Oprah Winfrey Plays Down Swiss Racism Row

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Oprah Winfrey says she’s sorry for the media storm that erupted after she recounted that she was the victim of racism in a posh Swiss boutique.

Winfrey’s revelation last week on Entertainment Tonight led to the upscale store being identified as Trois Pommes in Zurich and its staff was immediately caught up in a frenzy of media interest.

The manager of the boutique, Trudie Goetz, subsequently told CNN the entire incident was a “200 percent misunderstanding” and had nothing to do with racism.

Speaking at the Los Angeles premiere of Lee Daniels’ “The Butler,” Monday, Winfrey said the situation had been blown out of proportion.

“I think that incident in Switzerland was just an incident in Switzerland. I’m really sorry that it got blown up,” she said. “I purposely did not mention the name of the store. I’m sorry that I said it was Switzerland.

“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.”

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