Oksana Grigorieva

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In summer 2010, actor Mel Gibson and ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva's contentious breakup, ensuing domestic violence investigation and custody battle over their young daughter, commanded headlines around the world. The tabloid frenzy surrounding the story reached a fever point after recordings of private telephone conversations between Mel and Oksana were leaked to the press.

Behind the scenes at The Oprah Winfrey Show, senior producer Jack and his team are working to secure an interview with Oksana. "What makes this booking controversial is that there are allegations in the press that have turned into a real mudslinging—almost war," Jack says. "I think this could end up being one of the most talked-about shows of the season."

Oprah approves the booking. "I thought if I could root out the truth and get some real feeling there, that would be good," Oprah says. "This is the thing about Oksana. I wanted to know, 'How did those tapes get out?' And if she did put them out, why did she? And if she didn't put them out, how did they get out?"

Executive producer Sheri has some misgivings. "I'm not sure this interview is in our sweet spot," Sheri says. "Should we be doing it? Should we not? Should Oprah be interviewing this person or is this one of those stories that we should pass on? Right now it's booked. It might not be booked in a couple days."