Oprah Winfrey, appearing on David Letterman’s show to promote her new film Lee Daniels’ The Butler, revealed she’s a really peaceful gal because she meditates. Winfrey said:
Well, actually, I brought meditation to my whole company … in 2010, because it makes for a better environment when everybody is focused and of one mind and doing well . . . everybody needs to find something. … And it doesn’t matter what you call it, if it’s just sitting and being still, if it’s reflecting, if it’s, you know hugging your children, hugging your dogs, giving some time to that. It’s all good.
It’s no wonder such a tranquil woman as Winfrey needs to meditate, just look at the lawsuits filed against her over the years:
- In 1994, Colleen Raleigh, Oprah’s former publicist, sued Winfrey for $200,000 saying there was “dishonesty and chaos” at Harpo Studios and that she couldn’t go on helping the show look as though it was ”harmonious and humane.’
- In the 1990’s, Randolph Cook, a former Winfrey boyfriend, wanted to publish a tell-all book in which he revealed they had done drugs together in 1985. When Winfrey tried to block publication, he sued her for $20 million, only dropping the suit later because he said his mother told him to.
- In 1997, photographers Paul Natkin and Stephen Green sued Oprah saying she used their pictures in a weight-loss book without listing them or paying them. A U.S. District Court judge ruled for the photographers; Oprah settled out of court.
- In 2008, Keifer Bonvillain sued Winfrey for $180 million, claiming she and her lawyer lied to the FBI and led the FBI to arrest him for attempting to extort her.
- In October, 2009, a former flight attendant on Oprah’s private jet sued Winfrey’s company for firing her because they claimed that the flight attendant slept with the pilot.
- In 2010, Winfrey settled a defamation suit brought against her by the headmistress of Winfrey’s South African girls school. Winfrey had made remarks after a sex-abuse scandal at the school was revealed in 2007.