When you're the queen of all media, you're bound to be the target of people who want a piece of the pie--and the pie in this case is worth billions. Talk show host and entrepreneur Oprah Winfrey, considered by some to be the most powerful person in the entertainment business, is on the business end of two lawsuits--one recently filed and one that's been brewing for a while.
Onetime Oprah fan Orit Greenberg is suing Winfrey for $50,000--which can easily be found in the ashtray of Oprah's Bentley--after being roughed up by the audience at a taping of The Oprah Winfrey Show. According to The Associated Press, the lawsuit claims that Greenberg was shoved down a flight of stairs in a mad scramble for seats by the Oprah-obsessed crowd.
Crew members allegedly told the waiting audience that they could sit anywhere they wanted to (oops!), which sparked a ministampede among the Oprah faithful. Greenberg is claiming "severe and permanent injuries" as a result of the accident and says it could have been avoided had there been appropriate security to keep Oprah's followers in check.
In separate ongoing legal action, Darlene Tracy has taken her legal battle with Oprah to the next level, filing an appeal and hiring lawyers over a case that began in 2006, says New York's Daily News. Tracy says that Oprah and her Harpo Productions company stole the idea for Oprah's Big Give from her.
Tracy pitched a show called The Philanthropist--a reality show where people help the needy--to Oprah in 2005, was asked for more details by producers, and later told her they were passing on the project. But when Oprah announced Big Give in 2006, the details of which sounded awfully similar to The Philanthropist, fur started flying and Tracy brought the case to court.
The pending case has caused a bit of trouble for side promotions for the Big Give, including freezing a few book deals.