During an interview last week Oprah Winfrey accused a Swiss clerk of being racist when she stopped by the exclusive shop.
The accused Italian bag lady later said it was a lie and that she felt ‘powerless’ and in the grip of a ‘cyclone’ after Winfrey’s accusations. (Daily Mail)
The clerk at the the Swiss store said Oprah was lying.
But, there’s more…
It wasn’t the first time Oprah pulled this stunt.
In 2005 Oprah accused a French store of racism after they wouldn’t let her in after regular store hours.
June 22, 2005 – Luxury store Hermes on Wednesday apologized to Oprah Winfrey for turning her away last week, saying that its Paris store was closed to set up for a public relations event when the talk show host stopped by.
“Hermes regrets not having been able to accommodate Ms. Winfrey and her team and to provide her with the service and care that Hermes strives to provide to each and every one of its customers worldwide,” the store said in a statement.
“Hermes apologizes for any offense taken due to such circumstances.”
The store said the incident occurred on June 14 around 6:45 p.m., about 15 minutes after the store closed. It said Winfrey and her team arrived at a time when “a private PR event was being set up inside.”
Harpo Productions spokeswoman Michelle McIntyre said Winfrey “will discuss her ‘crash moment’ when her show returns from hiatus in September.”
“Crash” is a film dealing with race relations. The phrase “crash moment” refers to situations where a party feels discriminated against on the basis of skin color.
The New York Daily News cited sources close to Winfrey as saying the talk show host was first rebuffed by a clerk and then a store manager. The Daily News reported Winfrey had gone to the store to buy a watch for singer Tina Turner, her dining partner that night.