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Report: Oksana Grigorieva's sister suspected of leaking Mel Gibson tapes [Updated]

July 23, 2010 |  1:20 pm

6a00d8341c630a53ef0133f254e509970b-pi[1] Authorities are looking into whether Natalie Grigorieva -- younger sister of Mel Gibson's ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva -- was the source of audiotapes leaked to a celebrity website, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The Reporter cites sources close to the investigation, including one who alleges Natalie shopped the tapes to various outlets, asking that money change hands before anyone listened to the goods.

[Updated, 3:00 p.m.: Oskana on Friday lashed out at her ex in public, blaming him for various accusations: "Mel is lying. He is lying. There is no extortion. There's no texts and no e-mails ... I am fighting for my child. He’s just a liar, and it will come in the court, just wait."

She also defended Natalie, saying her sister didn't have the tapes. "She erased them a long time ago."]

Radar editor David Perel has maintained the website coughed up no dough for the audio. "We did not pay for the tapes," he told the Daily Beast. "Not a dime." On Howard Stern's show, Perel said Oksana wasn't the source of the tapes.

On June 25, Mel secured a restraining order prohibiting Oksana from making the tapes public. On July 1, details about the tapes began to leak, with the first of six tapes so far being made public July 9.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Oksana Grigorieva on Feb. 1, 2010. Credit: Juan Medina / Reuters

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