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Mel Gibson case goes to prosecutors with no recommendation on charges

Senior officials in the L.A. County district attorney's office will get a final briefing before deciding whether to prosecute the actor for domestic violence and his ex-girlfriend for extortion.

March 04, 2011|By Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times
  • Mel Gibson's lawyers accuse his former girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva, of trying to extort money from him. Grigorieva has accused Gibson of punching her and threatening her with a gun during an altercation at his Malibu home last year.
Mel Gibson's lawyers accuse his former girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva,… (Matt Sayles / Associated…)

Mel Gibson and his ex-girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva, soon will learn whether they will face criminal charges connected to their ugly break-up.

Senior officials in the Los Angeles County district attorney's office are to be briefed next week on the evidence against Grigorieva, the final step in determining whether to prosecute Gibson for domestic violence and his former flame for extortion, a spokeswoman said.

Grigorieva has accused Gibson of punching her and threatening her with a gun during an altercation at his Malibu home last year. His lawyers have accused her of trying to extort money from him with now infamous recordings of his racist, profane rants.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department conducted separate probes of the allegations. Detectives wrapped up the domestic violence investigation last summer, but deputies looking into the more complicated extortion matter only recently completed a six-month investigation.

Those investigators presented prosecutors with their findings Feb. 16, but did not say whether they believed the evidence amounted to a crime, said district attorney's spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons.

"The investigating officer … was asked specifically and he told us they were presenting evidence to us and it would be up to us to decide what to file against whom," Gibbons said.

harriet.ryan@latimes.com

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