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D.A. On Verge Of Charging Mel Gibson

2/28/2011 11:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Sources connected with the Mel Gibson criminal investigation tell TMZ ... Gibson is about to be charged with domestic violence, but Oksana Grigorieva will not be charged with extortion.

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Multiple sources say the die is not officially cast, but the powers that be think there's enough evidence to prosecute Mel, however not enough to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Oksana extorted him -- notwithstanding that she demanded $15 million from him in return for keeping the tapes secret.

All of our sources say ... the turning point for prosecutors was the fact that prior to Oksana going to the Sheriff's Department and accusing Gibson of domestic violence, Mel's family law attorneys filed a declaration in the family law case, in which Mel admits to slapping Oksana -- he says because she was shaking baby Lucia wildly and feared Shaken Baby Syndrome.
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We're told the likely charge against Mel will be misdemeanor domestic violence -- he will not be charged with a felony.  Misdemeanor domestic violence carries a maximum penalty of six months in jail.

Sources say the extortion investigation has become a bone of contention between the D.A. and the L.A. County Sheriff's Department.  We're told Sheriff's investigators believe there is sufficient evidence -- much of which has not been made public -- to prosecute Oksana, but the D.A. doesn't agree.

As for a timetable ... we're told the decision is expected in the next two weeks, and very possibly this week.

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booya2011    

they should get remarried....sike!! lol


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1283 days ago
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Ray    

Let the public have access to what the D.A. has. We can see if Mr. Cooley is telling the truth or being a putz.

1283 days ago
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JLS    

This is appropriate. You cannot slap ANYONE without being charged and he even admitted it.

I also do NOT believe Oksana ever had the intention of extorting him. There isn't any evidence strong enough to warrant her being charged.

Good for the DA. He is applying California Law very well in this matter.

1283 days ago
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kali    

I don't understand how she can possibly get away with everything she has done. Its sickening.

1283 days ago
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Mr Baxter    

Yeah, this makes a lot of sense. Good police work as always. Oks needs to be in jail.

1283 days ago
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kali    

JLS go back to your XXX Charlie fantasies.

1283 days ago
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little aussie reader    

Who are the multiple sources? Ox, Horroditz and Garbus?

1283 days ago
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JLS    

Reality is harsh is it not, Kali? You just can't slap someone. I'm sorry you think it's just fine to do that.

It's speaks volumes about you.

1283 days ago
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frank     

Good can't stomach him to much of this violence agaisnt women like CSheen maybe now they'll think twice bout bulling women

1283 days ago
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kali    

JLS, I don't think you live in reality and that speaks volumes about you.

Charlie is calling ya...

1283 days ago
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Cthrew    

Sad.

1283 days ago
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little aussie reader    

Reality is indded harsh JLS and here's reality for you: no-one cares what a B.S internet lawyer/makeup artist thinks.

1283 days ago
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little aussie reader    

indeed even. Bugger!

1283 days ago
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Cthrew    

The D.A. needs to stop sending up these GD trial balloons and get on with charging who needs to be charged.

1283 days ago
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little aussie reader    

"Sources say the extortion investigation has become a bone of contention between the D.A. and the L.A. County Sheriff's Department. We're told Sheriff's investigators believe there is sufficient evidence -- much of which has not been made public -- to prosecute Oksana, but the D.A. doesn't agree."

Hiya kali and Cthrew - I'm hoping the Sherriff will prevail. How could anyone not see her actions as extortion?

1283 days ago
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