PS: without taking anything away from the thoughts about how Mel sounds on
the tapes, which I hear about like anyone else hears, I'm having a couple
thoughts about Oksana Grigorieva, too.
Mel alleges she wanted to hold the release of such tapes over his head to get
more than 15 million and that that set him off (accusations of gold digger,
etc., and that she's lying that she isn't, predominate). Her stance is that was
his reaction to her politely agreeing with him about 15 million (?).
1. As mentioned above, the tapes were edited. YouTube mashup tapes show how
editing can change the meaning of a tape (usually intending a comic effect,
including with the recent tapes of Mel, which could prove to be ironic). That's
why you don't edit a tape like that you want to serve as evidence for something
If it were me, I'd hand the police an unedited tape with a sheet of notes in-
structing the listener to listen to the highlight at 3 min. into it, another at
6 and a half min. into it, etc. These tapes were professionally edited so the
average Internet listener, not a police expert, wasn't supposed to notice.
2. I've had to deal with someone who was acting a bit like Mel, too--threaten-
ing and unreasonable and hateful-sounding behind closed doors, not wanting to
listen or understand as much as rant, and you could probably tell from my voice
at the time. I don't hear that in her voice. She's the most even-tempered per-
son panicking for their life I ever heard of. She sounds like she's disagreeing
with a librarian about which book would make a better reference book to withdraw
from the library.