Oprah Winfrey is the target of a defamation lawsuit filed by a former headmistress at her Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa.
According to People.com, Nomvuyo Mzamane claims the TV mogul made defamatory comments to the media implying that Mzamane is “untrustworthy, failed the students of the academy, did not care about the students at the academy, knew of alleged physical and sexual abuse at the academy and participated in a cover-up of the alleged abuse.”
The lawsuit is in reference to an Oct. 2007 scandal in which another female staff member was accused of physically and sexually abusing students. That trial resumes Oct. 8.
Mzamane, who says she knew nothing about the allegations, was fired in November 2007 and says she hasn’t been able to find comparable work since. She is seeking $250,000 and the restoration of her professional reputation.