Oprah Flight Attendant Sues Over Sex Allegations

Claims co-workers made up story about her and the pilot
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 10, 2009 2:43 PM CDT
Oprah Winfrey in a file photo last month.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Sean Kilpatrick)
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(Newser) – A weird lawsuit from the world of Oprah: A flight attendant on the talk show queen's private jet claims she was unjustly fired over false allegations that she had sex with the pilot. The woman says two other flight attendants—one of them the daughter of Oprah pal Gayle King—made up the story because of a work feud. She's suing her two accusers and Oprah's production company, though reports differ on whether it's for $75,000 or $300,000.

Oprah fired the woman and the pilot for "inappropriate intimate behavior," even though they passed polygraph tests, reports the Chicago Tribune. The alleged incident took place outside the cockpit while the plane was on the ground for a refueling and a crew change, adds the Sun-Times. Oprah and the rest of the passengers were dozing after "their ingestion of sleeping pills," the lawsuit claims.