Yesterday, Oprah Winfrey settled a defamation suit with former headmistress Nomvuyo Mzamane. The trial, originally scheduled to commence next week, was meant to determine whether the media queen had in fact defamed Mzamane by stating that she’d “lost confidence” in her and decided to “[clean] house from top to bottom” regarding the sex-abuse accusations made by students of The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in 2007. Winfrey had prepared to defend her right to freedom of speech – arguing that she was entitled to express her opinions.
Mzamane maintained that she was unaware of sexual abuse allegations by dorm matron Tiny Virginia Makopo, a claim Winfrey’s legal team planned to dispute in court.
The 56-year-old billionaire and her production company, Harpo were named in the $250,000 suit. It’s unclear as to whether Winfrey settled the case during her recent trip to the Academy last week. Nonetheless, a statement was issued that explained, “The two parties met woman to woman without their lawyers and are happy that they could resolve this dispute peacefully to their mutual satisfaction.”