Oprah speaks out over school sex abuse scandal

Oprah Winfrey speaks to media about sex abuse claims at her Leadership Academy

OPRAH WINFREY HAS opened up to the media about sex abuse scandal at her Leadership Academy in Africa.

The school’s matron, Tiny Makopo, faces 13 charges of indecent assault, assault and criminal injury allegedly committed against six students and one adult.

Speaking at a press conference in South Africa yesterday, Oprah said of the scandal: ‘This has been one of the most, if not the most, devastating experiences of my life.

‘As is often the case, child abuse, sexual abuse happens right within the family. This was also the alleged case here.’

She continued: ‘When I first heard about it I spent about a half hour crying, moving room to room in my house. Within an hour I pulled myself together and started making calls and preparing what to do next.

‘I was, needless to say, really shaken to the core when I first heard this news. I was not directly responsible or in charge, although the buck always stops with me, of hiring the dorm parents.’

Tiny has been released in the equivalent of $450 bail. While out on bail she must report to the police station every Monday while the investigation is ongoing.

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