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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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fuddyduddy    

Wondering...ROFLOL!! Great minds thing a like! You and I posted at EXACTLY the same time and we both called 'the letter' damn letter! Too funny!!! And yes--he needs to get it out there. But...it could be that Blair Burke submitted that from the very beginning....I'm still with Blair!

1392 days ago
32.

BReasonable    

To me, the extortion didn't happen during the negotiation of the settlement agreement, but rather after she signed it. Once she signed and realized she wanted more then $15M, she then said she wanted more or would release the tapes. When he said no to more $, then she arranged to give the tapes to Radar.

1392 days ago
33.

Genna    

They've been tossing this around for weeks now, before they ever spoke with Eric George.

Negotiation versus extortion. Rather like tomato versus potato in this case. Negotiation requires two or more consenting parties. Mel never gave his consent to what OG is doing, nor did he even know or fully understand what she as doing or what her full intentions were.

1392 days ago
34.

Danielle     

Her lawyer has been really quiet lately.

1392 days ago
35.

Shell    

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

Posted at 2:32 PM on Oct 7, 2010 by fuddyduddy
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hear, hear....come on, Harvey.

1392 days ago
36.

ThinkingWoman    

I've never considered this a game where one side wins and the other loses. I find comments insinuating disagreement with the choices Oksana has made constitutes anything other than simply that superfluous fluff. I find her detestable based on her actions.

If there is insufficient evidence of extortion, there is likewise insufficient evidence of domestic violence. However, a decision not to prosecute Mr. Gibson does not necessitate a decision not to file extortion charges. That said, I would not be surprised if neither charge is brought to the grand jury. On the surface, the extortion evidence is stronger than the domestic violence evidence.

The one case that is active is the one in family court. The case where Oksana's behavior choices have indicated a disrespect for the judicial system.

We sit and wait for the next installment.

1392 days ago
37.

eek    

Wondering...ROFLOL!! Great minds thing a like! You and I posted at EXACTLY the same time and we both called 'the letter' damn letter! Too funny!!! And yes--he needs to get it out there. But...it could be that Blair Burke submitted that from the very beginning....I'm still with Blair!

Posted at 2:35 PM on Oct 7, 2010 by fuddyduddy

What letter are you referring to?

1392 days ago
38.

Tellthetruth59    

The forensics test on the Iphone will tell just how many conversations took place, who called who, and how long those conversations were. They will match that information up to the conversations on the tapes sold to Radar.

The tapes are doctored - that is obvious. They did not take place on one day where she "feared for her life." The forensic testing will just confirm that.

You do not edit tapes for negotiation purposes. You edit tapes to extort people. She is fried. That is why she and her hand of thieves have been trying to -- not so subtly -- settle with Mel.

1392 days ago
39.

Shell    

LOL Dotting the i's and crossing the t's. Good Job, guys!!

Oxy and her camp are getting nervous. That's why we're getting all these baloney stories. She's trying to wiggle her way out but she's failing miserably.......LMAO!!

I'm lovin' it!!

1392 days ago
40.

BReasonable    

Extortion implies that a threat was made (i.e., "pay me or else"). Someone told her that the $15M settlement wasn't enough and told her to go for more. that's when she threatened him.

1392 days ago
41.

lee    

You do not edit tapes for negotiation purposes. You edit tapes to extort people. She is fried. That is why she and her hand of thieves have been trying to -- not so subtly -- settle with Mel.


Posted at 2:38 PM on Oct 7, 2010 by Tellthetruth59
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EXACTLY RIGHT

1392 days ago
42.

Jenny    

Here is what she did in a nutshell:

Oksana (probably) told Mel Gibson she was going to force him to pay her money and threatend him with (probably) several devices that were available to her. Oksana told Mel if he didn't pay her she was going to keep his baby away from him, she told him she was going to take the baby to russia if he didn't pay her. Mel probably told her to goto hell with all the threats.

Then Oksana kicked into phase two and begain recording Mel.
This phase two of the extortion is where she solidifies the evidence of her extortion in recorded form.

Oksana provokes and instigates Mel Gibson using his baby as a tool to drive him nearly insane with distraught.
Oksana tortures Mel Gibson and records the outcome of the torture. This is the cruelist method of torture more than physical because the paid resonates for years, using his child.

Phase three she strips Mel Gibson of all ability to defend himsel against the extortion and takes her tapes to the public. That mediation was Mel's only legal method of paying the illegal demands she made

Mel Gibson cannot just pay someone 100's of millions of dollars he would need to justify such a large sum, so the lawyers had to make a contract to pay the extortion.

There was no BIG BAG of money to pay the extortion, with no tangible payout Oksana made the tapes public not satisfied with the terms.

1392 days ago
43.

NICOLE    

If they police it's turning the extortion case over the the LA District Attorney is because she is guilty.


:)

1392 days ago
44.

Bunny that earns scooby snacks!    

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

Posted at 2:32 PM on Oct 7, 2010 by fuddyduddy
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hear, hear....come on, Harvey.

Posted at 2:36 PM on Oct 7, 2010 by Shell

HARVEY...WHERE IS THAT DAMN LETTER?

1392 days ago
45.

NICOLE    

THE police, sorry.. ;)

1392 days ago
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