The sales clerk who was accused of racism by Oprah Winfreyand prompted a national apology from Switzerland claims that Winfrey is lying about the now-famous story.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the nameless women at the center of the firestorm told a local newspaper that as a result of the accusation, she has been thrust into a “nightmare” and now feels “powerless.”
“I don’t know why she is making these accusations. She is so powerful, and I am just a shop girl,” the sales clerk told the Swiss newspaper SonntagsBlick.
Earlier this month, Winfrey told Larry King that while she was in Switzerland, a sales clerk at a boutique store in the area refused to show her a handbag that cost $38,000, allegedly because the clerk thought Winfrey couldn’t afford the bag due to the color of her skin.
“I say to the woman, ‘I would like to see that bag on the shelf.’ And she says, ‘No, that one’s too expensive. I’ll show you this one.’ She did,” Winfrey said in the interview. However, Winfrey never revealed the name of the store, although papers have since claimed it was Trois Pomme in Zurich.
However, the incident didn’t go down like that, according to the clerk.
“This is not true. This is absurd. I would never say something like that to a customer. Really, never. Good manners and politeness are the Alpha and the Omega in this business,” the woman said to SonntagsBlick, claiming that she even asked Winfrey if she wanted to look at the bag and that Winfrey had the chance to complain to the clerk’s boss.
Here’s the video of Oprah’s interview…