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Thursday 19 October 2017

Swiss don't need to say sorry – Oprah

Oprah Winfrey says she's sorry a media frenzy emerged after saying she experienced racism during a trip to Switzerland.

"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. I'm sorry that I said it was Switzerland," Winfrey said.

In recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, Winfrey 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 (€29,000) purse.

"I'm in a store and the person doesn't obviously know that I carry the black card, and so they make an assessment based on the way I look and who I am," said Winfrey, who earned $77m last year, according to Forbes magazine.

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"I didn't have anything that said, 'I have money': I wasn't wearing a diamond stud. I didn't have a pocketbook. I didn't wear Louboutin shoes. I didn't have anything," said Winfrey.

"You should be able to go in a store looking like whatever you look like and say, 'I'd like to see this'. That didn't happen."

Swiss tourism officials and the boutique owner apologised for the incident last week, but Winfrey insists there's no need.

"It's not an indictment against the country or even that store," she said.

"It was just one person who didn't want to offer me the opportunity to see the bag.

"So no apologies necessary from the country of Switzerland.

"If somebody makes a mistake in the United States, do we apologise in front of the whole country? No!"

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