Oprah settles lawsuit with headmistress

OPRAH Winfrey has settled a defamation suit filed by Nomvuyo Mzamane, the former headmistress of her girls-only school in Henley-on-Klip, south of Johannesburg, where pupils claimed they had been abused by one of the teachers in 2007.

OPRAH Winfrey has settled a defamation suit filed by Nomvuyo Mzamane, the former headmistress of her girls-only school in Henley-on-Klip, south of Johannesburg, where pupils claimed they had been abused by one of the teachers in 2007.

A statement issued by lawyers for the two women in Philadelphia, US, said they had resolved the dispute "peacefully to their mutual satisfaction".

Mzamane claimed in a 2008 suit that Winfrey had damaged her personal and professional reputation in two 2007 statements in which she suggested Mzamane had failed to deal adequately with allegations at the school that students were being abused by a member of her staff.

At the time, Winfrey said she had "lost confidence" in Mzamane and "was cleaning house from top to bottom".

The popular talk show host opened The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in January 2007.

A trial was set to begin on March 29 in federal court in Philadelphia after a local court dismissed Winfrey's attempt to have the case quashed. A statement said both women withdrew their allegations. - Reuters

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