Oksana Grigorieva Backs Out of Oprah Interview

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Oprah Winfrey will have to wait to interview Oksana Grigorieva.
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Oprah Winfrey will have to wait to interview Oksana Grigorieva.

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Oksana Grigorieva won't be talking to Oprah Winfrey after all. The person famous for being Mel Gibson's girlfriend has decided not to appear on Oprah's show, at least not right away according to Pop Eater. Grigorieva is in the midst of a contentious custody battle with Gibson over their baby daughter Lucia and several factors may have driven her to at first agree to the interview and then back out. Here's the situation so far.

Why Oksana Grigorieva is Famous

Oksana Grigorieva is a Russian singer/songwriter for Mel Gibson's record label Icon Records according to The Hollywood Gossip website. Her first album was released in July of 2009 and entitled "Beautiful Heartache." Based upon what has happened to her life since then, many fans wonder if the album title refers to her feelings towards Gibson at the time. At one time Grigorieva was dating British actor Timothy Dalton.

Grigorieva's album didn't sell very well, although she does have other credits to her name such as writing songs for Josh Groban. Her fame skyrocketed thanks to her affair with Mel Gibson while he was still with his wife Robyn Gibson. What's worse is that Grigorieva was pregnant with Gibson's daughter at the time.

Now Grigorieva wants out of the allegedly abusive relationship and is suing Gibson for $20,000 in child support per month for their baby in a report filed by TMZ. She also secretly recorded Gibson ranting on the other side of her phone conversation that will be used as evidence against him in court.

To Interview or Not to Interview

Oksana Grigorieva agreed to do an interview on Oprah's famed couch to bring to light what happened to her. Surely the questions would have gone something like "What's it like living with Mel Gibson?" or "Were you truly scared for your life and the life of your baby?"

Grigorieva has been tabloid fodder for uttering statements publicly like "I thought he would kill me" when she told that to People magazine. Who knows what would have leaked from her lips on Oprah's couch?

Reasons to Deny Oprah

In the end, one of two things happened according to reports. One says the judge put a gag order on the couple because of the sensitive nature of the case. TMZ speculates that Grigorieva's legal team decided to keep her off the show so as to not damage their case against Gibson. It has also been suggested that she may have tried to extort money from Gibson in exchange for the recordings. Keep in mind, the couple never legally married so this case will be more about the legal motions and filings than a normal divorce case.

My guess is that based upon past debacles with interviews gone wrong, Grigorieva's legal team decided to keep her off of Oprah for the time being. Surely that interview would be worth a lot of press and money for Oksana Grigorieva. Even if she waits until after the case is settled, she can still go on Oprah's show to divulge part of her side of the story.

Even beyond Oprah, Grigorieva can surely find time to write a book about her ordeal into the life of one of Hollywood's most recognizable stars. Her time with Mel Gibson may have been harrowing but she should bring to light abuse, alcoholism, and her life's ups and downs. Either way, Grigorieva's life will hopefully get better once Gibson is out of her life for good.

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