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Oprah Says She's "Sorry" For Racist Swiss Incident at the Butler Premiere

Oprah Says She's "Sorry" For Racist Swiss Incident at the Butler Premiere

Oprah was all smiles at The Butler's premiere in LA last night, but she got serious on the red carpet when she addressed the media frenzy that popped up after she revealed that she was the victim of possibly racist mistreatment at an upscale boutique in Switzerland earlier this Summer. While speaking with reporters, Oprah said she was sorry for all the drama that was caused by the incident, saying, "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, "I was just referencing it as an example of being in a place where people don't expect that you would be able to be there."

Last week, Oprah revealed that a saleswoman at a Swiss shop had refused to show her a $35,000 Tom Ford handbag back in July because it was "too expensive." She used the incident as an example of racist treatment she receives, despite being one of the wealthiest and most powerful women in the world. Oprah didn't reveal the name of the shop, but the owner later came forward and the Swiss tourism board issued an apology. While the owner of the store admitted that Oprah was referencing her store, she denied that Oprah was mistreated because of issues with racism, calling it a "misunderstanding" and that the salesclerk "simply explained [to Oprah] that the bag she wanted to look at was beautiful but in a very high price range and suggested lower-priced models in leather, ostrich, and so forth." At the Butler premiere, Oprah admitted that she wasn't dressed richly and the clerk may have not recognized her, but that the treatment was still inexcusable. She said, "You should be able to go in a store looking like whatever you look like and say 'I'd like to see this.' That didn't happen."

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