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No, Oprah Winfrey was not arrested for sex trafficking: Media mogul takes to Twitter to deny QAnon rumors

Talk show host Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey denies rumors she was arrested for sex trafficking. Pic credit: ©ImageCollect.com/StarMaxWorldwide

Oprah Winfrey has denied rumors that she has been arrested for sex trafficking.

Oprah, 66, took to Twitter earlier today to deny claims originating from fake online news sources that law enforcement authorities raided her home in Boca Raton, Florida and she was arrested and charged for sex trafficking.

The rumors quickly went viral on Twitter, and Oprah’s name began trending on the social media platform last night.

Oprah tweeted that the claims were not true. She said that her home has not been raided and that she has not been arrested.

She added that she hasn’t been seen in public recently only because she has been “sanitizing and self-distancing” due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“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.”

Rumors allegedly originated from QAnon conspiracy theorists

According to the Daily Mail, the rumors were sparked by fake news reports from the notorious QAnon conspiracy theorists.

These are the same people who promote the political-motivated theory that a “deep state” is working to overthrow President Donald Trump’s administration.

They also claim that many Hollywood celebrities and members of the political elite belong to a powerful pedophile sex trafficking ring.

The reports originated from a video that was posted on YouTube on March 15.

The video shows a man who claimed that law enforcement agents were excavating Oprah’s home to uncover underground tunnels used for sex trafficking.

Several Twitter users posted fake news clippings that claimed former Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein testified as part of a plea deal against several Hollywood celebrities.

The names reportedly included Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hanks, Celine Dion, Madonna, Charles Barkley, John Travolta, Steven Spielberg, and Charlie Sheen.

The list of people allegedly implicated by Harvey Weinstein also included several top public and political figures, such as Bill Clinton, Prince Andrew, and top Vatican officials.

It was alleged that Tom Hanks was arrested for sex trafficking

Conspiracy theorists alleged that Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, have been arrested for pedophilia sex trafficking.

They claimed Hanks and Wilson said they were in coronavirus illness quarantine to cover up the truth that they had been arrested.

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Although the QAnon conspiracy theories about Oprah Winfrey and other celebrities remain uncorroborated and the sources obviously questionable, many Twitter users appeared to believe them.

But some social media users have been attempting to push back against the rumors about Oprah Winfrey by assuring people that they were false.

Andy Lassner, a producer on Ellen DeGeneres show, was one of several Twitter users who took to the social media platform to express amazement that so many people would believe such obviously fake reports about Oprah Winfrey.


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