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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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wondering    

someone mentioned in a previous post i think on one of the other threads that Robin Sax quit her team does anyone have any info about that? or was it just wishful thinking?

1459 days ago
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fuddyduddy    

That's exactly what I stated yesterday. Someone asked why the attorney was taking this to the Today Show other than PR and spin, and I replied to taint the jury pool. That's part of this, too.

And, to wear Mel down in hopes of getting a settlement.

Posted at 1:57 AM on Sep 23, 2010 by fuddyduddy

In your mind Fuddy, do you reckon Mel will pay her off?
in my opinion he should proceed with the extortion lawsuit.

Posted at 1:59 AM on Sep 23, 2010 by KoalaBabe
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I don't think Mel will pay her one red cent. There is no longer an incentive to settle. The child custody matter is before a court. The DV and extortion are being investigated by proper authorities, so you cannot settle; the authorities are in charge now. It's the civil suit for battery, emotional distress, and defamation that I am talking about. I am sure that OG's attorneys are hoping for an out of court settlement. Part of the reason I believe they are waiting until the end of the year to file a civil action is to give this case time to possibly be settled out of court. Also, TMZ reports there are hundreds of emails, and it appears that over time, it is Horowitz's intent to release all of those emails through the media. I think this is the part where he is trying to wear Mel. Just like a pack of hyennas; they find prey, circle the prey, and then they start systematically nipping and nipping at the prey until the prey falls. Also, Hellnurese discovered through her legal research that attorneys cannot release confidential do***ents during discovery. Well, since no civil action has been filed, this case is not in discovery yet. So, that's why I think Horowitz is releasing these emails now. So, that gives him time between now and the end of the year to release all these emails, hope for a settlement, and taint the jury pool in the process.

1459 days ago
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Michael    

Oksana is too stupid to keeph her mouth shut in court! She truly believes she is a victim of something and needs to be compensated. I bet even her attorneys will fail in keeping her quiet because she will want to talk about how she is the victim.

TEAM TRUTH!!

MTT

1459 days ago
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Arb    

I know it said in a previous story she "secretly" taped the calls. Now i might be wrong but isn't illegal to tape those calls without telling the other party before hand you are recording the conversation?

1459 days ago
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wondering    

Hi Michael, welcome back!

1459 days ago
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fuddyduddy    

Well, supposedly the guy squeaks when he walks, so you make a good point. Maybe he doesn't want to piss the old battle axe off either.
Tell me it has nothing to do with the rats.

Posted at 2:13 AM on Sep 23, 2010 by hellnurse
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LOL! No, no...TD is so tight (cheap) that he squeaks when he walks...meaning, since he is tight with money, perhaps he is waiting for this to play out so that he doesn't have to incur any legal expense to pursue matters concerning their son.

1459 days ago
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igotfleasfromtmz    

Oksana is too stupid to keep her mouth shut in court! She truly believes she is a victim of something and needs to be compensated. I bet even her attorneys will fail in keeping her quiet because she will want to talk about how she is the victim.

TEAM TRUTH!!
Yes the newest twist of her team is trying to show that what I feel is a cold calculating extortionist suddenly has feelings of betrayal.
The only thing it feels is entitlement.
Now that is just a hoot!

1459 days ago
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Sorntolc    

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?

The courts don't care about feelings, for pete's sake. They are interested in facts.

Posted at 1:51 AM on Sep 23, 2010 by hellnurse

For petes sake, this is not the court, this is a gossip site & a PR war. Why are Mel's supporters so fixated on Oksanas long past experiences? PR & spin, whether paid for by Mel or not.

So of course, Mel's actions while Oksana was pregnant should be rather interesting too. But not for team Mel of course, they'd rather keep them secret, it's privacy & only belong to Mel.

This case is orchestred by one of the richest oligarchs in the USA, he surely know how to hide his steps & play his laywers in right order to pin any opposition down.

Hopefully Horowitz & some other experienced laywers will keep supporting Oksana, so she at least can obtain a fair chance of revealing how she has been treated during & after the meltdown process.

Behind the facts are the motives & as it appears to me, Mel's motivation has sometimes been of a rather low & selfish kind.

1459 days ago
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KoalaBabe    

I noted on every threads lately Sorntolc uses the same post and all about Violet Kowal and for Mel confessions.

1459 days ago
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twilightmom    

Poor Oxy....she's a victim. Somebody stole that dream she had of taking that $200 million from MG.
Poor, poor Oxy. I could just cry! WAAA. WAAA.
Best news we've had all week!!

1459 days ago
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fuddyduddy    

someone mentioned in a previous post i think on one of the other threads that Robin Sax quit her team does anyone have any info about that? or was it just wishful thinking?

Posted at 2:13 AM on Sep 23, 2010 by wondering
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That's true. It was reported by some news outlets.

Fulginiti last less than a month, and Sax lasted less than a week.

1459 days ago
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igotfleasfromtmz    

Poor Oxy....she's a victim. Somebody stole that dream she had of taking that $200 million from MG.
Poor, poor Oxy. I could just cry! WAAA. WAAA.
Best news we've had all week!!

Posted at 2:22 AM on Sep 23, 2010 by twilightmom
LOL!

1459 days ago
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KoalaBabe    

616.

OMG! The spelling is weaker than that of a 4 year old. How embarrassing!

Jeeeeez Mel! You settled for so little w/ this Ho! She demonstrates with this email how manipulative she is and how she is pissed of that there is "nothing" for her financially. It transpires that she sensed the relationship was ending (or had ended) and since there would be no marriage to secure her a good financial future, she resorted to taping and emotional manipulation to get a "severance package".

So little substance... She is clearly such a user. I feel sorry for her children.

Oh, Mel... please... you are an intelligent man. How could you stomach spending time w/ this brainless idiot? You were right when you said she needs a brain transplant! Ha ha!!

Posted at 1:48 AM on Sep 23, 2010 by OinkOink


whole body transplant perhaps?

1459 days ago
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KoalaBabe    

twilightmom, can I play the broken violin while your crying waaaaaaaa waaaaa lol

1459 days ago
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fuddyduddy    

I'm gone again!

:)

I'll be back later on...keep the faith!

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