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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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16.

Gene    

Awful awful thought, but lately it comes to my mind that People have a breaking point, you know, the point where you just can't go on and it's rock bottom? Could Oksana push Mel over the edge with all these leaks to the public, the "love" letters, emails, tapes etc., and Mel would end his own life or resort to a drunken stupor and die in a car crash? God, I hope nothing tragic of this nature comes as a result of this. People would really hate her if something like that happens. If it were me in Mel's place, and I had screwed up like he has, and someone like Oksana was gnawing at my life like a rat, I just don't know how much I could take mentally.

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17.

Eagle171    

how is it that everyone in the free world knows the difference EXCEPT the LA DA?

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18.

Bunny that earns scooby snacks!    

I'm bored with this story.

Posted at 5:13 PM on Sep 28, 2010 by Nancy


Nancy, a clue: STOP CLICKING ON THE BUTTON THEN!

1486 days ago
19.

Maya    

'What is considered a legal negotiating tactic and what constitutes extortion.' You have GOT to be kidding me. Why did I give up drinking and smoking?

Mel: You deserve the Purple Heart!

1486 days ago
20.

Tellthetruth59    

Gene - Mel isn't going to buckle. I would bet my life on it. There is nothing to lose and everything to gain if he holds his ground and he is a man of faith. People of faith have more fortitude than they are given credit for.

1486 days ago
21.

Bunny that earns scooby snacks!    

Sonia Lee is a lawyer: So anther lie surfaces? Her lawyer did not desert her the second day of mediations. Geroge was there the first day, Lee was there the second. Lee and George are a team. Seems simple to me.....What part of that does the Ox not understand?

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22.

Catnip    

For the love of everything holy, when is someone gonna throw a bucket of water on this witch!?

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23.

fuddyduddy    

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.

Posted at 5:29 PM on Sep 28, 2010 by wondering
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But wait--Horowitz SAID that Mel extorted Oksana! ROFLOL!

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24.

VividlyViv    

I wonder if she knows yet that one of her goons has been bragging about sleeping with her

1486 days ago
25.

Sqiggy    

Wonder when the Rachel Uchitel/Gloria Allred extortion charges are coming down the pike. No inside knowledge or anything but THEY were going to release embarassing information about Tiger unless he paid $$$ but in that case he did pay the money but it still makes no difference it was Extortion plain and simple. If Oksana is charged or even convicted she has some legs to stand on cause so called "Extortion" takes place everyday in hollywood yet very rarely is anyone arrested or convicted.

1486 days ago
26.

Fidel's niece    

You will pay...Boy, you will pay...

Spoken like a true Extortionist!

***Team Mel***

1486 days ago
27.

Maya    

'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.'

'Eager'? I wonder why.

1486 days ago
28.

wondering    

hahah fuddy!

it just keeps getting better and better

1486 days ago
29.

cluesarethere    

fuddyduddy

But wait--Horowitz SAID that Mel extorted Oksana! ROFLOL!

Would hold water if Oksana had something worth extorting... she has no money. She couldn't even buy a gift for her son.

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30.

Bunny that earns scooby snacks!    

The public has ALSO noticed now

that Mel Gibson is obsessed with himself. He is his own and only favourite subject

EVERYTHING HE SAYS IS ABOUT HIMSELF


He believes a woman with a newborn should WORRY because he 'might have a cigarette' !!!!!!

How OLD is he ?

Does he believe that ALL WOMEN are his MOTHER ?

' I might have a cigarette' he says. As if the world should CARE ! As if the mother of a newborn should CARE if an old fool has a cigarette ?

He's MENTAL !

It's ALL about him. He believes it is ALL about HIM !

MONOMANIA !

Listen to the tapes. The world's listened to them

Mel Gibson and his favourite topic: ' ME ! ME ! ME ! '


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Is he JEALOUS that Oksana has a CHILD (his child) to occupy her energy and thoughts ?

Sounds like it

So like a tantrum-throwing 2 year old, he designs to STEAL the LIMELIGHT !

Arrested development

Regression to infantilism

And to think that this RETARD had the effrontery to put 8 children on this planet

there should be a law against Mel Gibson


Well, FINALLY, someone exposed the MONSTER !

and he *IS* a monster

If he weren't rich and famous, he'd have been in jail long ago

for stalking and harrassment at least


What a disappointment Mel Gibson has shown himself to be

No wonder he's disgusted with himself

He should just compensate Oksana for stealing the next 20 years of HER life through necessity to raise HIS child

and he should then just fold his tent and go away

Posted at 5:40 PM on Sep 28, 2010 by Mo


Look!!! Ox is having a meltdown in the other thread!

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