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.