While she was once known for a near perfect triple lutz in winning two gold medals for Russia, Olympic skater Oksana Grishuk is now being accused of a double lie with a backstab. Grishuk, 36, implicated James R. Halstead of drugging her drink during a lunch at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Hotel in Dana Point, California. He was arrested, but all charges have now been dropped for lack of evidence before his arraignment. Moreover, his counsel says that he supplied police with evidence that Grishuk had lied about their relationship and his client strongly suggested that she set him up.
Grishuk found a pill in her wine that later proved to be Rohypnol, commonly used as a date-rape drug. However, Halstead’s attorney said that her blood proved negative for the drug. Much more he supplied text messages, e-mails, telephone records and personal notes showing that Grishuk had a romantic relationship with Halstead. Grishuk denied such a relationship at a news conference at the Sheriff’s department. Halstead accused her of slipping pill in her own drink when he left to use the restroom for about 15 minutes.
If Grishuk lied to police and put the pill in her own drink, it would certainly be a crime. Moreover, Halstead and Grishuk could have libel actions for any statements made outside of the police report (which is privileged). An allegation of framing Halstead or drugging Grishuk would constitute slander per se under the criminal category.