Mel Gibson’s domestic violence case is unlikely to proceed until his charge that his ex-lover Oksana Grigorieva engaged in an attempt to extort money from him is investigated, according to the Los Angeles Times. The Times quoted Steve Whitmore, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, who said that the investigation of Grigorieva and her entourage for extortion is continuing. It will be several weeks before the Sheriff’s Department will be able to present the evidence to prosecutors.
Before the determination is made to prosecute Grigorieva or a member of her entourage for extortion, it is highly unlikely that prosecutors will take action against Gibson on domestic violence charges. That investigation was concluded several weeks ago by the Sheriff’s Department and the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office is in possession of the Department’s findings into whether the movie star physically assaulted Grigorieva, his ex-mistress.
Times reporter Richard Winton quoted anonymous sources who contended that both cases are “heavily intertwined.”
Two of Grigorieva’s lawyers will be interviewed by detectives conducting the Grigorieva extortion investigation, although the sources told Winton that neither one of the attorney was a suspect.
Gibson Rant Tapes
The Gibson-Grigorieva imbroglio went public early this summer when some one in Oksana Grigorieva’s camp leaked audiotapes of a violently angry Mel Gibson browbeating and threatening her over the telephone. Grigorieva is the mother of his baby daughter. A media sensation, the now notorious “Gibson rant tapes” likely will be inadmissible as evidence, complicating any prosecution of Gibson for allegedly hitting Grigorieva.
The tapes were leaked to the celebrity Web site Radaronline, which is affiliated with the tabloid the National Enquirer, which is known to pay its sources for information. Oksana Grigorieva has denied leaking the tapes, which would have constituted an illegal act as it violated a custody agreement she signed with Gibson. Their case involving their infant daughter was supposed to be sealed, and a gag order was placed on both parties.
On Juky 11th, the celebrity Web site TMZ carried a story in which Grigorieva denied leaking the tapes, claiming she had “no idea” who did. Oksana also told reporters that “it was terrible” that the tapes were leaked. Gibson’s lawyers responded by asking the court to have her held in contempt for leaking the tapes.
According to Mel Gibson’s camp, the tapes has been held over the soon-to-be ex-cinema superstar’s head, as the public revelation of the volatility of his temperament, his threats of violence against the mother of his child, and and his racist remarks as caught on tapes of telephone conversations between the couple would have destroyed his career if they were released. The Gibson rant tapes were released, and the Oscar-winner’s career is a shambles.
It now has come to light that the Gibson rant tapes were in the possession of Oksana’s sister, Natalie Grigorieva. According to a TMZ story published on September 28th, Natalie had the tapes in her possession for months before they were leaked.
This revelation indicates that it was Natalie Grigorieva who likely was the source of the tapes and who likely benefited financially from the leak of the tapes. The question is whether she gave her sister Oksana some or all of the money. Oksana has been crying poor month for months, claiming that Gibson has failed to provide for her or their daughter financially, charges Gibson has denied.
If Oksana was part of a conspiracy to use the tapes to extort money from Mel or engineered the leak of the tapes and benefited financially from that action, she could be in legal jeopardy. And the leak of the tapes for money will negate prosecutors being able to use them to nail Gibson tighter to the cross he finds himself on in the public eye.
Mel Gibson may escape prosecution, but he has been convicted in the court of public opinion.
Los Angeles Times, “Mel Gibson domestic violence probe delayed as detectives focus on extortion claims,” by Richard Winton
TMZ.com, “Oksana on Gibson Rant Tapes: Wasn’t Me!”; “Oksana’s Sister in Possession of Mel Gibson Tapes”