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Mel Gibson domestic violence case: Prosecutors closing in on decision

January 19, 2011 |  6:40 am

Mel GibsonMel Gibson's attorney met with a prosecutor Tuesday to discuss whether domestic violence charges would be filed against the actor, as officials moved closer to resolving the long-running case.

Two sources confirmed the meeting. The details of the discussion were not revealed. The sources said prosecutors were getting closer to a decision on whether to charge Gibson but that any prosecution was not imminent.

L.A. County sheriff's investigators have spent months looking into whether Gibson hit  ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva.

Officials have said that case is closely tied to another investigation into whether someone tried to extort money from Gibson.

Gibson and his Grigorieva also are locked in a bitter custody dispute over their year-old daughter, Lucia.

The Los Angeles district attorney's office in October began considering whether to file domestic violence charges related to an alleged attack by the actor-director. But sources have told the Los Angeles Times that prosecutors won't make a decision on the case until the Sheriff's Department has finished its inquiry into claims that Grigorieva or someone close to her attempted to extort money from Gibson.

The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the case was ongoing, said the cases were closely intertwined.

Many of the questions center on the leaking of recordings of Gibson using a racial slur and abusive language during several telephone calls with his former girlfriend.

News of the meeting Tuesday was first reported by Radar Online.


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Photo: Mel Gibson. Credit: Los Angeles Times