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Oprah Being Sued For Plagiarism!

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Uh-oh. Not the kind publicity you want in your final season!

Oprah Winfrey is being sued by Charles Harris, the author of How America Elects Her Presidents. Charles claims that Oprah plagiarized some of his material in his book while endorsing Barack Obama back in 2008.

According to the suit filed yesterday, Charles had sent 10 copies of his booklet to the Oprah Winfrey Show in hopes of gaining publicity, but he never heard back from producers or Oprah. He did, however, hear O allegedly read aloud exact questions that were included in the book on her February 16, 2009 broadcast.

Charles insists that the readings constitute as plagiarism and is looking for $150,000 per unlawful use in damages.

The guy's not screwing around.

Then again, after 25 years, we don't think Oprah is foolish enough to plagiarize anything!

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24 comments to “Oprah Being Sued For Plagiarism!”

  1. mw says – reply to this


    you're doing a great job perez…let's get a tea partier in office….that will really help the gay cause!!!

  2. 2

    in his dream!!

  3. 3

    Probably some nutcase who thinks everything he sees on TV is about him

  4. 4

    If he can prove that he sent her copies of the book before her speech and the book contains many of the same passages as her speech then he damn well does have a case.

  5. 5

    folks should talk to people who know oprah back in the day. not a pretty picture. it's a nice surprise to see a picture of the real one and not the touched up, glamed up and skinny-ed up versions on the cover of her magazine.

  6. 6

    sue happy douche bag. Send Oprah a booklet for free publicity then sue her for giving it to him.

  7. 7

    Oh yea, Perez, that makes sense. People in show business for 25 years NEVER, EVER make mistakes.

  8. 8

    just because she's oprah doesnt mean shes immune to doing bad things

  9. 9

    Oh Oprah is most definitely foolish enough to plagiarize. And that's because she has a giant egO. Oprah can get away with anything or so she thinks. I hope the guy gets his money.

  10. 10

    it could be careless mistake by people who work behind the scene.

  11. 11

    "Then again, after 25 years, we don't think Oprah is foolish enough to plagiarize anything!"
    Hey you mongoloid freak, forget about that 'Million Little Pieces' clown? Yeah, some real crackerjack research happened with that one. I can't say she's not successful but she's neither the genius nor the philanthropist she makes herself out to be.

  12. 12

    ba-buttons, Oprah's personally given over $306 million of her own hard earned money to charity according to Business Week so she's far more of a philanthropist than she makes herself out to be. And she doesn't make herself out to be a genius, her money speaks for itself.

  13. 13

    He waited almost two years to sue? I'd call it bullsh!t. If I was outraged I'd not have waited so long….but guess that's just me.

  14. 14

    Re: education – -
    All that money isn't worth shinola when it goes to fund African schools that are little more than brothels for the teachers. Nice research on that one again, Big O.
    She gives to charity for the publicity, not out of any compassion.

  15. 15

    i dont like her. shes a self serving egotistical bitch. if shes so amazing why doesnt she actually do anything all it is is "look at me in donating money and buying things blah blah blah im so amazing". NEWS FLASH 90% of hollywood donates out the ass to avoid the major taxes and they dont brag like that are fucking jesus. if i had millions of money i could look like an amazing person to when i donated it left and right. i want to see here not brag about charity work and just do it for the sake of doing it.

  16. 16

    Re: Scatter – I was going to say exactly this… A person would need to either have definite evidence or be a complete nut job to take on this woman openly saying she stole from his books after completely ignoring the source of the material used in the show… She has tonnes of money adn will likely pay out as he has only requested a minimal amount for Oprah, 150K…

  17. uyeah says – reply to this


    She'd plagiarize anyone and anything! Read that book about her! It's all about her and f#@k anyone else. She's a megalomaniac, just like our idiot president!

  18. 18

    Re: education – she did that because people with money who don't do that get chased by the IRS for the rest of their lives. never bought into the Oprah mystique but, then again, i've never had secret nanny fantasies either. under that veneer is a cynicism that would scare you if you ever saw it up close. i personally add a layer of doubt over most stuff that comes through the media.

  19. 19

    If the author sent it to Oprah Show, surely that things ended up to one of her producers or staffs member. Oprah have employees to open every posts or packages were sent to them, she doesn´t know everything what is happening everyday in her production. She have people working for her taking care the daily problem. If the accusation is true, I don´t think Oprah knows it, probably one of her staffs suggested it during the campaign especially she was busy then.

  20. 20

    Re: ba-buttons – Just because South Africa has the highest rape rate in the world does not mean Oprah shouldn't build schools there. I admire her enormously for having the courage and integrity to dive right in with her money and influence and clean up a messy situation and she even had the integrity to convince the girls at her school to testify in court to try to put an alleged molester behind bars. Most institutions try to sweep sexual abuse under the rug so for Oprah to demand a trial and an investigation was an inspiration and a shining example to the world. As for your claim that Oprah and Jesus christ only did good deeds for the publicity, you don't know what anyone's motive is. And even if Oprah did only give HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS for the publicity, then she deserves all the publicity she can get because that much charity does so much good for so many people. I love the woman. Fantastic!

  21. 21

    Give me a break - quoting from a book is not plagiarism!

  22. 22

    Re: education – -
    She had the money to do it right, to make sure the teachers weren't sexual predators. She didn't do it, she doesn't really care, it's all for the publicity.
    Once, just once, she should contribute to a cause and NOT trumpet it to the world and go on and on about how generous she is. Maybe then people will see her as more than a vain, know-nothing know-it-all.

  23. 23

    Chump change for the big "O". I'm sure if it's true, she'll personally sign the check to keep it from going to court.

  24. 24

    Re: uyeah – You just contradicted your own statement .. And I quote:

    "Read that book about her! It's all about her and f#@k anyone else." ..

    What else would a book about Oprah be about? Daffodils?