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Oksana's Lawyers Fight To Keep Lid On Secrets

12/1/2010 6:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Oksana Grigorieva's lawyers are entangled in a legal brawl with the lawyer who negotiated her $15 mil settlement with Mel Gibson ... trying to muzzle him from saying too much to the  L.A. County Sheriff's Department.

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Daniel Horowitz, Oksana's current attorney, has told TMZ Oksana is an "open book" with "nothing to hide."  But TMZ has obtained a chain of emails between Horowitz and Eric George -- which is now in the hands of Sheriff's investigators -- in which Horowitz threatens George that he spills Oksana's secrets at his own peril.

What started all of this was a story TMZ posted about a declaration Oksana submitted to the court, in which she waived the attorney-client privilege.

On November 17, George -- whom we're told is eager to talk to Sheriff's investigators about his discussions with Oksana -- sent Horowitz an email in which he told Horowitz, "I will regard the attorney-client privilege ... to have been waived, and will endeavor to resume with the L.A. Sheriff's Department detectives those portions of my earlier interview for which I had been obliged to invoke the privilege."

Horowitz emailed back on November 20, "You do not have permission to waive or disclose any privileged matters." And then Horowitz threatened, "If you unilaterally waive privilege as you seem to intend to do, you must take full responsibility for those choices.  Nothing that we have said or done authorizes you to do this."

Horowitz then sends an email on November 21, "Eric there are certain materials that only you and Oksana have that has appeared publicly though not released by Oksana."

An indignant George fired back on November 22, "Your email insinuates ... that my law firm leaked or sold privileged communications as well as tapes between the litigants."  George then says if Horowitz and company dare make such an accusation to anyone else, it will "[leave] me no choice but to immediately proceed with an action for defamation."

So far ... there's a stalemate.

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Your Aunt Bea    

yippee!

1390 days ago
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little aussie reader    

Thankyou Harvey!

1390 days ago
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igotfleasfromtmz    

Gone a little too far horowitz

1390 days ago
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little aussie reader    

Horowitz then sends an email on November 21, "Eric there are certain materials that only you and Oksana have that has appeared publicly though not released by Oksana."


And Ox wouldn't have 'released' them would she Horoditz? No, not your beautiful, talented, dignified, silent for too long, client, no way!

You're done son!

1390 days ago
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jd    

Lawyers are s***bags! Sorry Harvey...

1390 days ago
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igotfleasfromtmz    

This is the same guy , right, the one who is GOING TO TELL THE WORLD .............WHAT happend there little man? Things get a little out of control?
RING RING RING OH larry are gonna ever pick up the phone?

1390 days ago
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Cthrew    

LOVES IT!!!!

1390 days ago
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Stacy    

I'm so glad that the chain of emails is "now in the hands of Sheriff's investigators".

Horoditz's lies about Oksana are hilarious! "She's an open book with nothing to hide ". HaHa ROFL :)

1390 days ago
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igotfleasfromtmz    

Ya know there little man if you have any information on extortion you are now party to it. Hope your a floater.

1390 days ago
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JLS    

Eric George's ethics make me shiver.

I predict he is going to get himself in big trouble in this regard. No attorney does this voluntarily - NONE. And she was his client. So much for that notion, huh counselor?

Deeply troubling stuff here. You assume your attorney is always going to put his loyalty toward your cause. This one sucks.

1390 days ago
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shirleyholmes    

I have said it before and I will say it again

Mr. Gibson is THE MAN

1390 days ago
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shirleyholmes    

Freedommmmmmmmmmmmmm

1390 days ago
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Mee    

Mr Horwitz-able thinks Oksana is an open book but she refuses to show Mel her CVS prescription for her 30 pills a day of OXYCODONE

1390 days ago
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little aussie reader    

On November 17, George -- whom we're told is eager to talk to Sheriff's investigators about his discussions with Oksana.

I don't know how to do it here, but I love how they've put "eager to talk" in bold.

1390 days ago
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little aussie reader    

hiya shirley :o) isn't this priceless? Go eric!

1390 days ago
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