NVO - Oprah Winfrey says she was a target of racism while on a recent trip to Switzerland.
The media mogul and former U.S. talk show host was visiting a shop in Zurich, when she says a sales assistant refused to show her a crocodile handbag, telling Winfrey "no, it's too expensive." Winfrey talked about the incident in an interview with U.S. entertainment news show, "Entertainment Tonight."
Oprah Winfrey saying:
"I said, one more time, I said I really do just want to see that one. And she said: 'oh I don't want to hurt your feelings.' And I said: 'Ok, thank you so much. you're probably right, I can't afford it.' And I walked out of the store."
The owner of the luxury goods shop Trois Pommes, Trudie Goetz has denied that racism was involved, saying that it was a misunderstanding.
Trudie Goetz, "Trois Pommes" store chain owner, saying:
"There can be no question of that. I welcome every customer and every customer is viewed as a king and this has nothing to do with racism. I think it was rather a communications problem between the employee who is actually Italian and who speaks Italian but also English, just not as well as Mrs. Oprah."
The bag in question was a 38,000 dollar "Jennifer" purse, designed by Tom Ford and according to the store owner, has since been sold.