'S who Oksana contacted first, not the police. THAT's who she gave the tapes to first, not the police. Do the math.

THIS NEEDS TO BE INVESTIGATED DEEPER!!! They'll find Steve Jaffe has been involved in extortion plots before, involving high-profile people, and used smear campaigns involving "domestic violence" to extort money.

INVESTIGATE THE MURDER OF THE WITNESS WHO WAS ABOUT TO COME FORWARD ABOUT STEVE JAFFE'S FABRICATED EVIDENCE IN ANOTHER EXTORTION CASE!!!!

1542 days ago
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