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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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LA me    

Oinky has a past history of extortion at the end of her relationships. Too bad Mel was the only one with big enough balls to call her out! Shame on all the other p*ssies!

1332 days ago
17.

nightshade    

From Rachel Uchitel to Oksana Grigorieva, I can't stand how these women are getting away with blackmail.

1332 days ago
18.

anonymous    

You have got to be kidding me.

-TEAM MEL-

1332 days ago
19.

Also Pedantic    

I can't believe a site like TMZ can't afford something as basic and essential as an editor.

Hint: "dye" is used to tint something, like hair dye.

"Die" is the singular of "dice" and is the correct form to use in the phrase "the die is cast." Casting dye doesn't even make any sense.

HIRE AN EDITOR.

1332 days ago
20.

kali    

You know to me the interesting thing as well is the door they are opening for future extortion attempts on celebrities if she isn't charged.

Just like when Uchatel opened that door, look at the several skanks that followed..

1332 days ago
21.

twilightmom    

JLS....the "lower" speaketh. Tee her! (thxs Mac!)
Harvey? Have you been talking to Boinky again? Tsk tsk! You know you can't believe anything she says! :/ whatsa' matter? Charlie got you bent outta shape? )o:

1332 days ago
22.

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ALL THESE MONTHS OF "MAN-HOURS" IN AN INVESTIGATION FOR A MISDEMEANOR ??

TOTAL COST NEEDS TO BE MADE PUBLIC !!

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1332 days ago
23.

kali    

Hey little, didn't the sheriff department even bring in outside sources like professors & such as well?

1332 days ago
24.

Lynn317    

"dye is not officially cast" ? Really?

Shouldn't it be "die is not officially cast" ?

1332 days ago
25.

Lynn317    

The "dye" is cast? Wrong word. It should be "die is cast"

1332 days ago
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WHOEVER IS "CONVICTED" NEEDS TO FULLY-REIMBURSE THE INVESTIGATING COSTS AS THEIR FINE.

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1332 days ago
27.

twilightmom    

Oops...that should be: tee hee! Damn autotype!

JLS- did you do makeup for the Oscars tonight?

The D.A. has to be deaf, dumb, and blind to not see what the LASD sees. WTF?

1332 days ago
28.

Cthrew    

I'm hoping the Sherriff will prevail. How could anyone not see her actions as extortion?--little aussie reader

Hi lar! Well, I'm convinced there's enough evidence to charge her and I haven't even seen all the evidence.

I DO believe that Oksana, not Mel, will ultimately be the social outcast of Hollywood.

1332 days ago
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little aussie reader    

Hey little, didn't the sheriff department even bring in outside sources like professors & such as well?

Posted at 1:22 AM on Feb 28, 2011 by kali

Computer experts too kali. I can't believe nothing has been found. If true, is this political?

1332 days ago
30.

me    

I agree with JLS. And if he's found guilty, I hope they throw his nasty ass in jail.

1332 days ago
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