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D.A. Gets Financial Help From Oksana's Lawyer

3/3/2011 11:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

L.A. County District Attorney Steve Cooley -- whose office will soon decide the fate of Oksana Grigorieva and Mel Gibson -- attended 2 fundraisers on his own behalf at the home of the lawyer who negotiated Oksana's $15 million settlement ... which is the core of the extortion investigation.

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TMZ has learned Eric George, a prominent Beverly Hills civil lawyer, hosted both campaign fundraisers last year, while the L.A. County Sheriff's Department was conducting its investigation. 

And documents reveal ... George contributed more than $8,000 to Cooley in 2010 ...  of that, George contributed $1,992 in August ... while the Sheriff's investigation of Oksana was going full bore ... we do know, however, George has had a long-standing friendship with Cooley and has made contributions to him in the past.

As TMZ first reported, George negotiated a $15 million package for Oksana during her mediation in May, 2010.  Law enforcement sources tell us ... Sheriff's investigators believe there's "strong evidence " that Oksana extorted Mel by threatening to release the explosive tapes unless she got the money.

TMZ broke the story that the D.A.'s office disagrees with Sheriff's investigators and has all but decided not to prosecute Oksana, but we're told Mel Gibson will be charged with misdemeanor domestic violence.

And we've learned ... Cooley has been involved -- holding a meeting in his office in December to review the case, though a D.A. spokesperson says no decisions were made during that meeting.
 
There is grousing among some people in law enforcement -- especially in the Sheriff's Department -- that Cooley should have completely removed himself from the decision-making process given the fundraisers and contributions from George.

George had no comment to TMZ, but a Sheriff's spokesperson has told us the only person under investigation in the extortion matter is Oksana.

Although sources tell us the die has already been cast, a D.A. spokesperson tells TMZ ... prosecutors will make a filing decision "very soon" and Cooley likely will not participate -- because he's about to go on a long-standing, out-of-town vacation for a week and a half.

The spokesperson would not say whether Cooley would make the filing decision if he's back in town when his deputies make their recommendation.


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1321.

Majestik    

#27 Janet Thompson Deaver

Before Timothy Dalton or Mel Gibson came into Oksana Grigorieva’s life, she was a virtuoso performer and child prodigy trained in the classics. The ability to merge Joni Mitchell into Rachmaninoff with finesse proves her genius. No man possesses Oksana; therefore, when the press states’ “Gibson’s girlfriend” they incorrectly state Oksana Grigorieva’s destined place in history. She uses no man; however, others used her! Before condemning, listen to her songs. Oksana, the world is yours to conquer! Oksana is a gifted pianist
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# 28 laughing @ 08/21/2009 at 3:45 pm

Holy freak n frack, Tell...that poster then came over here and posted on TMZ as SORNTOLC. MY GOD, does it get any eerier than this? This HAS SORN written all over it. BTW, where the hell, and what happened to Sorn? ROFLMAO

1235 days ago
1322.

Curious    

Whew . . . ok, caught breath and not gonna even look at a Majestik post until face uncramps. =P


Perhaps some of our diggers (I'm looking at V) can do better, but after far too many hours yesterday and today, the ONLY conflict of interest report I could find on Attorney George has to do with Hawaiian Ocean Shipping antitrust litigation in the Leslie Brodie Report.

The litigation was actually handled by our buddy C-O-T-C-H-E-T-T and his firm.
http://www.cpmlegal.com/practicearea-antitrust.php

So I took a look at who Leslie Brodie was.

http://abovethelaw.com/2010/02/crazy-spammer-maligns-san-francisco-law-firm-and-berkeley-3l/

http://crimlaw.blogspot.com/2010/02/kerr-wagstaffe-final-word.html


Given that, I'm discounting the whole class action broohaha she made.

1235 days ago
1323.

Curious    

Daughter's home! I'm off.

Ya'll be well and stay frosty.

Tohidu.

1235 days ago
1324.

Majestik    

So, Ted pulled the strings and the visa was issued. As simple as that. I am sure she had his direct cell phone #.

Posted at 5:50 PM on Mar 5, 2011 by Janeny

Gotta love it, eh Janeny, being as you are Russian you must've had to go through the same crap I DID when applying for a visa being Canadian and wanting to hit America. It don't take FIVE FREAKIN" days to get a visa, I don't care where you are travelling from. In Canada, especially in my province where you stand for two hours to apply, it takes six to eight weeks to get a VISA for travel. And that's AFTER they do a thorough investigation to make sure you have NO convictions, EVEN from Twenty years ago will impede the process. Hell, we have one guy that's being detained in Toronto, he's a citizen of England, he got stuck on the NO FLY ZONE list because he visited Iraq, has an IRAQI wife who's a landed immigrant of Canada but because he was looking for work there, he's NOW ****ED????

1235 days ago
1325.

anonym    

Thought you guys would get a kick out of this comment left about Ox on a gossip site when she first started dating Gibson. Bet you all didn't know she was a child prodigy.

#27 Janet Thompson Deaver

Before Timothy Dalton or Mel Gibson came into Oksana Grigorieva’s life, she was a virtuoso performer and child prodigy trained in the classics. The ability to merge Joni Mitchell into Rachmaninoff with finesse proves her genius. No man possesses Oksana; therefore, when the press states’ “Gibson’s girlfriend” they incorrectly state Oksana Grigorieva’s destined place in history. She uses no man; however, others used her! Before condemning, listen to her songs. Oksana, the world is yours to conquer! Oksana is a gifted pianist
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# 28 laughing @ 08/21/2009 at 3:45 pm
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Hi Oksana/Janet!!! Nice to see you posting about yourself.

http://justjared.buzznet.com/2009/08/13/oksana-mel-gibons-got-great-timbre/comment-page-2/#comments

Posted at 5:45 PM on Mar 5, 2011 by Tellthetruth59

It sounds oxy has a serious mental disease

1235 days ago
1326.

Midwesterner    

(snipped)

Opps! Forgot that in the financial terms Ox could provide plenty herself -- didn't she say she was earning at least $100.000 BEFORE she met Mel :)

Posted at 1:48 PM on Mar 5, 2011 by champix_o

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No. She didn't say she "earned" a hundred thou a year before Mel. She said she "had" a hundred thou a year before Mel. Perhaps she conducted a lower-scale type of extortion prior to Mel.

1235 days ago
1327.

Majestik    

Scenario #1 - Mel calls her on her cell - she puts it on speaker. Herzog is standing right there and uses his IPHONE to record the convo, hence we get, "WE" can hear you.

Scenario #2 - Exactly the same as above only it's Jimmy da Weasel standing there with his Iphone.

Scenario #3 - Oxymoronic gets a call from Mel on her cell, she tells him her battery is dying, call the landline. Boom, SETUP.

Scenario #4 - She doesn't answer her cell, he calls the house, she automatically starts recording.

NOW!!! Jimmy Da Weasel seems to have been around even when she and Mel were together. She claimed he was there the night of the blowup, claimed he was the first she called when the phone calls came through. HOW ABOUT...TFH, Jimmy was in the house the night of Feb. when he phone call was recorded, he was the one that coached her on what to say what to do. Let's remember, Jimmy claims he'd seen major blowup for nine months between Mel and Oxymanure so he would KNOW what would set him off, what to tell Oxymanure to say to get him going. I'm starting to wonder if Jimmy isn't a HUGE part of this whole scandal, come one, how much money did oxymanure offer Jimmy to get into the thick of it?

Posted at 5:36 PM on Mar 5, 2011 by Majestik

Hertzog couldn't be there. Remember he was sentenced in Oct. 2009 and served 255 days---that would be being released sometime in May depending when he started serving his time.

Posted at 5:57 PM on Mar 5, 2011 by Confused


makes sense of Jimmy Da Weasel, now doesn't it. And this guy is an assistant sound editor or something like that. He works in the sound industry. I'll bet he's the freakin' one that Mel was talking about on the phone when he said "You probably F'd him and he's ugly" The pictures we saw from one of her depos and then Valentine's Day would make sense, if she THOUGHT Mel was jealous of Jimmy, accused her of sleeping with him, he's the FIRST ONE she's going to be out and photographed with on Valentine's Day trying to make jealous and We know damn well, she's trying to do that LOL

1235 days ago
1328.

Majestik    

The litigation was actually handled by our buddy C-O-T-C-H-E-T-T and his firm.
http://www.cpmlegal.com/practicearea-antitrust.php

So I took a look at who Leslie Brodie was.

http://abovethelaw.com/2010/02/crazy-spammer-maligns-san-francisco-law-firm-and-berkeley-3l/

http://crimlaw.blogspot.com/2010/02/kerr-wagstaffe-final-word.html


Given that, I'm discounting the whole class action broohaha she made.

Posted at 6:00 PM on Mar 5, 2011 by Curious


O...M...G... are you walking on posting eggshells now? ROFLMA.

1235 days ago
1329.

Majestik    

Hey all, have a fantabulous night. I'm off, the hubs is home and it's our bro-in-laws fifty tonight so we are off to the Oasis to celebrate.

I'll wait until tomorrow to see if Fuddy shows up and ask her my question again.

Night all!!!!

1235 days ago
1330.

Confused    

makes sense of Jimmy Da Weasel, now doesn't it. And this guy is an assistant sound editor or something like that. He works in the sound industry. I'll bet he's the freakin' one that Mel was talking about on the phone when he said "You probably F'd him and he's ugly" The pictures we saw from one of her depos and then Valentine's Day would make sense, if she THOUGHT Mel was jealous of Jimmy, accused her of sleeping with him, he's the FIRST ONE she's going to be out and photographed with on Valentine's Day trying to make jealous and We know damn well, she's trying to do that LOL

Posted at 6:14 PM on Mar 5, 2011 by Majestik

Didn't the Russian newspapers hint of a romance?

1235 days ago
1331.

Janeny    


http://www.last.fm/music/Josh+Groban/_/un+dia+llegara by Josh Groban – un dia llegara (4:13)

This is the only music I found. No concerto by Oksana. I remember Mel saying she was unable to endure the entire concert. Of course he might have said that to humiliate her but I think he had a point considering her disorder. Playing a whole concert is a lot of stress she was not able to endure. This is why I am kind of amazed at how she handled that phone conversation and stay so calm, she sounded very confident and safe for somebody who was not confident enough to play a concert.

1235 days ago
1332.

Belinda    

Ok, here's the Kennedy blurb -

--The Russian enchantress who Mel Gibson is now linked with - and who had a child with Timothy Dalton - also left an impression on Ted Kennedy. A brunette concert pianist, Oksana Grigorieva met the senator in Washington during a fund-raiser for Bill Clinton. Just six weeks later, her parents in Russia attempted to get a visa to visit her and their new grandchild, but, a source tells us, "They were refused, because they said the father was Timothy Dalton - 007 - and the authorities thought they were trying to scam them." Grigorieva asked Kennedy for help and the visa was provided within days.--
http://articles.nydailynews.com/2009-04-26/gossip/17920582_1_tribeca-film-festival-lincoln-center-bill-clinton

Why does this read like something lifted from ROL?

Posted at 4:12 PM on Mar 5, 2011 by Curious
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You would think that if they were refused entry because they said the father was Timothy Dalton 007 and authorities thought it was a scam ... that Timothy Dalton 007 would have contacted those authorities or showed up and said yes it's me and vouched for them.

I personally think if they were denied entry it's more because authorities thought their papers were suspicious or something like that.

1235 days ago
1333.

Confused    

Ok, here's the Kennedy blurb -

--The Russian enchantress who Mel Gibson is now linked with - and who had a child with Timothy Dalton - also left an impression on Ted Kennedy. A brunette concert pianist, Oksana Grigorieva met the senator in Washington during a fund-raiser for Bill Clinton. Just six weeks later, her parents in Russia attempted to get a visa to visit her and their new grandchild, but, a source tells us, "They were refused, because they said the father was Timothy Dalton - 007 - and the authorities thought they were trying to scam them." Grigorieva asked Kennedy for help and the visa was provided within days.--
http://articles.nydailynews.com/2009-04-26/gossip/17920582_1_tribeca-film-festival-lincoln-center-bill-clinton

Why does this read like something lifted from ROL?

Posted at 4:12 PM on Mar 5, 2011 by Curious
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You would think that if they were refused entry because they said the father was Timothy Dalton 007 and authorities thought it was a scam ... that Timothy Dalton 007 would have contacted those authorities or showed up and said yes it's me and vouched for them.

I personally think if they were denied entry it's more because authorities thought their papers were suspicious or something like that.

Posted at 6:25 PM on Mar 5, 2011 by Belinda


I love the Russian enchantress bit--sounds like something out of Ox's mouth.

1235 days ago
1334.

Belinda    

I love the Russian enchantress bit--sounds like something out of Ox's mouth.

Posted at 6:28 PM on Mar 5, 2011 by Confused
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Enchantress ... sexual sorceress. She simply magical!

1235 days ago
1335.

Janeny    

Didn't the Russian newspapers hint of a romance?

Posted at 6:23 PM on Mar 5, 2011 by Confused

The Russian newspapers do not seem to have a direct access - they pick up from the U.S. papers, same stuff. They used to interview her mommy and daddy, or her close Russian friend in LA who called them on the phone a couple of times but now as they all shut up, there is no fresh news. The comments about her are mostly negative.

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