Oprah Winfrey ‘Sorry’ For Naming Switzerland In Race Row With Handbag Store

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In a recent interview, Oprah Winfrey surprised viewers after making a revelation that she had suffered racism whilst shopping in Switzerland last month. But it appears that the talkshow host has apologised, hinting that everything was blown out of proportion by the media.

Speaking on the red carpet premiere for her new movie, The Butler, according to BBC News Winfrey said: “I think that incident in Switzerland was just an incident in Switzerland.”

“I’m really sorry that it got blown up. I purposefully did not mention the name of the store. I’m sorry that I said it was Switzerland,” she added.

The apology comes after the owner of Trois Pommes boutique, Trudie Gotz, said that the incident between Winfrey and the shop assistant was taken too far and exploited by the media after Winfrey said that the shop assistant said that the handbag was ‘too expensive’ for her to purchase – despite the fact that she is one of the world’s richest women.

According to the BBC, Gotz stated that Winfrey was ‘absolutely allowed’ to look at the $35,000 (£22,500) handbag behind the screen in the boutique.

She said: “My salesperson wanted to give her the handbag in her hand. But she didn’t want to take the bag.”

She continued to state that the sales assistant had worked at the shop “for a few years and takes care of the most spoilt customers from all over the world…she is really a correct sales person.”

However Trudie did not brush off Winfrey’s account of events: “I didn’t take care of [Winfrey]. I’m sure she felt like this – but my salesgirl promised me she took care of [her] really the best she could. So it must have been a misunderstanding,” she said.

And despite speaking both Italian and English, Trudie admitted the sales assistant’s English “isn’t as good”.

“She tried to show Mrs Oprah the same style in other qualities, because maybe she didn’t understand what she wanted,” she added.
Winfrey was in Zurich to celebrate the nuptials of her close friend Tina Turner.

Oprah said that she had walked out of the shop “calmly” however, she said: “That clearly is you know … it (racism) still exists, of course it does.”

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