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Extortion Probe Could Derail Case Against Mel

9/23/2010 2:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Oksana Grigorieva could be checkmated into silence ... silence that could make it impossible to prosecute Mel Gibson for domestic violence -- sources tell TMZ.

Mel Gibson extortion case.

As we first reported ... the L.A. County Sheriff's Department is conducting what we're told is a "serious" extortion investigation.  Our law enforcement sources tell us investigators have "numerous" emails, texts, documents and witness statements that could lead to criminal charges.

If the D.A. files extortion charges against Oksana ... sources familiar with the case tell us it virtually forces her to take the Fifth -- in other words, she'd refuse to testify against Mel Gibson because what she says could incriminate her.

Although the D.A. often prosecutes domestic violence cases with uncooperative alleged victims ... sources involved in this investigation tell us Oksana's testimony is critical, particularly because the physical evidence is shaky.  For starters, we've already told you about her dentist changing his story, not reporting the alleged violence to authorities and failing to get pictures that show injury.

We're told the D.A. considers the two investigations "connected."  If the D.A. files extortion charges, our sources say there's a good chance it could flat-out torpedo a domestic violence prosecution.

And ... if the D.A. decided not to file an extortion case against Oksana to preserve a domestic violence case against Mel, his lawyers would have a field day in court.

The plot thickens.

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KoalaBabe    

Sorntolc, Violet Kowal is not pressing charges to Mel, I wonder why you are so fixated with her story?

DA has enough evidence without Violet Kowal testimony.
You can't accept that Oksana made a huge blunder.
She just don't know when to stop.
She reminded me of a joke,"the man suing the hardware store because he has fallen off the display ladder, because the store didn't put a stop sign at the end of the rung"

1456 days ago
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Lynn M    

Stupid woman...She could have walked away from all this with money to boot. Even if Mel was found guilty of her charge of domestic abuse, he'd probably only be given probation. She's the one who ruined her own reputation. Somehow the tapes made it from her possession into the hands of the press. Directly or indirectly, she's responsible for how she CHOSE to handle the alleged altercation and subsequent break-up.

BTW- Where are the marks on her neck from where he put her in a chokehold? And why does she always cover the side of her face with her hair, the side that was allegedly hit with a blow strong enough to break off her caps? I still say no black eye was seen in the "dentist" photo.

Bottom line is she has little, if any, credibility left and its her own mouth that took it away. I'm surprised anyone would be willing to represent her the way she keeps running her mouth.

1456 days ago
18.

KoalaBabe    

Wondering and hellnurse "hugs"

1456 days ago
19.

igotfleasfromtmz    

Bottom line is she has little, if any, credibility left and its her own mouth that took it away. I'm surprised anyone would be willing to represent her the way she keeps running her mouth.

Posted at 1:30 AM on Sep 23, 2010 by Lynn M
ha ha ha don't worry they are not representing her lol they are on t.v.

1456 days ago
20.

Tanya    

YOU GONNA PAY GIRL, YOU GONNA PAY !

1456 days ago
21.

igotfleasfromtmz    

Hi kb I am keeping my fingers crossed. TMZ know's what is going on.

1456 days ago
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igotfleasfromtmz    

Sorntolc, Violet Kowal is not pressing charges to Mel, I wonder why you are so fixated with her story?

DA has enough evidence without Violet Kowal testimony.
You can't accept that Oksana made a huge blunder.
She just don't know when to stop.
She reminded me of a joke,"the man suing the hardware store because he has fallen off the display ladder, because the store didn't put a stop sign at the end of the rung"

Posted at 1:30 AM on Sep 23, 2010 by KoalaBabe
Violet has already made a sworn statement and given evidence to the DA against Konsie. Just another nail...... just a few more nails needed.

1456 days ago
23.

KoalaBabe    

18.

Stupid woman...She could have walked away from all this with money to boot. Even if Mel was found guilty of her charge of domestic abuse, he'd probably only be given probation. She's the one who ruined her own reputation. Somehow the tapes made it from her possession into the hands of the press. Directly or indirectly, she's responsible for how she CHOSE to handle the alleged altercation and subsequent break-up.

BTW- Where are the marks on her neck from where he put her in a chokehold? And why does she always cover the side of her face with her hair, the side that was allegedly hit with a blow strong enough to break off her caps? I still say no black eye was seen in the "dentist" photo.

Bottom line is she has little, if any, credibility left and its her own mouth that took it away. I'm surprised anyone would be willing to represent her the way she keeps running her mouth.

Posted at 1:30 AM on Sep 23, 2010 by Lynn M


Lyn M,
Don't forget while he was choking her, she claimed he also was chest butting her and punched her twice on the face and hit the baby, because she was holding her the same time.

Talking about pathetic spins here, after all that horrendous experienced she been through she never dropped the baby?

If you been punched choked, chest butted, you well be down for a count,seeing hundreds of stars and bleeding from the mouth.

1456 days ago
24.

igotfleasfromtmz    

laughing at Controls (Sorntolc) love story gone bad. Bet some of her past men are running around with mac's sparklies and tee hee

1456 days ago
25.

Lynn M    

Just to be clear, I'm not letting Mel off the hook as he is an embarrassment to himself and his family. I'd be disgusted if he were my dad. That said, I'll watch his movies as I don't chose movies based on the producer/director/actor's personal life. If I did, I wouldn't see many movies.

1456 days ago
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igotfleasfromtmz    

looking at the pictures above , almost looks like Mel is making a pouty face at her. Love it.

1456 days ago
27.

KoalaBabe    

Violet has already made a sworn statement and given evidence to the DA against Konsie. Just another nail...... just a few more nails needed.

Posted at 1:35 AM on Sep 23, 2010 by hellnurse

Horowitz with his PR War is adding more nails to her coffin hellnurse lol

1456 days ago
28.

wondering    

the thing to keep in mind is that this is an election year for the district attorney in Los Angeles, and the D.A in LA loves high profile cases for the benefit of their careers ....

1456 days ago
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igotfleasfromtmz    

Horowitz with his PR War is adding more nails to her coffin hellnurse lol

Posted at 1:38 AM on Sep 23, 2010 by KoalaBabe

Oh yes and his pompous arse threats to the American public to dare to disagree with him, I feel she mus ta been doing some serious sucking.

1456 days ago
30.

Sorntolc    

Sorntolc, Violet Kowal is not pressing charges to Mel, I wonder why you are so fixated with her story?

DA has enough evidence without Violet Kowal testimony.
You can't accept that Oksana made a huge blunder.
She just don't know when to stop.

Posted at 1:30 AM on Sep 23, 2010 by KoalaBabe

The TRUTH is always interesting to me. The whole truth & nothing but the truth. Hopefully also when it comes to judge, why Oksana felt betrayed, whether criminal or not, dishonesty tells a lot about the moral standards, when it comes to the motives in sexual relations not at least. Why is Mel's team so fixated on Oksanas long past experiences?

This is about what Mel actually attributed to the circ*mstances while his daughter was brought to life, seems to me important indeed.

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