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PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Sheriff probing Gibson's ex for extortion

Sheriff probing Gibson's ex for extortion

LOS ANGELES -- Sheriff's detectives in Los Angeles are checking extortion allegations against Mel Gibson's ex-girlfriend.

Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said the agency is looking into whether Russian singer Oksana Grigorieva may have tried to extort the Academy Award-winner. He declined to offer any other details on the inquiry.

Detectives earlier this month interviewed Grigorieva after she claimed Gibson abused her during an incident in January.

A spokesman for Grigorieva declined comment Wednesday.

Schwimmer film 'Trust' to debut in Toronto

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- David Schwimmer's latest directorial effort, "Trust," will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.

The movie was shot last year in Michigan and marks the former "Friends" star's second time directing a feature film.

"Trust" unit publicist Cid Swank said Toronto's the "perfect festival for everyone to see the finished movie for the first time."

It's about the fallout from an attack by an online sexual predator and stars Clive Owen, Catherine Keener and Viola Davis.

The film is set in the Chicago suburbs, but it was largely filmed in Michigan.

Bristol Palin: Mom doesn't approve of engagement

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Bristol Palin said she doesn't have her mother's support when it comes to her re-engagement to Levi Johnston.

Palin told Us Weekly in an interview posted online Wednesday that Sarah Palin ''doesn't really approve'' of her reconnection with the 20-year-old father of the teen's toddler son, Tripp.

Nineteen-year-old Bristol said both her mother -- a former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential nominee -- and father Todd worry that she'll get hurt again.

Relations between the Palins and Johnston and his family have frequently been strained since the couple broke off their first engagement soon after their son was born in late December 2008.