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Domestic Violence Charge Against Mel Gibson Likely, Report Says

Oksana Grigorieva and Mel Gibson in happier times in 2009.Reuters

Sources connected with the Mel Gibson criminal investigation tell TMZ that Gibson is about to be charged with domestic violence, but Oksana Grigorieva will not be charged with extortion.

Multiple sources say the die is not officially cast, but the powers that be think there's enough evidence to prosecute Mel. However the same sources say there is not enough evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Oksana extorted him, notwithstanding that she demanded $15 million from him in return for keeping the tapes secret.

The turning point for prosecutors, sources tell TMZ, was the fact that prior to Oksana going to the Sheriff's Department and accusing Gibson of domestic violence, Mel's family law attorneys filed a declaration in the family law case, in which Mel admitted to slapping Oksana, he says because she was shaking baby Lucia wildly and feared Shaken Baby Syndrome.

We're told the likely charge against Mel will be misdemeanor domestic violence; he will not be charged with a felony.  

Misdemeanor domestic violence carries a maximum penalty of six months in jail.

Sources say the extortion investigation has become a bone of contention between the D.A. and the L.A. County Sheriff's Department. Sheriff's investigators believe there is sufficient evidence -- much of which has not been made public -- to prosecute Oksana, TMZ reports. The D.A. doesn't agree.

As for a timetable, sources tell TMZ that the decision is expected in the next two weeks, and very possibly this week.

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