Mel Gibson won’t be hauled into court by the Los Angeles district attorney on charges of domestic violence against his former girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva — at least not right away
Even though the D.A.’s office received the sheriff’s department report on Grigorieva’s allegations late Wednesday, for the next little while this is still a case of “hurry up and wait.”
That’s because there are two sides to this case – Mel’s, and former girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva’s – and the district attorney can’t do a thing until both sides are presented.
“We will review what we have so far,” D.A. spokesperson Sandi Gibbons said in a statement to TheWrap.
But a person close to the investigation tells TheWrap that one thing that’s holding up the investigation is that not all is tight or smooth between police and prosecutors on this case.
“Regardless of what you have heard, the Sheriff’s department have not been working closely with the D.A.,” the person told TheWrap, “and they have no idea when they’ll will see the Grigorieva report.”
The sheriff’s department began an investigation of Gibson in early July after Grigorieva, who filed a restraining order against the actor on June 24 to keep him away form her and their 8-month daughter, brought forth allegations that the American-born and Australian-raised actor assaulted her on Jan 6, 2010. Grigorieva alleges that Gibson punched her in the head in Jan. and broke her teeth.
“The Passion of the Christ” director could face up to four years in jail if the D.A. decides to press charges and he is found guilty.
Gibon claims that Grigorieva used a series of audio tapes leaked to Radaronline to extort him, a claim that the sheriff’s department has been investigating.