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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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dunamis    

Being charged doesn't mean Mel is convicted. If he goes to trial he has a chance of acquittal. It will also bring out some things about OG out of hiding. His legal team would love to get her on the stand.

Also, it says OG won't be charged with extortion--she could still be charged with something else. Only LE and the DA's office know if there is evidence of another/lesser crime.

1150 days ago
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Cat    

The only reason MG may be charged with anything is due to the fact the man admitted hitting OG while she was threatening him by shaking the baby Lucia. If MG were really the dirty rotten so and so that OG has perported him to be, he would never have admitted such a thing, MG would have portrayed this whole situation in the same slimy way OG has portrayed herself, totally above reproach. Lets take heart in the fact that if for some reason the Ukranian Peroghy Queen (OG) is not charged, the DA will prove that he has been influenced and the foreign media will have a wonderful time showing the California Justice system is a broken down, corrupt mess. But think of Karma and what it has in store for OG, may the reprocussions perpetuate and return to her, all that she has inflicted on others who have trusted her and found they are merely stepping stones in her miserable wake.

1150 days ago
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rach    

good, shame him for being abusive to a womem.Its not cool men

1150 days ago
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dunamis    

The DA will only charge if they think they can get a conviction. It doesn't mean they think OG is innocent. It just means there isn't enough proof to convict her of extortion. They may still charge her with something else. To them, it would be a waste of time and money to charge her with extortion, knowing there's not enough evidence to convict. They like to win.

Mel admitted to slapping her (why I don't know). That's why he's being charged.

1150 days ago
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Karls    

If that is the case then why hasnt he been charges already? Why wait up to 2 weeks?

1150 days ago
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Karls    

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If Oinky is not charged, this would be a travesty. She has done the same thing (extortion) to all the men in her past. Seems as if Mel was the only man with the balls to stand up to her! What a bunch of pansies the rest of them are.

Posted at 2:31 AM on Feb 28, 2011 by LA me


Hey LA hows it going?
I totaly agree with you.. Im feeling a little bit ****** off at the moment

1150 days ago
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dunamis    

Shocker:

Exactly! It doesn't say Mel WILL be charged or she won't. I suspect they're still looking over evidence, and from what the DA is seeing, it's leaning toward Mel is charged and OG isn't.

There is so much to look at. We'll just have to wait and see.

1150 days ago
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kr    

will she be tried for child abuse? I hope he gets custody of the kid

1150 days ago
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Tellthetruth59    

This is what Mel gets for being honest. He should have lied like that foreign piece of sh.it that abused our legal system. DA is a joke! He'd better pray his side piece doesn't get the same idea as Ox.

1150 days ago
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Cthrew    

Being charged doesn't mean Mel is convicted. If he goes to trial he has a chance of acquittal. It will also bring out some things about OG out of hiding. His legal team would love to get her on the stand.

Absolutely! Excellent point. It augers badly for Oksana, too, I think,that the charge is a misdemeanor and not a felony. That will set the bar impossibly high for her to make a killing in the civil court. Actually, I think the D.A. is probably performing a little quid pro quo here, reducing the charge against Mel in exchange for not charging Oksana. She has barely dodged a bullet.

1150 days ago
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kr    

i'm a little shocked with ppl saying you can't slap someone when she was potentially killing his child!! If she were doing that to MY child she'd be lucky to be alive today!

1150 days ago
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gonesi    

"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?

Posted at 1:17 AM on Feb 28, 2011 by little aussie reader
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this may be why the DA did not get re elected and is just serving the remainder of his time. He is soft on crime.

I've known NARCs who gave put together wonderful cases on
drug dealers, only to have a DA that is either lazy or incompetent, refuse to prosecute.

1150 days ago
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rika    

@Cat

You're right, he would portray himself as totally above reproach, and judging by the fact that you buy his BS story of why he did the hitting, it's working.At least on you.

1150 days ago
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dunamis    

The Prosecutor's Office anywhere is usually so overloaded they don't want to go to trial if they can strike pleas.

1150 days ago
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dunamis    

I meant to add if they can strike plea deals, not pleas.

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