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Mel Gibson extortion case delivered to L.A. prosecutors

February 16, 2011 | 12:56 pm

Mel GibsonL.A. Sheriff's Department detectives have sent their investigation into allegations that Mel Gibson was extorted to prosecutors, who will decide whether to file charges.

L.A. County sheriff's investigators have spent months looking into whether Gibson hit  ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva and launched a separate but related probe into whether someone tried to extort money from Gibson.

Gibson and Grigorieva also are locked in a bitter custody dispute over their 1-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 told The 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.


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Photo: Mel Gibson. Credit: Los Angeles Times