Oprah shoots down rumor she was arrested for child sex-traffickinghttps://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/mar/18/oprah-winfrey-shoots-down-awful-rumor-she-was-arre/
Oprah Winfrey on Wednesday was forced to deny rumors linked to the far-right QAnon conspiracy theory that she was arrested for her involvement in a child sex-trafficking ring.
“Just got a phone call that my name is trending,” the media mogul tweeted to her 43 million followers. “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,” she said, referring to the coronavirus pandemic.
A fake story reportedly pushed by QAnon conspiracists went viral Tuesday alleging that Ms. Winfrey had been arrested and that authorities raided her home in Boca Raton, Florida. The fabricated report also implicated other celebrities such as Celine Dion, Madonna, Charles Barkley and Kevin Spacey, Newsweek reported.
“Oprah” and “OPRAH DID WHAT” were among Twitter’s top trending topics in the U.S. after the fake report, NBC News reported.