Oprah says she's sorry for Switzerland flap
August 14, 2013 10:40 AM

LOS ANGELES — Oprah Winfrey says she’s “sorry” about the media coverage that emerged after she said she experienced racism during a trip to Switzerland.

“I think that incident in Switzerland was just an incident in Switzerland. I’m really sorry that it got blown up. I purposefully did not mention the name of the store. I’m sorry that I said it was Switzerland,” Winfrey said Monday night at the Los Angeles premiere of “Lee Daniels: The Butler.”

“I was just referencing it as an example of being in a place where people don’t expect that you would be able to be there,” she continued.

In a recent interview with “Entertainment Tonight,” Winfrey recalled a clerk at an upscale Zurich boutique refusing to show her a handbag. Winfrey said she was told she could not afford the $38,000 purse.

“I’m in a store, and the person doesn’t obviously know that I carry the black card, and so they make an assessment based upon the way I look and who I am,” said Winfrey, who earned $77 million in the year ending in June, according to Forbes magazine.

“I didn’t have anything that said, ‘I have money.’ I wasn’t wearing a diamond stud. I didn’t have a pocketbook. I didn’t wear Louboutin shoes. I didn’t have anything,” said Winfrey on the red carpet. “You should be able to go in a store looking like whatever you look like and say, ‘I’d like to see this.’ That didn’t happen.”

Swiss tourism officials and the boutique owner apologized for the incident last week, but Winfrey insists there’s no need.

“It’s not an indictment against the country or even that store,” she continued. “It was just one person who didn’t want to offer me the opportunity to see the bag. So no apologies necessary from the country of Switzerland. If somebody makes a mistake in the United States do we apologize in front of the whole country? No!”

“The Butler,” which opens Friday, documents the civil rights movement through the story of a butler who served in the White House for seven presidents.

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NEW YORK — The New York Police Department is investigating a burglary at actress Famke Janssen’s Manhattan penthouse.

Police say the “X-Men” actress told officers that when she came home Saturday, she found a children’s book that didn’t belong to her near her bed.

Police say the book, “The Lonely Doll,” was on a shelf beside her bed. It’s about a doll that wants to play with someone and is befriended by two teddy bears.

Police say there was no sign of forced entry and the apartment wasn’t in disarray. It wasn’t clear if anything was taken.

Janssen told authorities she’s the only one with access to her penthouse.

Police say the investigation into the burglary continues.

Janssen plays telepath Jean Grey in the “X-Men” franchise. She played a Bond girl in “GoldenEye.”

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LOS ANGELES — The Lifetime channel says it’s renewing “Devious Maids” for a second season.

Lifetime says the series about the lives of domestic workers and their wealthy bosses has proved the network’s fastest-growing drama since its June debut.

“Devious Maids” is from “Desperate Housewives” creator Marc Cherry and includes Eva Longoria, who starred in the ABC drama, as an executive producer.

Inspired by a Spanish-language telenovela, the “Devious Maids” ensemble cast includes Ana Ortiz and Judy Reyes. Lifetime ordered 13 episodes for the second season.

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NEW YORK — Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke will perform their summer anthems at the MTV Video Music Awards later this month.

MTV also announced a new award Tuesday called best song of the summer. Both Cyrus and Thicke are nominees. Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop” and Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” will compete with Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” Selena Gomez’s “Come & Get It,” One Direction’s “Best Song Ever” and “I Need Your Love” by Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding.

Cyrus and Thicke are now tied with Bruno Mars as the second most nominated act with four each. Justin Timberlake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead with six apiece.

Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Kanye West will also perform at the VMAs, to air live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Aug. 25.

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