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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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antbabs    

hi wondering. i'll be back in a bit:)

1400 days ago
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VividlyViv    

Yeah! Lets remember that it has been published in a legitimate article that Oksie and her goon squad have bribed people (Violet and buddy), to say bad things about Gibson.

Her goons also threatened these same people if they didnt co operate, and it was reported that the goon squad even tried to run one of these people down when they were hesitant to tell lies about MG. This was all sanctioned by that paragon of virtue Oksiemoron. She IS a criminal, caught in the act! Why hasn't she and her goon squad been arrested?

What a joke! Making a mockery of our legal system. She plays the part of an eternal victim.

She is the one telling all the stories. I cant wait for Gibsons legal team to let loose with what they have on this cow. They are following legal procedure. In the mean time this cow and her cronies keep accusing him of the crappy things that they are doing. Duh.

And temper, temper team Oksie. Try not to look as horrible as you really are. Thats not a good tactic.

1400 days ago
78.

justme    

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

1400 days ago
79.

justme    

NEXT STORY NOT ABOUT THEM PLEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSSEEEEEE

1400 days ago
80.

justme    

YAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWWNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN>>>>>>>

1400 days ago
81.

justme    

GOOGLE THE WORD SLEESTACK AND YOU CAN'T TELL ME SHE DOESN'T LOOK LIKE ONE LOL!!!!!!!!!HAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

1400 days ago
82.

Bunny that earns scooby snacks!    

Harvey your afraid on Mel?

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

OH now that IS funny! LOL! Harvey is NOT afraid og Mel. He hates him! But Harvey can see an evil woman at work here and how wrong it all is. Why you havin' such a hard time doin' it?

1400 days ago
83.

TrumanD    

@justme:

You need to look at that list of TEAM TRUTH/TEAM MEL supporters. There are a LOT more than 6 people posting here on a regualer or semi-regular basis. Add in the drop by comments, it's WAY more than 6. LOL!

Why you so bothered by us? Why do you even care to keep commenting if it's so OLD to you?! LOL!!

1400 days ago
84.

justme    

@TrumanD....NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO...ha ha ha LOL

1400 days ago
85.

H.T    

Not only is this story old, it is also boring. Even if Mel was wrong here, this sounds like extortion.... greedy bitch is not that good looking and needs to be taking care of.

1400 days ago
86.

TrumanD    

TMZ,

Can we lose the spammer, plz? Some of us are actually interested in having intelligent discourse here!

Thanks!

1400 days ago
87.

KoalaBabe    

justme, did you see that red x button on your right? click on that, and your problem will go away!

1400 days ago
88.

azlee    

gene, I have thought about it and prayed for him. I heard somewhere that he is visiting Robyn and his kids a lot. I would hope that they keep him going.

And you must admit, looking into a baby's eyes and touching of them just does something to your soul, it gives you the touch of angels.

We just need to keep sending our prayers for him to hang in there and walk strong.

1400 days ago
89.

azlee    

gene, I have thought about it and prayed for him. I heard somewhere that he is visiting Robyn and his kids a lot. I would hope that they keep him going.

And you must admit, looking into a baby's eyes and touching of them just does something to your soul, it gives you the touch of angels.

We just need to keep sending our prayers for him to hang in there and walk strong.

1400 days ago
90.

waka    

What part Mel said about her wrong on tape, except for the tone? She stinks. She is not the stable one. How many lawyers she has changed? She just can not work with others.

1400 days ago
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