Is Oksana Grigorieva taking the lead?

O’Malley

Oksana Grigorieva has just hired a new lawyer, Dan O’Malley, who is a retired judge, former prosecutor and current candidate for District Attorney of Contra Costa County, CA, who specializes in domestic violence. Problem is … if he wins the election, she loses him.

Daniel Horowitz, one of Oksana’s lawyers, told TMZ that Dan O’Malley will “hook up people in the domestic violence community to help Oksana,” as well as “interface with the L.A. County District Attorney regarding the Mel Gibson domestic violence investigation.”

She must have an army by now …

The fire escape

Sources close to the mediation in May 16 said that Oksana Grigorieva’s sister is in possession of the secret audio recordings in which Mel Gibson goes nuts and that she had the recordings months before they became public.

The recordings became public in July and the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department, among others, are trying to determine who leaked the tapes and who, if anyone, got paid.

That piece of information, if true, may take out the extortion allegations from Oksana’s shoulders.

About that extortion …

L.A. County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson Steve Whitmore told TMZ that “One of the challenges investigators are facing is what is considered a legal negotiating tactic and what constitutes extortion.”

So … was it extortion … or negotiation?

The Icon Trust

Mel and Robyn created the Icon Trust to provide financial security for their kids. But when the trust was drafted, it defined “issue” as kids born from Mel or Robyn, not Mel and Robyn.

So Lucia, Mel Gibson and Oksana Grigorieva daughter is automatically a beneficiary under the trust, something that was never contemplated or intended.

Sources say Mel, Robyn and their 7 kids all love Lucia and want to provide for her, but including Lucia in the trust would create major tax issues.

Problem is … Oksana consented with the first term of the agreement which stated that “Oksana consents to amendment of Icon Trust to exclude Lucia.” She did it because upon Mel’s death, Lucia will receive no less than $4.3 million in addition to the $2 million life insurance policy.

All she has to do now is to disavow the mediation deal so that their daughter, Lucia, could benefit from the Icon Trust.

Could she do that? Let’s see …

The illegal mediation claims

She already did. Oksana Grigorieva disavowed the agreement after signing it, claiming she was bullied into signing the agreement by Mel’s lawyers. They replied they never had contact with Oksana during the two-day mediation.

Her lawyers will argue the mediation agreement Oksana signed with Mel Gibson was illegal, because it allegedly involved the destruction of evidence.

TMZ obtained the agreement Mel and Oksana signed on May 16, in which Mel promised to give Oksana and Lucia approximately $15 million in return for Oksana turning over all “evidence” and that “all evidence will be destroyed …”

Sources directly connected with the mediation told TMZ that the words “domestic violence” or “prosecution” were never mentioned in the mediation. Sources say there was never mention of destroying evidence of a crime.

Will Oksana and her legal team manage to prove it was an illegal mediation?

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Oksana Grigorieva doesn’t want Mel Gibson’s money

According to the “Cohabitation Agreement”, obtained by TMZ, Oksana and Mel both acknowledge “…they have no right to the property of the other…. ”

The agreement states, “Neither party has promised the other to assist in funding any support for each other or the other party’s children from other relationships.”

Sources say there were numerous emails and conversations between Oksana and Mel in which she demanded money, and her demands went into high gear after she secretly recorded Mel Gibson, on February 18.

Daniel Horowitz, asked why Oksana went from not wanting any money in December to asking for millions in May, told TMZ: “When she signed the agreement in December she had no idea Mel would be treating her like a punching bag in January. She gave up her career for a man who started beating her.”

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Was Oksana Grigorieva the victim of Mel Gibson’s extortion?

Everything revolves around the $15 million peace agreement that Oksana refused to sign after failed mediation talks in May.

Lawyers for Mel and Oksana worked out a financial deal for Oksana – she would get a total of $15 mil, which included child support, a house and other assets.

All she had to do is to give back the “evidence”, one source say. The “evidence” includes the Mel Gibson tapes, which Oksana’s lawyers played parts of for Mel’s lawyers.

According to a source, “The tapes loomed large … the word ‘tapes’ was never used in the agreement, but it was central to the deal.”

Mel never paid Oksana under the deal because the short form didn’t spell out the specifics of payment and Oksana refused to sign the longer agreement which contained the details.

Oksana’s lawyer, Daniel Horowitz, told RadarOnline.com: “It is my understanding that attorneys are not permitted to take evidence of a crime and destroy that evidence, under Californian law.”

He said, “Oksana felt that she was being threatened at the mediation and she felt she would lose her daughter and be arrested for making the tapes, if she did not sign the agreement.

“The fact that a room full of Mel Gibson’s lawyers were willing to pay $15 million for the destruction of the tapes and photographs, proves beyond any doubt that they are real.

“Oksana’s concerns were always about the safety of her children. She feared that if the recorded threats against her by Gibson were destroyed, she would have no way of proving that there was a very real danger from him, and that it would just be her word against his.”

In an interview with a Russian newspaper, in July 2010, a close friend of Oksana Grigorieva reveals shocking details about Oksana’s personal relationship and the legal battle with Mel Gibson.

Upset over the way Oksana is being portrayed by the American media, Oksana’s friend contacted Komsomolskaya Pravda, and agreed to give an exclusive interview.

The interview reveals previously undisclosed information about Mel Gibson’s and Oksana’s private life and their financial affairs.

Komsomolskaya Pravda: Lets suppose they didn’t want to be together anymore. But couldn’t they agree about all the aspects amicably?

Oksana Grigorieva’s friend: When Mel realized that Oksana couldn’t stand his outbursts any longer, he became obsessed with the idea of taking their daughter away from her. He decided that he could simply buy the baby and offered $15 million for sole custody. The second condition was for Oksana to keep silent about his fits, threats, etc. His lawyers even prepared some kind of papers. Obviously Oksana would never sell her child. Now Mel keeps blaming Oksana that Lucia-Anne lost her inheritance because of her mother’s stubbornness.

Komsomolskaya Pravda: Mel was probably already giving Oksana quite a lot of money? After all he has an estimated 600 million fortune.

Oksana Grigorieva’s friend: (laughing) You know how they called Oksana in America? Gold-digger! They think she was after his millions. But when Oksana lived with Mel she didn’t ask for a cent from him! They say that he spent 5 million dollars on her. Nonsense! He spent exactly $100 000 when paid for her credit cards. Not a cent more! And half of those $100 000 was spent on food for his own family. It was only in April that Oksana left Mel. Before that they lived together in Malibu not far from his former wife Robyn and her kids. Mel’s relatives would come to their house all the time. Oksana was always treating them. Then Mel would come in the evening and start grumble: “Where’s food?!” Mel also bought Oksana a car for 30 thousand dollars. Those were all the expenses. Imagine, Oksana never even bought her dresses but used to simply hire them!

Read the full interview here

The aborted mediation took place May 15 and 16 and lasted approximately 12 hours, each day and two retired judges oversaw the dispute.

Horowitz told RadarOnline.com: “The role of the attorneys and the retired judges in the creation of this document are probably a major subject of scrutiny and I personally would not to participate in this kind of negotiation, because it is morally ambiguous.”

The twist in Oksana’s offensive comes after she was interviewed Wednesday for more than two hours by the Los Angeles County District Attorney about the alleged smack down Mel Gibson dished out.

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Mel Gibson allegedly begged for forgiveness and Oksana Grigorieva allegedly still loves him

The first part might not be true also but there are some evidence, as TMZ found out.

So, after the January 6 meltdown, Mel Gibson dropped to his knees and begged Oksana Grigorieva for forgiveness, according to sources connected with the case.

It seems Oksana gave L.A. County Sheriff’s investigators an email in which Mel told Oksana he wanted to “come by to make amends to you, Sacha and Lucia.”

He added, “I spent 2 hours with a therapist today & have regained some perspective. What I’m telling you now is I am safe.”

Oksana replied: “I have two broken front teeth and a concussion. I cannot c u today, I’m hurting.”

Mel then responds: “Did you get them fixed yet? When can I see you. I need to see you this evening & then I promise I’ll leave you alone for as long as you want if only for 10 minutes Please.”

Oksana has told Sheriff’s investigators Mel showed up at the house unannounced later that day, came inside, began to cry and begged for forgiveness.

It seems there are hundreds of emails that went back and forth between Oksana Grigorieva and Mel Gibson.

Here is one of them, sent by Oksana on March 30, 2010 about the tapes she secretly recorded.

In this email she said “Depite all the pain I endured, I still love you,” believing that a love like the one between them doesn’t “die so quickly”.

“U always said u r here for a long hold and that’s what I beilived,” she added. “I still don’t know what I’ve done to u to be treated the way I have been.”

Oksana can’t accept the way he stopped loving her, blaiming on his “issues” with his mother and on the influences of Robyn – his ex-wife – and Hanna – his daughter.

“I don’t belive that u stopped loving me just in one phonecall. U either stopped loving me a long time ago or u still love me.”

Oksana then tells Mel she played one of the secretly-recorded messages from February 18 to her lawyer.

“As far as the tapes go, I only played one to my lawyer, becouse on march 15 Michelle proposed on ur behalf not a very generous gift for our daughter and there was nothing for me.”

Although that sounds like Oksana is trying to use the tape to squeeze money out of Mel, one of her current lawyers, Daniel Horowitz, told TMZ Oksana was extremely reluctant to play her lawyer the tape but felt threatened by Mel’s legal team.

Horowitz cites this portion of the email, “My lowyers warned me that ur lawyers are cabaple of false fabrication about me in the press, i.e., an unfit mother, a prostitute etc so u can have the baby and I get to go to my ‘f…ing moth hole’ as u told me. I had no choice, after all of this I had to play one message to them.”

Daniel Horowitz told TMZ, “Oksana was legally entitled to play all of the tapes for her lawyers and most clients would have done so. She was being supremely careful of Mel’s privacy because she knew that even lawyers in Hollywood might lose track of the tapes and she didn’t want to hurt him. This is the opposite of extortion. It’s someone in love who wants things to get better.”

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Oksana Grigorieva to launch the offensive

With the help of her new lawyers, Martin Garbus and Daniel Horowitz, Oksana will file a lawsuit against Mel Gibson, the father of Lucia, for all of the above.

Garbus and Horowitz will serve her reps in connection with the domestic violence investigation against Gibson and the extortion probe against Oksana.

Moreover, they will also argue that Gibson is unlawfully blocking the release of her music.

As for the civil battery case against Gibson, who Oksana says hit her in the face and threatened her life, sources say the plan is to file it by the end of 2010.

An additional aid is given by Violet Kowal who also says she has tapes of her own to prove that she was railing Mel while Oksana was pregnant.

Oksana Grigorieva fired her two criminal defense lawyers

Oksana Grigorieva is fighting to convince the judge to determine Mel Gibson to pay much more than $5000 for her monthly child support. She wants more than $40,000.

But before convincing the judge she must defend herself from a criminal investigation. More precisely – extortion accusations from Mel Gibson’s lawyers.

However, she fired yesterday her two criminal defense lawyers: Mary Fulginiti and James Spertus. Some sources say the breakup was “ugly”.

Fulginiti and Spertus were handling, among other things, the Sheriff’s Department investigation into Mel’s claim that Oksana tried to extort him.

We might suspect that this breakup has something to do with her recent visit to Sorrell Trope, one of the most prominent family law attorneys in Los Angeles.

In the past, Trope’s firm has represented the likes of Brooke Mueller, Victoria Hopper, Anna Nicole Smith and Britney Spears.

Who knows, maybe she fired Fulginiti and Spertus because she had too many lawyers and too many bills to pay … Or maybe Sorrell Trope promised her he can deal the criminal investigation by himself …

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Oksana Grigorieva hits cavalry – top family law attorney

Oksana Grigorieva met for two hours with Sorrell Trope – considered one of the toughest family law attorney in the divorce bid.

In the past, Trope’s firm has represented the likes of Brooke Mueller, Victoria Hopper, Anna Nicole Smith and Britney Spears.

Oksana Grigorieva is fighting to convince the judge to determine Mel Gibson to pay much more than $5000 for her monthly child support. She wants more than $40,000.

So far she hasn’t been able to obtain more money from Mel Gibson due to a settlement agreement she signed back in May – a settlement she is now trying to disavow.

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Oksana Grigorieva asked judge to make Mel Gibson pay for her PR

It seems Oksana Grigorieva racked up $84.000 in PR expenses and certain unpaid legal fees.

TMZ found out that Oksana felt hiring PR reps was the only way counter someone as big and powerful as Mel Gibson. Oksana – who insists she didn’t sell the tapes – felt she was getting trashed in the media.

Oksana wants Judge Scott Gordon in the custody/child support case, to clear the $84.000 debt, according to sources.

But the judge would never award money for PR expenses. Aside from legal fees, Judge Gordon would adjust the existing agreement – $5,000 a month plus the house – only based on the needs of baby Lucia.

Oksana Grigorieva was asking the judge to determin Mel Gibson to pay much more than $5000 for her monthly child support. She wants more than $40,000.

It seems the judge has yet to rule on the request.

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Oksana Grigorieva is asking Mel Gibson more money for Lucia, their daughter

Oksana Grigorieva is asking the judge to determin Mel Gibson to pay much more than $5000 for her monthly child support. She wants more than $40,000, according to TMZ sources.

Mel Gibson pays, besides her monthly child support, the Sherman Oaks house where they live. But she wants almost ten times more!

Interesting enough, Oksana gets $2,500 a month in child support from Timothy Dalton — the father of her 13-year-old son Alexander, says TMZ.

Indeed, it’s hard to convince Judge Scott Gordon that a 9 month old baby needs nearly 20 times more money than a 13 year old boy.

One source scoffed, “Lifestyle is not an issue for a 9-month-old. Think she knows the difference between a Ford and a Bentley?”

Sources say Judge Gordon has not ruled on Oksana’s petition for more dough.

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