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Flight Attendant Sues Oprah

A former flight attendant for Oprah Winfrey has filed a lawsuit alleging she was wrongfully fired over allegations that she had sex with a married pilot while Oprah was fast asleep on her private jet. Corrine Gehrls said she worked as a flight attendant on the plane alongside Myron Gooch and Kirby Bumpus since she was hired in May 2007 by Oprah's production company, Harpo Inc. Gehrls says that Gooch and Bumpus conspired to get her and the pilot fired because of work-related disputes. Bumpus is Oprah's goddaughter and the daughter of Oprah's best friend, Gayle King. Gehrls says Bumpus and Gooch told Winfrey that she and the pilot had sex outside the plane's cockpit on June 14. Winfrey fired both Gehrls and the pilot on July 7. Gehrls says Winfrey knew the allegations were "obviously false" because the plane was on the ground refueling when the alleged contact would have been made, and the plane's passengers were dozing. The suit seeks more than $300,000 in damages. The pilot has reportedly resolved his dispute with Harpo.