LOS ANGELES (CBS) — An online report is shedding light on a cozy relationship between Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley and a lawyer who negotiated a $15 million settlement between actor Mel Gibson and his ex-girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva.

Gibson and Grigorieva are in the middle of a bitter custody fight for their daughter following an explosively bad breakup. Grigorieva has since accused Gibson of abusing her and her daughter and Gibson claims that Grigorieva is trying to extort him.

Both the extortion and domestic violence allegations are under investigation.

TMZ.com reports that Cooley, whose office will decide the fate of Grigorieva and Gibson, attended two fundraisers on his own behalf at the home of Eric George, a Beverly Hills civil lawyer, who hosted the events last year, as the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department investigated the extortion claims.

TMZ reports documents show George contributed more than $8,000 to Cooley in 2010. Of that amount, George contributed $1,992 in August, as the sheriff’s investigation of Grigorieva was in progress.

George negotiated a $15 million settlement for Grigorieva during her mediation in May 2010.

TMZ says the DA’s office disagreed that Grigorieva extorted Gibson and has all but decided not to prosecute her. Misdemeanor domestic violence charges are expected against Gibson, however.

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Comments (5)
  1. Simon De Lao says:

    What else is new? “Honest” Steve Cooley is also a close personal friend of disgraced former Bell police chief Randy Adams. Interesting how Adams, front and center in the theft of millions of tax payer dollars is the ONLY official NOT charged – other than the other crook Edward Lee, the former City Attorney.

  2. jamesf fouhse says:

    What’s knew he is on a long llist of corrupt da’s in Los Angeles. He covered up the Rampart scandal and the Catholic Church’s pedophile priest scandal. The da is always the bag man for the rich and famous

  3. TT says:

    And everybody wonders why the city is broke….seems pretty simple.

  4. Rebecca says:

    In regards to the Gibson case, anyone who has followed the case knows Oksana was extorting him. Cooley is obviously for sale and Eric George made sure he purchased him. This DA is a joke – hardly a surprise, I guess.

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