A war has erupted and Oksana Grigorieva is in the middle of it, only this time, it's squarely between people in her own camp and not Mel Gibson's at all.
Mel's baby mama's lawyers are entangled in a legal brawl with her former lawyer, who negotiated her $15 million settlement with Mel earlier this year.
Oksana backed out of that deal at the last minute - the reasons why are highly disputed - and her lawyers want to muzzle her former legal shot-caller.
Shady. Very shady.
Daniel Horowitz, the current attorney for Oksana Grigorieva, says his client is an "open book" with "nothing to hide." But a chain of emails suggests otherwise.
Communication between Horowitz and Eric George, her former legal eagle, appears to entail the former threatening the latter about spilling her secrets.
TMZ posted a story earlier regarding a declaration Oksana submitted to the court, in which she waived the attorney-client privilege. The significance of that?George, who is eager to talk to Sheriff's investigators about his discussions with Oksana, sent Horowitz an email saying he planned on talking to officials.
"I will regard the attorney-client privilege to have been waived, and will endeavor to resume with the L.A. Sheriff's Department detectives those portions of my earlier interview for which I had been obliged to invoke the privilege," he said.
Horowitz emailed back three days later (November 20) telling him pointedly, "You do not have permission to waive or disclose any privileged matters."
Then Horowitz threatened, "If you unilaterally waive privilege as you seem to intend to do, you must take full responsibility for those choices."
"Nothing that we have said or done authorizes you to do this."
Horowitz added November 21, "There are certain materials only you and Oksana have that has appeared publicly though not released by Oksana."
George fired November 22, "Your email insinuates that my law firm leaked or sold privileged communications as well as tapes between the litigants."
George then says if Horowitz makes such an accusation, it will "[leave] me no choice but to immediately proceed with an action for defamation."
It's unclear what this clear reference to the Mel Gibson tapes will mean in terms of what is part of the investigation into Grigorieva, but stay tuned.