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Mel Gibson Case:

PR Witness Deposition Set

8/13/2010 9:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned ... Mel Gibson's lawyers have set their sites on someone who spent hours talking with Oksana Grigorieva about what Mel allegedly did to her and a lot more -- her publicist.

Steve Jaffe Oksana
Sources tell us Steve Jaffe -- a master, veteran PR dude -- got subpoenaed to appear for a deposition during the last week of the month. 

And we're told, a dogfight is inevitable between lawyers for Oksana and Mel ... over what Jaffe can and cannot say.

Jaffe -- who served as Oksana's rep for several weeks before resigning -- spent dozens of hours talking to Oksana about Mel, the leaked tapes, allegations that she tried extorting Mel, reports of inconsistencies in her story ... everything, we're told, to "clear up the inconsistencies in the media."

Mel's lawyers want to hear what Oksana said and whether it conflicts with her other statements.  But we're told Oksana's lawyers are prepared for objection after objection, on grounds her lawyers hired Jaffe, and therefore many of the conversations he had with Oksana are protected by what's called the "work product privilege" -- part of the attorney-client privilege.

Sources say Mel's people, among other things, will argue that public relations has nothing to do with the legal case and therefore isn't protected.

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SayWhat    

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Funny how Mel's team of lawyers is so hot to get the ex-PR guy in for a deposition but Mel wont show up for his! Seems odd to me. Mel should want to get his azz in front of the DA for his own deposition, the one he's missed TWICE!

The 1st sign of guilt is avoidance...if you're not guilty of SOMETHING why run and hide (or go on an alleged "fishing trip")

Mel probably has his two boys held prisoner on a boat so he can brainwash them BEFORE they have to appear in court!!! Gotta get the boys to lie for Daddy (or he'll cut them off financially).
Posted at 9:05 AM on Aug 13, 2010 by chris
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Its obvious from your post that you know exactly where Mel is... on a SCHEDULED vacation with his sons.
Oksanas lawyers knew this as well, just another attempt to make Mel look bad. Unfortunately, it just shows how inept her lawyers are that they cant even read a calendar.
YOu are correct about one thing however....
"The 1st sign of guilt is avoidance...if you're not guilty of SOMETHING why run and hide"
The exact thing we were all thinking when Oksana called in "sick"

1511 days ago
92.

Tellthetruth59    

@michael - the only operations the "doctors" on those Russian Bride" websites know how to perform, is a walletectomy and a quick castration.

1511 days ago
93.

chris     

I understand (somewhat) the support for Mel, however I do not understand WHY he didnt reschedule his vacation to clear his name. I recall in one of the tapes Mel screamed at Oksana "look what you've done, you've destroyed me".

If he's so concerned about what Oksana has done to him (or better said what HE has allowed to be done to him) you would think that he was put his career, reputation and mental stability before anything else. Sure, it makes him look like a "loving father" (to quote Robyn Gibson) BUT at the end of the day, if he's so "hot" to get this behind him, he would do whatever it takes to have his side heard (albeit in court or at a deposition). If his children were understanding and compassionate to his situation they would have totally understood the need to reschedule

Did anyone see the show on E last night "SEX LIES AND AUDIO TAPE" it was about Mel and this drama. It's actually sad to see this happening but you play with fire, you get burned.

Funny thing too, Robyn's statement to the courts about Mel ONLY said he was a loving father, notice how she didn't say anything about what kind of husband he was. Even though they're divorcing, if he was a good husband she would have (or should have) mentioned that...but she didnt. Makes ya wonder.

1511 days ago
94.

Michael    

I actually went on one of those Russian Mail Order Wife "tours" a few years ago. I have to admit, for a 50 year old guy I was treated to the best sex of my life, and I had a room full of drop-dead beautiful young women willing to do almost anything to choose from. It was a guys fantasy, as long as you didn't take them seriously and didn't buy into it. Sadly, like a time share presentation there were 2 or 3 guys that week who DID buy into it and get "engaged" while I was there.

1511 days ago
95.

canook    

Michael thanks!
if you put on google search
Svetlana Belyaeva russian bride
you get our owner of new mercedes
pimp pitr want to sell this one too for sure
that is why he did exagerate her bio on bio Oksy

"famous Moscow University therapist"

1511 days ago
96.

Michael    

"I understand (somewhat) the support for Mel, however I do not understand WHY he didnt reschedule his vacation to clear his name. I recall in one of the tapes Mel screamed at Oksana "look what you've done, you've destroyed me"."

It's simple, he was a week INTO his vacation when her Attorneys submitted the request, only 2 days before they wanted him to appear. Even if he was in town he probably wouldn't have agreed to appear with that short a notice.

Oksy's attorneys also knew over 30 days BEFORE MEL LEFT he was leaving town, but don't let the facts get in your way...

1511 days ago
97.

Bunny that earns scooby snacks!    

Common law wife: in some states the only thing needed for this claim is for the man and others to refer to her as Mrs. X (in this case Mrs. Gibson and for them to live together. I have no idea what CA law states--but I'm gonna guess it is much stricter than what I have specified.

They have never lived together, she has always been known as Oksana Grigovobitch (sp?) as reflected on 'all' her credits (the one on Edge of Darkness.)

Why are we hearing about this anyway? Has everyone forgotten that SHE is not a celebrity?? Mel is--tell us what Mel is doing. Oh wait: Mel is following court orders and keeping mum and the OX is not. I forgot.....

It amazes me: We stated days ago here that 1) the 'abuse' happened ONE time so she comes out with no sir, it happened two times: he tried to kick in my door and that is too abuse. (No, sweetie. It is NOT abuse and it is HIS house. As he stated: if he wants to burn it down he can--and nowhere in those tapes did he say, imply, infer or suggest that she be in the house when he burns it. Maybe he was just saying he wanted to get rid of it to stop her from hasseling him to give it to her. Sweetie, you want the house, try BUYING it from him.) And 20 that Mel sought help immediately. Now she is seeking help?

So she has sought psychiatric help: is her conscience bothering her? Where did she get the money, she's penniless. Oh wait: The 'charity' events. I forgot. Or maybe she is so upset that the public is humiliating her. (Sweetie, stop reading the gossip columns! Sweet dumb thing....sweet like arsenic....) So lame.

Hi everyone! Now back to read the comments. :)

1511 days ago
98.

Fidel's niece    

A PR guy's spin considered lawyer/client privilege - only in LA! Shouldn't Oksa's hair stylist and personal trainer,also be covered by it too? LOL!


***TEAM MEL***

1511 days ago
99.

Michael    

Yes, Oksy is broke, and don't forget "abused".

As long as you don't include the free 3.3 Million dollar house she lives in, the free $500k Maserati she drives to Ralphs in, and the $10k+ a month she receives from Tim Dalton and Mel Gibsons "temporary" child support. Don't forget, Mel is paying for her attorneys too.

If that's poverty I'm in!

1511 days ago
100.

Curious    

Michael -

LOL. Well, yeah, I can see where a fella might lose his head.

::cough::

1511 days ago
101.

StarryStarryNight    

besides lying and popping 30 pills a day, what does oink$ana actually do?

1511 days ago
102.

fuddyduddy    

I understand (somewhat) the support for Mel, however I do not understand WHY he didnt reschedule his vacation to clear his name. I recall in one of the tapes Mel screamed at Oksana "look what you've done, you've destroyed me".

If he's so concerned about what Oksana has done to him (or better said what HE has allowed to be done to him) you would think that he was put his career, reputation and mental stability before anything else. Sure, it makes him look like a "loving father" (to quote Robyn Gibson) BUT at the end of the day, if he's so "hot" to get this behind him, he would do whatever it takes to have his side heard (albeit in court or at a deposition). If his children were understanding and compassionate to his situation they would have totally understood the need to reschedule

Did anyone see the show on E last night "SEX LIES AND AUDIO TAPE" it was about Mel and this drama. It's actually sad to see this happening but you play with fire, you get burned.

Funny thing too, Robyn's statement to the courts about Mel ONLY said he was a loving father, notice how she didn't say anything about what kind of husband he was. Even though they're divorcing, if he was a good husband she would have (or should have) mentioned that...but she didnt. Makes ya wonder.

Posted at 9:33 AM on Aug 13, 2010 by chris
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Chris,
I think you are reading too much into this. Mel's vacation may have been scheduled far in advance of the current fiasco that's taking place in his life. Depositions are important, but it is not unusual to have them reschduled because of conflcts. Not a big deal. Robyn did not have to say a word about their marriage, because at issue is a child. Custody is the issue and how Mel would be as a father to Lucia; not how he would be as a husband to Lucia. And as far as what Oksana has done to him, it could be that he felt used and that Oksana played a part in his marriage falling apart and Oksana's part in hurting his family by when she called Robyn and told her about being pregnat. That was malicious.

1511 days ago
103.

chris     

93.
83.
Funny how Mel's team of lawyers is so hot to get the ex-PR guy in for a deposition but Mel wont show up for his! Seems odd to me. Mel should want to get his azz in front of the DA for his own deposition, the one he's missed TWICE!

The 1st sign of guilt is avoidance...if you're not guilty of SOMETHING why run and hide (or go on an alleged "fishing trip")

Mel probably has his two boys held prisoner on a boat so he can brainwash them BEFORE they have to appear in court!!! Gotta get the boys to lie for Daddy (or he'll cut them off financially).
Posted at 9:05 AM on Aug 13, 2010 by chris
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Its obvious from your post that you know exactly where Mel is... on a SCHEDULED vacation with his sons.
Oksanas lawyers knew this as well, just another attempt to make Mel look bad. Unfortunately, it just shows how inept her lawyers are that they cant even read a calendar.
YOu are correct about one thing however....
"The 1st sign of guilt is avoidance...if you're not guilty of SOMETHING why run and hide"
The exact thing we were all thinking when Oksana called in "sick"

Posted at 9:22 AM on Aug 13, 2010 by SayWhat
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I think Oksana has been called in for a deposition, right? If she has and she appeared, that then negates your statement.

At the end of the day Mel brought this ENTIRE situation on himself...his actions and ways are what caused Robyn to file for divorce in the 1st place. Had he been a good husband (and didnt commit a sin in the eyes of his beloved Catholic Churgh "thou shalt not covet they neighbors wife"), he would still be married to Robyn surrounded by his children and grandchildren. INSTEAD, Mel is in the position he is in thru his OWN FAULT.

What I dont get is why so many supporters fail to acknowlegde the fact that Mel is where he is thru his own actions. That point you can not argue.

1511 days ago
104.

gingergirl    

Funny how Mel's team of lawyers is so hot to get the ex-PR guy in for a deposition but Mel wont show up for his! Seems odd to me. Mel should want to get his azz in front of the DA for his own deposition, the one he's missed TWICE!

The 1st sign of guilt is avoidance...if you're not guilty of SOMETHING why run and hide (or go on an alleged "fishing trip")

Mel probably has his two boys held prisoner on a boat so he can brainwash them BEFORE they have to appear in court!!! Gotta get the boys to lie for Daddy (or he'll cut them off financially).

Posted at 9:05 AM on Aug 13, 2010 by chris

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@ Chris

The deposition has NOTHING to Sheriff Dept Domestic abuse investigation. All interviews are complete and just finishing up the paperwork.

The deposition is in regards to the custody case. Oksana is suing Mel for full custody. Oksana's lawyers can propose the deposition dates, and mel's lawyers reject. In a litigation case, one can put off for a long time. Mel already has good custody, in fact he has her for this weekend, so he doesn't need to go out of his way for Oksana!!!(wt:)

1511 days ago
105.

Curious    

Hiya Fuddy!


Ok, eyes getting bleary trying to scan through the hogwash - anyone know when Jaffe got hired?

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