A store clerk who allegedly told Oprah Winfrey she couldn’t afford a $US35,000 handbag has come forward to tell her side of the story.
Winfrey told Entertainment Tonight that a worker at the Trois Pommes boutique in Zurich refused to let her see a Tom Ford handbag, and called the incident an example of “racism.”
The clerk told local newspaper SonntagsBlick that she has felt “powerless” since the incident and denied that she didn’t let Winfrey see the bag.
MailOnline transcribed her comments to the Swedish paper.
“I simply told her that (the Tom Ford bag) was like the one I held in my hand, only much more expensive, and that I could show her similar bags,” the woman said. “It is absolutely not true that I declined to show her the bag on racist grounds. I even asked her if she wanted to look at the bag.”
The owner of the shop also defended her worker, blaming the misunderstanding on a language barrier.
Winfrey has also backtracked, apologizing for naming Switzerland as the country where the incident happened and implicating the shop.
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