Oprah Winfrey Sued by Flight Attendant

Celebrity News Oct. 11, 2009 AT 6:55PM
Oprah Winfrey at Amalienborg Castle on October 1, 2009. Oprah Winfrey at Amalienborg Castle on October 1, 2009. Credit: KELD NAVNTOFT/AFP/Getty Images

A flight attendant on Oprah Winfrey's private jet filed a lawsuit Friday denying allegations that she had sex on board.

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In the suit, Corrine Gehrls, 39, claims that fellow flight attendants Myron Gooch and Kirby Bumpus -- who is the daughter of Winfrey's best friend Gayle King and is Winfrey's goddaughter -- made the accusation that caused her to be fired.

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The lawsuit claims that Gooch made the accusation -- that Gehrls engaged in intercourse with chief pilot Terry Pansing, 57, during a flight in which the talk show host and other passengers slept "following their ingestion of sleeping pills" -- after Pansing reportedly complained about his work schedule and demanded that he stay in nicer hotels than the rest of the flight crew.

Gehrls and Pansing passed polygraph tests after the accusation but were not rehired, the suit says.

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Gehrls is seeking more than $75,000 in damages from Gooch, Bumpus and Harpo Inc., Winfrey's production company.

A spokesperson for Harpo Inc. had no comment.

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