Oprah Winfrey has received an apology from the Swiss tourism board, after revealing that she felt racially abused by a shop assistent in Zurich while trying to buy a designer handbag.
Telling the story during an interview with Entertainment Tonight which focused on her experiences of racism and sexism, Oprah revealed that the shop assistant refused to show her a $40,000 handbag.
Though the store had until recently remained unnamed (Oprah's a class-act after all), the Swiss tourism board was quick to act, with spokesperson Daniela Baer saying, "We are very sorry for what happened to [Oprah], of course, because we think all of our guests and clients should be treated respectfully, in a professional way."
Now that the story has found its way around the entire globe however, the handbag boutique has reportedly been identified as that owned by friend of TinA Turner Trudie Goetz, and the handbag suspected to have been a Tom Ford croc leather.
In an attempt to smooth thing over, Trudie Goetz has told Swiss press that the incident was merely a misunderstanding, adding that it had "nothing to do with racism — really. Tina Turner is one of my best friends and it's out of the question [that the incident has anything to do with racism]."
We'e not sure Oprah's convinced however. Here she is telling the story to Entertainment Tonight...
What do you think? Have ever experienced a Pretty Woman moment while shopping?
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