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Oprah African School Worker Suspended

10/20/2007 12:36 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

OprahA dorm matron at Oprah's school for disadvantaged girls in South Africa has been suspended amidst allegations of serious misconduct, the AP is reporting. Winfrey released a statement regarding the issue, saying, "Nothing is more serious or devastating to me than an allegation of misconduct by an adult against any girl at the academy."

CEO John Samuel said on Friday that an internal inquiry had been initiated ''based on one serious claim of misconduct involving a dormitory parent.'' The accused is no longer on campus and details of the incident were not disclosed.

Police said they had been informed of the allegation, but weren't investigating at this stage.

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Anne Heaney    

I am amazed at the level of hate thet is directed at Oprah at this time. This woman has done nothing but try and help girls who would otherwise not be in a good position. Something has gone wrong, granted, but Oprah has, at the first opportunity admitted it and has done everything to sort the problem. As she says herself, "the buck stops with me" so she is not running away from it, far from it. The way she has hanhled this sad and painful situation has filled me with nothing but respect for her. It's not usually the mistake that buries people, it is the cover up. No way has Oprah tried to cover this up, indeed it seems that she was instrumental in seeking the truth.
Oprah, I still admire and respect you, please forgive the hateful comments, as the good Lord says "they know not what they do" Stay strong and this too shall pass. Anne in Ireland.

2511 days ago
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PT    

Okra is a BITCH!! Her and her fat azz, and straight hair!! she's so fake!! Trying to change what God gave her with her straight hair, and light skin!!

I often wondered.... it it kinky down there?? Or do dey straighten that too??

2508 days ago
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crispie    

I can totally see Oprah going to Africa and bitch slappin out of line employees who have been messing with the young students.

2538 days ago
4.

Woo I love Britney, Paris. Nicole and Lindsay!    

LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE!!!!!

2538 days ago
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Woo I love Britney, Paris. Nicole and Lindsay!    

LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE!!!!!

2538 days ago
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Woo I love Britney, Paris. Nicole and Lindsay!    

LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE!!!!!

2538 days ago
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Woo I love Britney, Paris. Nicole and Lindsay!    

LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE!!!!!

2538 days ago
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DARK MEAT ONLY    

Oprah, when you jump to help Africa created this school, You were stepping into a another culture, who have a totally different social order, as it relates to women and other African tribes. This school will cause many headaches for you. Your mere involvement doesn't changed people previous beliefs. You are not the second coming Oprah! Now, everytime there is an incident. Your name is going to be drag down with the situtation.

2538 days ago
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rachel    

The dorm matron probably let the student see her parents, or let her eat some junk food.

Don't forget, it's a jail and those kids are in isolation and on strict diets,
reflecting Oprah's own obsessive neuroses.

2538 days ago
10.

Wicked    

Investigate this BS and print the true story.

Oh and, BTW, it took Oprah 50 years to come up with a thyroid problem for being overweight. TMZ won't leave this up because if you don't kiss someone's botton, as in Oprah, you get deleted. Well, I refuse to. Can't stand her. She could do a lot more good with her money than becoming one of the richest woman in the U.S. That's pure greed and full of ego.

Give your money away Oprah, you don't need that much and you know it. It buys you status but it won't buy you class. You are what you are and to me...that's nothing.

2538 days ago
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Desease control    

o WHY DID YOU DUMP STEADMAN?

2538 days ago
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Desease control    

tHE SCHOOL IS A NICE TAX WRITE OFF FOR o SO IT DOEST REALY COST HER ANYTHING. tHERE CULTER IS DIFFRENT AND YOU ARE FORCEING YOUR THING ON THEM THEY ARE GOING TO RESENT IT AND THEY DONT HAVE ANY RESPECPT FOR YOU. nOTHING GOOD CAN COME FROM THIS

2538 days ago
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notaceleb    

kIM.... #7: Why do you say it's was a, "he" and make all kinds other st*pid, irresponsible statements? The story reads that it was a, "dorm matron." That automatically and without a shred of doubt means that the one who committed the, "serious misconduct," was a WOMAN! Get your facts straight.

2538 days ago
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Nikko    

To poster #13 and 14. I bet you wish you could take away her money but you can't. You are completely powerless in this situation. That is why you are so angry with her. Here she is...a disadvantaged, extremely poor , sexually abused black girl from the south - got an education and earned her money in a legitimate manner. Something you and your family could not achieve despite all of the priviledges you were afforded - just by being white. If you are going to be angry with someone be angry and disappointed with yourself and your family!!!

Good luck to you and your family - you obviously need it!!!!

2538 days ago
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notaceleb    

TMZ, please delete all the CR*P! from the worthless AZZHOLE! I rebuked. It's disgusting what this PUKE! wrote and is trying to get away with on this Oprah post.

2538 days ago
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