TMZ reports this morning that the domestic assault case continues and that Grigorieva has "third party" witnesses who observed the alleged punch thrown by Gibson. The witnesses have not yet spoken to the Los Angeles sheriff's department investigators working the domestic assault case, but that they will come forward soon. The site says that one witness is a person who has worked with Grigorieva in her music career, while another person is said to have witnessed Gibson pull a hand gun on Grigorieva after the assault.
Los Angeles sheriff's department investigators are also studying the details of Mel Gibson's mediation hearings with ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, looking for evidence that supports Gibson's claim of extortion. Sources tell TMZ that during the course of the mediation hearings, neither Grigorieva or her attorneys, submitted the photos depicting broken teeth or black eyes. Gibson's side believes that is evidence that Grigorieva's side was withholding them as a blackmailing tactic. The mediation resulted in a $15 million settlement, which Grigorieva first accepted, but later said did not satisfy her.
E! News, meanwhile, says that there are more tapes on the way at RadarOnline. E! News talked to David Perel of RadarOnline, who said that the tapes have been a bonanza for the site, as far as web traffic, but also has been a boon to television shows covering the story as well. E! says that there are rumored to be more tapes -- Gibson reportedly called 30 times in one night alone -- but that Perel wasn't sure how many the site would be releasing. "The exact number of recordings has not been released or reported yet. Obviously, RadarOnline.com has quite a few audio tapes and yes, we do have more. We will be posting them on the site as we continue to report on the Mel Gibson story," Perel said.
The release of the tapes have damaged Gibson's reputation with fans, says the folks at the Dan Brown Index, which measures a celebrity's likability. The Dan Brown Index claims to have a 4.5 million-member research panel, which "evaluates a celebrity’s awareness, appeal and relevance to a brand’s image." E! News says that Gibson has dropped 15 points on the scale, and ranks him as No. 2494 out of the 2,540 celebrities the site tracks. Other celebs in Gibson's range include Rosie O'Donnell, Tiger Woods, Charlie Sheen and Andy Dick.
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Lindsay Lohan is surviving her prison ordeal with a little help from licorice. Attorney Shawn Chapman Holley told People magazine that Twizzlers have been Lohan's comfort food. "She's good. She's eating some Twizzlers," Holley said. Lohan may be released as early as Sunday or Monday, and has been using her time productively, says Holley. "She's writing a lot. She's creating art. She's a beautiful, talented, creative woman, and she's going to come out and surprise you all!," Holley said.
Fans of Lohan, however, believe that the actress has served more than enough time. TMZ reports that there is a planned protest for outside the Lynwood Correctional Facility where Lohan has been serving her time for probation violations.
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Chris Klein, who was arrested in June after a second DUI, has been in rehab for the last 30 days, and has decided to extend his stay. The 'American Pie' actor was admitted to the Cirque Lodge rehab center in Sundance, Utah, on June 21 and has spent 30 days receiving counseling for his addictions. "Chris, along with his support team, has decided to extend his treatment. He is doing fantastic and is optimistic about his future. He thanks everyone for their continued support," said Klein's rep, Jaime Primak. Klein was stopped on the Hollywood Freeway on June 17, where his blood alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit of .08.
• • •TMZ reports that seven doctors under investigation for their treatment of Michael Jackson have been cleared and will not face any charges. California Attorney General Jerry Brown started an investigation into doctors who had prescribed medication to Jackson over the years, but has concluded that the doctor's actions did not warrant criminal charges. TMZ reports that one of those doctors has been reported to California Medical Board for prescribing medication to one of Jackson's aliases, however. Dr. Conrad Murray is the only doctor charged with criminal wrong-doing in the pop star's death.