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Oksana Investigation: Extortion vs. Negotiation

9/28/2010 9:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The L.A. County Sheriff's Department is focusing on a central issue in the Oksana Grigorieva/Mel Gibson extortion investigation -- What constitutes negotiation, and what is extortion?

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L.A. County Sheriff's Department spokesperson Steve Whitmore tells TMZ his Department is several weeks away from wrapping up its investigation.  As Whitmore put it, "One of the challenges investigators are facing is what is considered a legal negotiating tactic and what constitutes extortion."

TMZ has learned ... the L.A. County Sheriff's Department is combing over key pieces of evidence in the Oksana Grigorieva extortion investigation ... and law enforcement sources tell us the focus is on Oksana's iPhone, as well as text messages and emails between Mel and Oksana.

Whitmore would not discuss specific evidence in the investigation, but did say investigators are conducting forensic analysis of the items.

And Whitmore says there are two attorneys whom investigators still want to interview, and there have been scheduling problems.  TMZ knows the lawyers are Eric George and Sonia Lee, who share a practice and represented Oksana in the mediation in which Mel agreed to pay a total of $15 million in return for the tapes and other evidence.

We've learned George -- who has been out of the country -- will be back in L.A. later this week and is eager to speak with investigators.  We understand Lee is also willing to sit for an interview.

And, we're told the only person who is the target of the investigation is Oksana.



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1.

Nancy     

I'm bored with this story.

1300 days ago
2.

lee    

Charge her and put her in jail already...
we sick of hearing her spin and daily BS

1300 days ago
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cluesarethere    

And, we're told, as of now, the only person who is the target of the investigation is Oksana.

Harvey, are you teasing.

1300 days ago
4.

Tammy    

I'm sick of her BS!! Arrest the biotch, already!! Lock her in a cell, throw away the key and give each child to their father.

1300 days ago
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hopper33    

Called me old fashioned, but it would seem to me that offering 15 million to someone for them to keep quiet is negotiation, while demanding money, or anything for that matter from someone for you to keep quiet is extortion.

1300 days ago
6.

greeneyes    

SHE IS A LIAR! OKSANA GO BACK TO RUSSIA. SHE IS EXTORTING THIS POOR GUY AND HAS RUINED HIS LIFE. SHE PUSHED HIM OVER THE EDGE AND WAS ONLY AFTER THE CASH FROM DAY ONE. ANYONE WHO LOVED A PERSON WOULD NEVER STOOP TO RELEASING SUCH HORRIBLE TAPES. EVERYONE SAYS THINGS THEY DON'T MEAN AND SHE WAS ONLY PUSHING HIS BUTTONS TO SET HIM UP. ITS ALL ABOUT THE CASH. SHE WANTS IT. PERIOD. OKSANA GO GET A FRICKING JOB AND A LIFE!!!!!!!

1300 days ago
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Tellthetruth59    

Back to the moth hole with you grifter. You're doomed.

1300 days ago
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greeneyes    

THIS IS CALLED EXTORTION. SHE WAS GOING TO USE SOMETHING TO DESTROY HIM AS LEVERAGE....ITS CALLED EXTORTION!!!!! NOT BASIC NEGOTIATION!!!!! SHE'S A SNAKE.

1300 days ago
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Just Saying    

Is it a legal negotiating tactic to use illegal means (illegal recording) to gain leverage ? Hey calling all sacked employees, go and film your boss in the toilet using your iphone and then use it to negotiate a great severance package.

1300 days ago
10.

Stacy    

It was Extortion, nobody makes unflattering recordings of somebody to negotiate...they do it to extort.

1300 days ago
11.

diogenes    

Harvey said today the DA still doesn't have the extortion investigation

1300 days ago
12.

Simpson    

As Oksana stated the $15 millions she requested was for the Lucia and nothing for her. Oksana is quilty as charged - extortion. Money and more money she demanded Mel to pay her and she dared to stated she was not interested in Mel's money!!! $40,000 a month child support payment!! Do the math, what can a baby spend with that amount, $40,000 per month!

1300 days ago
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wondering    

And, we're told, as of now, the only person who is the target of the investigation is Oksana.

And, we're told, as of now, the only person who is the target of the investigation is Oksana.

And, we're told, as of now, the only person who is the target of the investigation is Oksana.

1300 days ago
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gimmeabreak    

"L.A. County Sheriff's Department spokesperson Steve Whitmore tells TMZ his Department is several weeks away from wrapping up its investigation. As Whitmore put it, "One of the challenges investigators are facing is what is considered a legal negotiating tactic and what constitutes extortion."

Ask Gloria Allred, Oksana did nothing wrong. Nothing to see here!

1300 days ago
15.

Jenny    

The whole thing is simpler than it seems. Examine the facts

1. Oksana signed an agreement for millions of dollars agreeing that she would not make public recordings she made.
2. Oksana later decided not to continue with the full the agreement and walked away completely from the settlement.
3. The recordings were released worldwide.

The eqaution could not be any simpler, what we are witnessing is the outcome of the terms not being met, everyone heard the recordings.
The crime is so blatant and cruel that we don't see in it's entirety. She made sure that even if she was sequestered and monitored completely the recordings would get out and they did.
From inception she wanted to avoid contact with any type of authority figure, she wanted to make him without getting her hands dirty.
See the crime for what it is, he got hustled.

1300 days ago
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