Oprah’s ‘racist’ handbag Swiss store owner brands star ‘over
EXCLUSIVE: Swiss store owner at center of Oprah’s ‘racist’ handbag storm demands to speak to star after she says ‘sorry for the fuss’Trudie Goertz took a swipe at Oprah’s diva tendencies, saying that international stars like to be ‘left in peace’ in her countryOprah had accused one of her staff of ‘racism’ for refusing to show her a $38,000 handbag at the Zurich storeItalian sales assistant, 37, won’t be fired or punished and ‘did everything right’ in the eyes of her boss
Meanwhile, says she is ‘sorry’ that she ever brought up the incident during interview to promote her new filmThe owner of the upscale Swiss boutique where Oprah Winfrey claimed she was barred from buying a $38,000 by a ‘racist’ sales assistant today demanded to speak to the star she branded ‘over sensitive’ and insisted her employee did ‘everything right’.
The rather fearsome looking Trudi Goetz said she wanted to speak with the talk show billionairess ‘as soon as possible’ and also revealed her petrified member of staff will not be sacked or punished.
She said: ‘I don’t know why she talked of racism. I
am sorry, but perhaps she is being a little over sensitive here. Maybe
she was somewhat offended because she was not immediately recognized in
It came as Oprah said she was ‘sorry’ a media frenzy emerged after saying she experienced racism during a trip to Switzerland.
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‘I think that incident in Switzerland was just an incident in Switzerland. I’m really sorry that it got blown up.
‘I purposefully did not mention the name of the store,’ Winfrey said. ‘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.’
The firestorm blew up after Oprah who is promoting a film gave an interview with Entertainment Tonight, in which she recalled a clerk at an upscale Zurich boutique refusing to show her a handbag.
Winfrey said she was told she could not afford the $38,000 tom Ford Jennifer tote and said it proved that ‘racism is still an issue’.
Meanwhile, Frau Goertz said today: ‘For God’s sake, no! I do not judge people according to their skin color, nor according to their income. I treat everyone equally. And I also expect my employees to do the same.’
MailOnline has learned that the saleslady in question is Italian, aged 37, and adidas samba was not a full time employee of the ritzy Trois Pommes shop in Zurich where the incident took place but she was sent there from the sister adidas samba store in upscale St. Moritz to help out.
Now it is unclear where she is as she lies low in fear of ‘public hatred’.
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Goetz, who was ironically also a guest at the wedding of Tina Turner the reason why Oprah was in the country, h adidas samba as been left to speak for her.
‘It’s absurd,’ she said. ‘Oprah came into the business, wanted to see the crocodile bag. She inquired about the price. When my saleswoman told her that it cost 35,000 francs and then offered to show her cheaper ones, she walked away. Goetz, who regularly features in the society pages of Swiss newspapers and magazines, said that there will be ‘no repercussions’ for her employee an Italian woman who worked for five years in a boutique in Milan before joining her.