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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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KoalaBabe    

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@ squiggy # 28: The only thing OG can do with her legs is to spread them!! Uchitel should be sued by Tiger for extortion/defamation. She got millions and still talks

Posted at 6:10 PM on Sep 28, 2010 by Rhondo

Rhondo Uchitel playboy spreads was canned, because playboy wanted her to pose next to golf clubs anything that has golf tone, that will reflect her affair to Tiger Woods.

When Tiger Woods team heard about it, they reminded Uchitel there is gagged order if she ever capitalized on Tiger Woods name for money, i'e tell tales to the live media, magazine, she has to return the 10millions payout.

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jessup    

Time to put Mad Mel behind bars. Mel lawyers tried to pay her off to destroy evidence they can join Mel behind bars. Mels cover up agreement is not extortion by Oksana Grigorieva.
TMZ did not buy the tapes. Harvey your afraid on Mel?

1489 days ago
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jmac    

I agree with post # 1...this is boring..who really gives a damn anymore about Mel and Oksana anymore! Too much reporting of this. I am just sorry there are sweet innocent children involved. Shame on both of them. Greed is a terrible thing!

1489 days ago
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KoalaBabe    

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Did she hire TWO new lawyers today?

Posted at 6:09 PM on Sep 28, 2010 by Diane

Diane, I don't know, I just come up her on route to work soon.
I haven't checked other websites yet.

Morning btw.

1489 days ago
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Tellthetruth59    

For the sake of argument let's say everything in the above is true. Here's the thing though - - in this case, Oksana will walk away penniless. At this juncture, Mel will not give her a f**king farthing. And on that score, Gloria does a better job. So why didn't Oksana go to Gloria in the first place?

Posted at 6:05 PM on Sep 28, 2010 by realist
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Because even the law Firm of Jizz Justice/You Screw 'em We'll Sue 'em knew a lost cause when she saw one.

Surprisingly those turtlenecks Gloria wears to hide her hideous neck, must not be tight enough to suffocate and destroy her last shred of common sense.

1489 days ago
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Diane    

I am going to start writing letters to the LAPD and the DA's office. This has gone beyond a waste of taxpayers dollars and is such an incredible perversion of the justice system.

Are they inept at LAPD or what? They have bungled so many cases it is ridiculous.

And the killer is all these resources are being wasted on someone who isn't even a US citizen and probably has never paid any taxes.

1489 days ago
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antbabs    

Hi, back for a few. Need to finish up dinner. @sam, fd, curious, wondering, shell, I'm not sure who else is here now, but if you check on that other thingy we talked about earlier today..... I put it over there and I think be self-explanatory why:)

1489 days ago
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mary    

why was david lettermans, threat from man who would release damaging tapes extortion and her threat to release tapes not extortion. she said she would keep tapes quiet if he paid her then backed out and played tapes. because he didnt pay what she wanted. and yes she is behind released tapes. she just thought she did it in a way she wouldnt be connected to the release. if she didnt release the tapes she would have had her lawyers contacted ron, when the first tape was released, since she loves money so much, she would not like someone making money she could have. since she is a woman, they will try to find a way to let her slide on the charge. you know poor old me, althou she had her lawyers there to protect her interest and is and has been very well protected by her lawyers. they took her at her word that she was concerned for the childs welfare. they got her money and security for baby, but not enough for her and money for her was prime goal. she just didnt want it to look that way.

1489 days ago
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wondering    

hi antbabs!

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justme    

HERE COME THE 1400 COMMENTS WITHIN 4 HOURS BY THE SAME 6 PEOPLE......THI IS GETTING F UC KING OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

1489 days ago
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Diane    

Hi Koala, I think she did hire two but one is probably already gone...lol. Don't blink because the characters will change.

1489 days ago
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TrumanD    

Several more weeks... interesting. Looks like you guys who've been saying this may go deeper, and there may be other persons involved pulling stings in the shadows, may be spot on.

Wondering what they've been discovering in her IPhone. This is getting very interesting. We may all end up surprised when the DA finally moves on the charges. Whoever else is involved, one thing is for sure... Oksana's up to her neck in it!

1489 days ago
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KoalaBabe    

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Time to put Mad Mel behind bars. Mel lawyers tried to pay her off to destroy evidence they can join Mel behind bars. Mels cover up agreement is not extortion by Oksana Grigorieva.
TMZ did not buy the tapes. Harvey your afraid on Mel?

Posted at 6:16 PM on Sep 28, 2010 by jessup

Destroy evidence for what case?

did you read? there is no case pending for the alleged tape.
Therefore is no crime on Mel Gibson part.

Oksana had tried using the recording for leverage, to gain more money.

1489 days ago
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Maya    

For the sake of argument let's say everything in the above is true. Here's the thing though - - in this case, Oksana will walk away penniless. At this juncture, Mel will not give her a f**king farthing. And on that score, Gloria does a better job. So why didn't Oksana go to Gloria in the first place?

Posted at 6:05 PM on Sep 28, 2010 by realist

She might of before Alred took on Kowal. Ater that --- conflict of interest. HUGE conflict of interest.

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