TMZ

Our TV Shows

Got a Tip?

Call TMZ at (888) 847-9869 or Click Here

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.

0301-steve_george_EX

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.


1388 COMMENTS

No Avatar
1336.

KnightsLady    

"On the night of the recording Mel I called Jimmy around or later, I put Mel on the speajer so Jimmy could hear his madness. I told him I was terrifyed in danger and need the place to stay with the baby that mel is threatenning to come and kill me. He told me to come to his place."


I see another flaw in Oksana's logic. She claimed she asked the dentist not to report the abuse she allegedly suffered at Gibson's hand. She claimed she did that to protect Mr. Gibson. And yet she put Jimmy on speaker phone, and called Alecia and her husband, and played the recordings for Mel's therapist, her lawyers, etc etc etc. Is there anybody Oksana did NOT call and let eaves drop on the alleged calls by Mel? Is there anybody she didn't play the freakin' recordings for?

Oh, why, yes there is: the cops.

Here's hoping the WWII motto comes to fruition:

"Loose lips, sink ships."

1296 days ago
1337.

john    

What bugs up about oksana is she thinks she is smarter than us Americans.

She thought she could get the "dumb" Americans to side with the "poor-little-old-innocent" me act of her's.

I guess it worked with some rich and famous guys when she was 20-or 30 , and I guess it works with the 42 plus lawyers, but , once the American Public got a good look at her, we "knew" she was playing MEL and playing us.

That is what pisses us off.

Another person that didn't get the American Psychology was Saddam Hussein .

Oskana and Saddam were really trying to win over the American public , but they came across as "sociopaths".

I keep thinking when Saddam was talking like he was, does this guy understand American's at all. Same with oksana. She doesn't get it.

I guess people were so focused on hating MEL in the beginning , they didn't bother to look at the accuser.

Now we have to get Judge Gordon and the Special Prosecuter to arrest oksana.

Either that or be the laughing stock of the world. Listen Media and Policial People, you have got to show that the AMERICAN WAY still is STRONG in America.

Please don't let us down.

1296 days ago
1338.

Belinda    

"On the night of the recording Mel I called Jimmy around or later, I put Mel on the speajer so Jimmy could hear his madness. I told him I was terrifyed in danger and need the place to stay with the baby that mel is threatenning to come and kill me. He told me to come to his place."


I see another flaw in Oksana's logic. She claimed she asked the dentist not to report the abuse she allegedly suffered at Gibson's hand. She claimed she did that to protect Mr. Gibson. And yet she put Jimmy on speaker phone, and called Alecia and her husband, and played the recordings for Mel's therapist, her lawyers, etc etc etc. Is there anybody Oksana did NOT call and let eaves drop on the alleged calls by Mel? Is there anybody she didn't play the freakin' recordings for?

Oh, why, yes there is: the cops.

Here's hoping the WWII motto comes to fruition:

"Loose lips, sink ships."


Posted at 6:48 PM on Mar 5, 2011 by KnightsLady
________________________________________________________

I think someone else also posted that when she said she needed a place to stay ... she only mentionned the her and the baby. Seems that Sasha was not at the house that night on Feb 18.

And your right about the other flaw in January. Why would she tell the dentist to keep it a secret when she had already told others and she also claims to have already contacted or emailed a lawyer.

So why was the 'dentist' suppose to keep it a secret?

I also think she was 'avoiding' calling the cops, not fearful of anything except that all the elements hadn't been put into place yet. Like the doctor's papers for the supposed concussion and securing other potential 'witnesses' to her magical bruises.

Wonder if it was the dentist that referred her to the unknown doctor for the concussion consult. She never saw that doctor before or even after for that matter.

1296 days ago
1339.

sugart*ts    

Fuddy,

-- Bodyguard ... $13,000

Yet we see no bodyguards...only published whereabouts of child for would be kidnappers.

1296 days ago
1340.

canook    

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
________________________________________________________

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
----------------------------------------
Curious, Belinda
Sasha was born 1997 in August
was Sasha born in America or born in England?
why would Kennedy help to get Ox parents to get visa
to go to England to see their newborn grandson?
something fishy is here..

1296 days ago
1341.

fuddyduddy    

Fuddy, if you are still here, I have a question.

I've been reading the posts here and I saw a comment by Azlee that "MR. CLEAN'S" book should be out by the end of the month.

IF those god forsaken tapes were inadmissable in a court of law after they hit internet and went viral....what's going to happen to Mr. Clean's depos and "EVIDENCE" he handed over to the LASD if that's all published and out in a book before there's even been a decision on whether charges are filled?

Is this why the D.A. is sitting on this and off on vacation, he's waiting for Mr. Clean's book to come out so any and all damaging evidence that supposedly this man has handed in will be null and void because it's all published out in the open?

Posted at 3:51 PM on Mar 5, 2011 by Majestik
----------------------------------------------------------------

Majestik - I didn't read that KH's book would be out at the end of the month. I thought it was April or May timeframe.

I'm sure that if there is a conflict with evidence and the publication of the KH book, then release can be delayed. That does happen from time to time when there are problems and release dates have to be changed.

1296 days ago
1342.

fuddyduddy    

Fuddy,

-- Bodyguard ... $13,000

Yet we see no bodyguards...only published whereabouts of child for would be kidnappers.

Posted at 7:28 PM on Mar 5, 2011 by sugart*ts
<
<
Exactly, and that's why I have posted before that Mel's lawyers need to revisit this and ask for a downward adjustment in child support.

1296 days ago
1343.

Belinda    

Curious, Belinda
Sasha was born 1997 in August
was Sasha born in America or born in England?
why would Kennedy help to get Ox parents to get visa
to go to England to see their newborn grandson?
something fishy is here..

Posted at 7:29 PM on Mar 5, 2011 by canook
______________________________________________________

Hi Canook ...

Sounds like the problem started with either the Russian office that gives out the visas or the American Embassy in Russia maybe. It just seems that Dalton could have sponsored them personally, her parents weren't the first people to ask for visas. Not that I know that much about that. They must have looked like two idiots mentioning Timothy Dalton 007.

Does anyone remember the article when they talk about Dalton and Ox going to the Clinton fundraiser to show support for Clinton while he was having his sex scandal problems? Were TD and OX living in England or America at that time?

Cause if they were living in England I guess your right Canook as to why wouldn't the grandparents go and visit the new grandson in England.

1296 days ago
1344.

Belinda    

Have a good evening everyone.

1296 days ago
1345.

big chief    

V--Does this help? If not, I will save my search steps and give them do you to lead you to this site.


http://www.google.com/custom?hl=en&safe=active&client=pub-2046979521298671&cof=FORID%3A13%3BAH%3Aleft%3BS%3Ahttp%3A%2F%2Fstaging.freecourtdockets.com%3BCX%3AFreeCourtDockets%252Ecom%3BL%3Ahttp%3A%2F%2Fstaging.freecourtdockets.com%2Fimages%2Ffreecasedockets_2_small.gif%3BLH%3A50%3BT%3A%230000ff%3BLC%3A%23000000%3BVLC%3A%23663399%3BDIV%3A%23336699%3B&adkw=AELymgULZQLMt5sJbcDIAHGBhlReAzoiz73rXlPFC9TnwPmPYmsCUPTs3Yv_10KYk1P9YLHJzDjrRGIV9FVT7k03XyWQRMOfSXPmJdMCiMaruzvR8n0_vuFVf6IBHmRiBkjcDNC1vx06&channel=8167531687&boostcse=0&ie=ISO-8859-1&oe=ISO-8859-1&q=martin+garbus&btnG=Search&cx=partner-pub-2046979521298671%3Ahdm92f-8131

1296 days ago
1346.

Janeny    

Also this is kind of interesting and fun - Russian link, but you have to use google translate
http://www.chaskor.ru/article/kommunalka_v_gollivude_18978

1296 days ago
1347.

Janeny    

Belinda
Belinda
http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheat-sheet/item/mel-gibsons-russian-mistress/person-of-interest/

http://articles.nydailynews.com/2009-04-26/gossip/17920582_1_tribeca-film-festival-lincoln-center-bill-clinton

When rumors swirled that Mel Gibson had cheated on his wife with a Russian woman named “Oksana” rumors swirled over her identity. Now speculation can be laid to rest: Pianist Oksana Grigorieva appeared with Gibson last night on the red carpet of X-men Wolverine’s premiere in Los Angeles. Who is Grigorieva? A 2003 profile from Pravda offers a clue: Born in 1970, Grigorieva has studied piano since she was four. Once attached to James Bond star Timothy Dalton, Grigorieva must have also left some impression on Senator Ted Kennedy—they met at a fundraiser for Bill Clinton in Washington while she played the keys, and he helped her parents visit the States after their visas were initially declined by officials. She seems to have settled down with Mel: Reports are circulating that a baby is on its way for Grigorieva and Gibson. Oksana’s friends told Pravda.ru, “Many went abroad, but she did an impossible thing: married a principal bachelor Dalton and born a baby for him!” Looks like she might have just done it again.
http://news.gaeatimes.com/is-mel-gibsons-russian-lover-good-pals-with-ted-kennedy-40386/

1296 days ago
1348.

Midwesterner    

Wonder if it was the dentist that referred her to the unknown doctor for the concussion consult. She never saw that doctor before or even after for that matter.

Posted at 7:13 PM on Mar 5, 2011 by Belinda

________________________________________________

I'm getting confused about this "concussion" doctor. Where did information about him come to light? The doctor she saw for concussion that she mentioned in her declaration is described as her regular internist.

1296 days ago
1349.

Belinda    

Peeking back in ... one more time before I go to bed.

Midwestern ... the doctor that saw her for the first time and told her to get the Cat scan that she never went for and he said when he tried to contact her for a follow up she never returned his call.

The one she saw Jan 8th ... I think.

1296 days ago
1350.

Majestik    

Majestik - I didn't read that KH's book would be out at the end of the month. I thought it was April or May timeframe.

I'm sure that if there is a conflict with evidence and the publication of the KH book, then release can be delayed. That does happen from time to time when there are problems and release dates have to be changed.


Posted at 7:30 PM on Mar 5, 2011 by fuddyduddy

Fuddy,

I was going by what Azlee posted, she had spoken to KH and he told her the book would be out by the end of the month.

Just out of curiousity, if a publishing company bought the rights to KH's book and Mel's team, or Oxymoronic's team said, SEND ME A COPY.....before publishing - would they get one to peruse and decide if it's a conflict?

Or, could the publishing company CLAIM nothing in the book would be detrimental to a court case, or decision, release the book and it's all a conflict of interest but it's now TOO late to pull the book off the shelves?

Thing is, we've seen it's all about the almighty dinero, NO ONE cares whether it's right or not anymore. Just trying to grasp the whole concept here!!!!

1296 days ago
Previous 15 Comments | 87 | 88 | 89 | 90 | 91 | 92 | 93 | Most Recent | Next 15 Comments

Around The Web