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Suspect in Grishuk Case Turns Himself In

An arrest warrant was issued and served in the drugging case of two-time Olympic ice dance gold medalist Oksana Grishuk. The warrant -- dated May 23 -- for 61-year-old Santa Ana insurance salesman James R. Halstead was for one felony count of giving a narcotic, anesthetic and an intoxicating agent to an unwitting woman.

Grishuk was taken to the hospital on the evening of April 12 after a business meeting ended in the discovery of a pill at the bottom of her drink. Police later confirmed that the pill was GHB (gamma hydroxy butyrate), a common date-rape drug.

When first contacted by IFS, Grishuk said her business associate had acted suspiciously that evening. She later said she did understand why has not been arrested. “It’s crazy, it’s unfair and it’s wrong,” she said. “This gives me anxiety and puts me back in that moment.”

Jim Amormino, the director of the public information/public affairs office for Orange County, was also interviewed by IFS at the time and he said he was confident an arrest would be made. Amormino said Grishuk would make an “excellent witness” when the case was put together.

Grishuk discovered a partially dissolved pill in the bottom of her glass during the April 12 dinner business meeting with Halstead at the St. Regis Monarch Beach (residue from another pill was later found in the glass of drink she had earlier in the evening).

In late May, Grishuk told IFS she had learned that Halstead had turned himself into police and made bail.

Grishuk won the Olympic title in ice dance in 1994 and 1998 with Evgeny Platov. Skating for Russia, they also won four ice dance titles at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships.

Grishuk now lives in Orange County, Calif. where she is raising her 5-year-old daughter, Skyler Grace. In recent years, she has had some involvement with the sport as a coach and choreographer. She also has been a two-time contestant on the Russian show, “Dance on Ice.” Grishuk and her partner won the TV competition in 2006.


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