The name of the presenter has been on Twitter since the seemingly unfounded reports started, and now Winfrey has told fans that she’s merely “sanitizing and distancing herself from the rest of the world” amid the coronavirus pandemic.
She wrote on Twitter: “Just got a phone call that my name is trending. And being trolled for some awful FAKE thing. It’s NOT TRUE. And being trolled for some terrible FAKE stuff. It is NOT REAL.
“Haven’t been raided, or arrested. Just sanitising and self-distancing with the rest of the world. Stay safe everybody.”
“The staggering amount of people believing a 100 percent fake story about Oprah doesn’t make me feel good about the chances of society continuing.”
An anonymously sourced post that seemed to spark the rumor claimed that the authorities raided Winfrey’s house in Boca Raton, Florida. The post reads “The staggering amount of people believing a 100 percent fake story about Oprah doesn’t make me feel good about the chances of society continuing.”
Winfrey was also defended by Selma director Ava DuVernay, stating “Trolls + bots began this disgusting rumor. Mean-spirited minds kept it going. Oprah has worked for decades on behalf of others. Given hundreds of millions to individuals + causes in need. Shared her own abuse as a child to help folks heal. Shame on all who participated in this.”