EXCLUSIVE: No 'Smoking Gun' In Oksana Extortion Investigation


Dec. 29 2010, Published 9:45 a.m. ET

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The criminal investigation of Mel Gibson's accusations that his baby mama Oksana Grigorieva tried to extort him lacks a "smoking gun", sources close to the case tell exclusively.

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"It's looking more and more like no crime was committed by Oksana," a well placed source with knowledge of the situation tells us. Gibson and his attorney Blair Berk have met previously with Los Angeles Sheriff's Department officials and the Los Angeles District Attorney to discuss what Team Gibson says was extortion on the part of Oksana.

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The investigation is ongoing, but heading rapidly to a decision. The Oscar winning Braveheart director/actor is being investigated for domestic violence against Oksana and that investigation is also getting close to wrapping up.

"There is simply no smoking gun that point to Oksana trying to extort Mel," the source said. "There are emails which Gibson's camp say is clearly extortion." But those emails can also be viewed in the context of an ongoing negotiation between Mel and Oksana regarding custody of their infant daughter.

That makes it tougher to prove extortion, the sources say. "Oksana was represented by a very well regarded lawyer, Eric George" and walked away from a large settlement, said the well-placed source, pointing out complications in any potential criminal case against Oksana."

Extortion is always very, very tough to prove, especially when the person being accused of it was represented by a lawyer at the time, and in the beginning stages of a bitter custody dispute."

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The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department hasn't officially handed over the extortion case to the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office. Blair Berk has told the DA and cops that she wants to meet with them again. Blair is currently out of the country in Israel, and the meeting is expected to happen after New Year.


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