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Sheriff Gets Legal Eagles In Oksana Extortion Probe

10/7/2010 6:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The L.A. County Sheriff's Department is consulting law professors and attorneys to determine if Oksana Grigorieva was trying to extort Mel Gibson, or if it was just good, old-fashioned negotiating.

Oksana extortion.
We're told Sheriff's investigators want experts to weigh in on Oksana's role in the mediation -- specifically, whether she was a participant in a legal negotiation with Mel, or whether she crossed the line and simply demanded money in return for not ruining the actor with the inflammatory tapes.

Investigators are still conducting forensic tests on certain evidence, including Oksana's iPhone, which she used to secretly record Mel.

And Sheriff's investigators are approximately two weeks away from turning the extortion case over to the L.A. County District Attorney ... this according to Sheriff's spokesperson Steve Whitmore.

Whitmore tells TMZ ... Oksana is the sole focus of the extortion investigation.


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16.

cluesarethere    

She wouldn't have to keep spinning lies on top of lies if it wasn't extortion or change PR reps or even swap lawyers as many times as she did.

1413 days ago
17.

GEL    

)"They've got no case for extortion. She was engaged in lawful negotiations")

Not true, it is NOT legal to exchange money in agreement with destroying "evidence". That is exactly what was on the papers she signed that stated in return for $15M she would destroy "all evidence". I have a feeling you have a big disappointment headed your direction if you think she will be exonerated.

FYI...this is the legal definition of extortion ("The use, or the express or implicit threat of the use, of violence or other criminal means to cause harm to person, reputation, or property as a means to obtain property from someone else with his consent.") Witnesses involved in the "mediation" have stated that the tapes were heavily weighted as weapons to use if she didn't get the money she wanted. Yep...extortion.

1413 days ago
18.

fuddyduddy    

Oksana is in trouble. hahahahahahaha

Getting the legal eagles involved...they want to make sure that the case is SOLID and won't be bungled! Good thinking!

If there was no extortion, this would have been over with a long time ago. Look how quickly the DV investigation wrapped up.

1413 days ago
19.

Bunny that earns scooby snacks!    

I would guess tat the extortion began before the mediation. In that, the evidence is in the emails and other contact between Mel and Ox before May.

1413 days ago
20.

Jenny    

She even stated herself, though I would not beleive everything she says, that she made the recordings to make Mel pay her more money. The fact that she has told the media several different reasons for making the tapes only hides the real reason for why she made them.
Oksanas intent has always been criminal and that's why she she confuses anyone that asks her why. The world knows what she did.

1413 days ago
21.

Tellthetruth59    

Those forensic tests they are conducting will tell the story. The story is extortion. The end.

1413 days ago
22.

cluesarethere    

Makes me wonder what Eric George said yesterday.

1413 days ago
23.

moussemaker    

"it is NOT legal to exchange money in agreement with destroying "evidence".

- so then charge all lawyers who came up with that agreement.

1413 days ago
24.

Danielle     

I don't think they are taking her DV case seriously...at all. The focus for months as been the extortion case. It seems the authorities are just dotting the "i"s. This woman is going to need criminal attorney.

1413 days ago
25.

zoody    

Mel's vigilantes are going to get some kind of carpel tunnel
syndrome by trying to hit that poll button so much.
They need a poll to quote from, now that's democracy at it's finest

1413 days ago
26.

wondering    

Hi Fuddy,
we need to sign a petition to get harvey to post that damned letter hahaha

1413 days ago
27.

fuddyduddy    

HARVEY...WHERE IS THAT DAMN LETTER? Get it out there!!! What are you waiting for?

1413 days ago
28.

gimmeabreak    

I am so sick of this story. I think we have all overdosed on the insanity of these people and their pathetic lives. Please move on to something else.

Posted at 2:19 PM on Oct 7, 2010 by Carole

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Yes i agree, "Team Mel" and pathetic and filled with insanity. Time for them to move onto something else. /snicker

1413 days ago
29.

lee    

5.
They've got no case for extortion. She was engaged in lawful negotiations, nothing more. "Team Mel" will be shocked and despondent when she is exonerated. *big smile*

Posted at 2:22 PM on Oct 7, 2010 by gimmeabreak
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It's Hollywood,
it will be legal bargaining,
there are too many precedents that Oksana's lawyers can argue.
Unless they can trace the Tapes and money to her or an explicit
demand. She will walk away

Posted at 2:24 PM on Oct 7, 2010 by zoody
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The Feds don't usually investigate unless it's a serious charge, see martha Stewart....

there will be no 'bargaining' on an extortion charge, and the time it's taking shows that they've definitely found evidence and are follolwing through before charging her formally...

1413 days ago
30.

zoody    

How did they forget the "Russian Mob"? Piotr whatshisface?

1413 days ago
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