Fact check: Oprah Winfrey is NOT on house arrest for trafficking kids

Oprah Winfrey on the red carpet
Oprah Winfrey has been the subject of an internet conspiracy theory with folks claiming she was put under house arrest for sex trafficking. Pic credit: © StarMaxWorldwide

Despite rumors and conspiracy theories floating around the internet since mid-March, we can confirm Oprah Winfrey is not under house arrest for trafficking children.

Three months ago, rumors circulated the internet that Oprah Winfrey, along with several other celebrities like Ellen DeGeneres, had been arrested for sex trafficking.

Conspiracists accused celebrities of using the coronavirus pandemic and social-distancing as an excuse for appearing in the public.

On March 18, Oprah got wind of these rumors, and she assured fans that they were malicious fake allegations.

She took to Twitter to tell her nearly 43 million followers: “Just got a phone call that my name is trending. And being trolled for some awful FAKE thing.”

“It’s NOT TRUE,” wrote the 66-year-old TV host and actress. “Haven’t been raided or arrested.”

She concluded her post with: “Just sanitizing and self-distancing with the rest of the world. Stay safe, everybody.”

Rumors about Oprah have spread across social media

According to CNN, the conspiracy theories were started and spread by a group calling themselves QAnon.

Acting independently, this group of individuals aims to spread outrageous conspiracy theories affecting Hollywood celebrities. They often use the hashtag #PizzaGate.

One Twitter user claimed: “All those celebrities who claimed to have Coronavirus LIED. They are all on house arrest and under investigation for CHILD PORNOGRAPHY AND TRAFFICKING. From Tom Hanks to Oprah.”

The old conspiracy theory has gathered legs again, with many people reposting it in the last few days.

Tom Hanks and Ellen DeGeneres have also been caught up in conspiracy theory

Tom Hanks has been caught up in the same rumor with allegations that he lied about contracting COVID-19 to cover up his house arrest.

Some folks have touted videos and pictures from social media as evidence that Oprah and Ellen are under house arrest by claiming they are wearing ankle bracelets.

QAnon has also shared Facebook posts claiming that the coronavirus is the biggest covert U.S. intelligence operation that the world has ever seen.

Meanwhile, Oprah Winfrey’s network, OWN, will be broadcasting a two-night town hall to discuss systemic racism in America.

Oprah will, of course, be hosting the event, which is called Spotlight: Where Do We Go from Here?

Oprah has been quarantining with her partner Stedman Graham at their home in Santa Barbara, California, since the start of the pandemic.

Having suffered a bout of pneumonia last year, Oprah has not wanted to risk becoming ill.

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