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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?


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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Is Oksana in the US legally? Does she have a Visa? Green Card? What is her immigration status?

1485 days ago

Byron Green    

Ive decided its time to change her name from TROLL to zit face.I mean she is to darn ugly to be a troll.But her face man its covered with zits, man imagine wakin up to that face the morning after it would put me right of me eggs & bacon and the under the table blow job. MEL dude please go to the optometrist and get your eyes tested and fixed I mean that is one ugly muther when she has no make up on.Maybe I will join u it was my girl friend that pointed that one out I never noticed it

1430 days ago
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