Oprah defending her reputation in wake of school scandal

Oprah Winfrey says that changes will be made to prevent the kind of scandal that is rocking her school for girls in South Africa.

She says she will "do whatever is necessary" to make sure the Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls is a safe place for the kids who attend.

The comments come as a former matron stands accused of abusing students at the school. In a news conference yesterday, Winfrey said there were security checks in place to look into the background of prospective employees, but acknowledges now that the process "was inadequate."

Winfrey says she doesn't think the allegations will damage her personal reputation, despite the fact that she has put her name and money behind the facility.

She says she has "done nothing wrong" and has always tried to do "what was best to protect the children" at the school. She says officials at the academy hid facts, told students to "put on happy faces" and not to complain to her about problems there.


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