Oprah Winfrey is speaking out after online rumors swirled claiming she was arrested for sex trafficking in Florida.
“Just got a phone call that my name is trending. And being trolled for some awful FAKE thing. It’s NOT TRUE,” Oprah wrote on Twitter Wednesday morning. “Haven’t been raided, or arrested. Just sanitizing and self distancing with the rest of the world. Stay safe everybody.”
Just got a phone call that my name is trending. And being trolled for some awful FAKE thing. It’s NOT TRUE. Haven’t been raided, or arrested. Just sanitizing and self distancing with the rest of the world. Stay safe everybody.🙏🏾
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) March 18, 2020
According to Newsweek, Winfrey was addressing a bogus report that went viral Tuesday night, claiming her home in Boca Raton, Florida, was raided and the 66-year-old media mogul was detained on charges of child exploitation and sex trafficking.
The hoax, which included a fake news reporter claiming her house was being excavated for underground tunnels, was reportedly started by the far-right group QAnon, known for spreading debunked conspiracy theories.
The video, which appeared to be filmed in a parking lot, also claimed to show body cam footage of the raid on what looks like “a $30k bungalow in west Detroit,” not a multi-millionaire’s estate.
“The staggering amount of people believing a 100% fake story about Oprah doesn’t make me feel good about the chances of society continuing,” joked Andy Lassner, executive producer for “The Ellen Show.”
“Y’all made Oprah tweet after midnight. You should be ashamed of yourselves,” The New York Times reporter Astead Herndon tweeted.