“A federal judge has dismissed Oprah Winfrey’s request to throw out a defamation suit filed against her by the former headmistress of her academy for girls in South Africa.
The judge ordered the trial to begin March 29 at U.S. District Court in Philadelphia.
The former headmistress, Lerato Nomvuyo Mzamane, originally filed suit in Sept. 2008 over comments Winfrey made after a sex-abuse scandal erupted at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls near Johannesburg.
Mzamane, a former administrator at Germantown Friends School, worked at the academy from January to Oct. 2007.
A dorm matron at the school, Virginia “Tiny” Makopo, was charged in Oct. 2007 with sexually abusing six girls ages 13 to 15.
News of the charges “devastated” Winfrey, who was herself sexually abused as a child. ”
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