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Mel Gibson domestic violence case going to prosecutors in two weeks

August 9, 2010 | 11:30 am

Melandgirlfriend Detectives will present their evidence in the Mel Gibson domestic violence investigation to L.A. County prosecutors in two weeks, a Sheriff's Department spokesman said Monday.

The detectives have been working for more than a month on the high-profile case. Spokesman Steve Whitmore declined to provide details about what was found but said the department will present evidence to prosecutors, who will determine whether charges should be filed.

Authorities are examining allegations that Gibson struck his former girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva, but they are also looking into claims that Grigorieva or someone close to her tried to extort money from Gibson.

Some of the evidence in the case is on a cellphone that Grigorieva used, and sheriff’s officials have brought in the department's top expert on extracting and reviewing that type of information. Investigators are particularly interested in text and e-mails between the couple, according to one of the sources.

Gibson, who is under investigation for alleged domestic violence and child endangerment in connection with an incident earlier this year, spoke to detectives about the extortion allegations against Grigorieva, with whom he had a child.

-- Andrew Blankstein

Photo: Mel Gibson and Oksana Grigorieva earlier this year. Credit: Jacques Brinon / Associated Press