- Oprah Winfrey was in Zurich to attend Tina Turner’s wedding when incident happened
- TV star, worth $3billion, went to an exclusive Trois Pommes store during shopping trip
- Shop assistant told Winfrey ‘you won’t be able to afford’ the bag
- Store’s owner has apologised for behaviour of employee and blamed a ‘misunderstanding’
A top store in Switzerland has apologized to Oprah Winfrey for refusing to let her look at a $38,000 handbag but has denied it was because the shop assistant was being racist.
Winfrey was shopping in the city ahead of Tina Turner’s star-studded wedding to Erwin Bach earlier this month when a shop assistant failed to recognize her told her ‘she wouldn’t be able to afford’ the handbag she requested to see.
She said the incident taught her racism was still an issue – even when you are a world-famous celebrity.
She told Entertainment Tonight: ‘I was in Zurich the other day, in a store whose name I will not mention. I didn’t have my eyelashes on, but I was in full Oprah Winfrey gear. I had my little Donna Karan skirt and my little sandals. But obviously ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ is not shown in Zurich.
‘I go into a store and I say to the woman, ‘Excuse me, could I see the bag right above your head?’ and she says to me, ‘No. It’s too expensive.”
The saleswoman went on to suggest she look at cheaper bags. ‘I left the store but it proves that racism is still an issue,’ Oprah added