Sheriff will investigate Mel Gibson’s extortion claim against Oksana Grigorieva


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The investigation into allegations of domestic violence brought against Mel Gibson by Oksana Grigorieva is being expanded to include a look-see into allegations by the actor that his ex-girlfriend attempted to extort money from him, L.A. Now reports.

A Los Angeles County sheriff’s spokesman said Wednesday that investigators are ‘looking into’ the report of an extortion attempt related to the string of taped conversations that have been made public over the last couple of weeks.


Gibson attorney Blair Berk reportedly presented evidence of the alleged extortion to sheriff’s department investigators on Tuesday.

Also on Wednesday, Radar Online published what it says is a picture of the couple’s child, Lucia, with an abrasion on her face, and quoted an unnamed source ‘with knowledge of the situation’ as saying a doctor diagnosed Grigorieva with a concussion in January.

Incidentally, this link doesn’t go to the picture posted by Radar -- but it might as well.

-- Christie D’Zurilla

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