Oksana Grigorieva Admits, Explains Use of Mel Gibson Rant; Extortion Case "Serious"

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Via her attorneys, Oksana Grigorieva has, for the first time, explained the infamous Mel Gibson tapes, although she denies she used them to bilk him for cash.

In the just-released transcript of an email Oksana sent Mel earlier this year, she admits she recorded him February 18 and played the tape for her lawyer.

Oksana says she did so "becouse on march 15 Michelle proposed on ur behalf not a very generous gift for our daughter and there was nothing for me."

She continues: "My lowers also told me that Tom Hansen [one of Mel's lawyers] said I wouldn get a penny ..." Sounds like money-grubbing stuff, right?

Not so, says her current attorney, Daniel Horowitz, who insists she was reluctant to play her lawyer the tape but felt threatened by Mel's legal team.

Horowitz cites this excerpt: "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."

"The messages we r talking about I kept on my phone purely for u, to c how scared we were and for u to understand what this have done to us, how painful these words were, but hopeffuly, eventualy to help us. That was the only reason."

Daniel Horowitz explains that based on that, "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 even lawyers in Hollywood might lose track of the tapes and didn't want to hurt him."

Anyone buying that? Yesterday, Oksana denied leaking anything to the media, although someone clearly did, and repeatedly, likely for a handsome fee.

Interestingly, Oksana Grigorieva could be effectively forced into silence by her own actions, making it hard to prosecute Mel Gibson for domestic violence.

The L.A. County Sheriff's Department is conducting a "serious" extortion investigation involving Grigorieva that could very well result in criminal charges.

If the D.A. files extortion charges against Oksana, it virtually forces her to take the 5th Amendment and not testify against Mel, thus incriminating herself.

Basically, she'd refuse to testify against Mel Gibson because what she says could incriminate herself as well. Her testimony is, clearly, crucial to that case.

The D.A. calls the two investigations "connected" and if the D.A. files extortion charges, it could indirectly but the kibosh on the domestic violence case.

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