this can't be true
Oprah Winfrey's father ordered to pay $70,000 to ex-wife after
'cheating on her with a prostitute named 'One Tooth' and threatening to
- Vernon Winfrey's initial June 2012 petition for divorce was rejected in a November 1 ruling in Tennessee
wife of 12 years Barbara Winfrey's separate bid was granted because of
the 79-year-old's 'adultery and inappropriate marital conduct'
- The decision came just days after Barbara, 66, alleged Oprah was trying to swindle her out of money
A judge has sided with Oprah
Winfrey's estranged stepmother in a bitter divorce battle, ruling her
79-year-old father's 'adultery and inappropriate marital conduct' were
behind the couple's split.
decision came just days after Barbara Winfrey, 66, reportedly dragged
her billionaire daughter-in-law into the messy 18-month-long fight,
alleging Oprah was trying to swindle her out of money.
Winfrey's initial June 2012 petition for divorce was rejected in a
November 1 ruling and Barbara's separate bid to end their 12-year union
was granted, with Oprah's dad ordered to pay his ex-wife nearly $70,000
in attorney fees.
Barbara claimed Vernon cheated on her
for years with prostitutes including one named 'One Tooth' and
threatened to shoot her. She also claimed a woman tried to blackmail him over a sordid sex tape.
Divorce: Barbara Winfrey, pictured left in 2003,
was granted a divorce from her husband of 12 years Vernon Winfrey,
center, and Oprah Winfrey, right, was dragged into the battle
'Barbara J. Winfrey is
entitled to a divorce on the grounds of adultery and inappropriate
marital conduct,' Tennessee Supreme Court judge Donald P. Harris wrote
in his ruling, according to RadarOnline.
National Enquirer reported that court papers filed on October 11 by
Barbara Winfrey alleged 'several pieces of marital property' had been
placed in a trust to avoid sharing them with her.
The documents also allege Oprah
slashed her father's stipend in a bid to limit any income payments he
may have to pay his ex-wife and also set up a trust that deliberately
November 1 ruling stated that the TV talk show star purchased a
property her father and his wife owned after he had gifted it to another
man, Thomas Walker, who then defaulted on the mortgage.
court finds (Vernon Winfrey) allowed (the marital property) to go into
foreclosure knowing that it would be purchased by his daughter, Oprah,
for his and Thomas Walker's benefit and to defeat any interest of
Barbara Winfrey,' the ruling stated.
As such, Harris ruled that Barbara should be 'held harmless from the payment of this indebtedness' and penalized Vernon, ordering that he be held liable for one of the pair's loan accounts.
Property: The judge stated in the ruling that
Vernon Winfrey had allowed his marital home to go to foreclosure knowing
Oprah, pictured, would purchase it for his benefit
A spokesman for Oprah told Radar that she stepped in because she didn't want her father's 'life work to be dissolved.'
property was in foreclosure and when it went up for auction, Ms.
Winfrey bid and got it because she didn't want her father's life work to
be dissolved,' the rep said.
new revelations of the couple's split have emerged, with Barbara
accusing Vernon in the same October 11 court papers of using his
barbershop for 'sexual escapades' during their marriage that many in
their community knew about, including the students Barbara taught at the
Tooth' was the most humiliating visitor she alleged, as well as a woman
who tried to blackmail Vernon, claiming she would hand over a 2008 sex
tape to the local Channel 2 News if he didn't pay up.
May, Vernon reportedly admitted he'd been filmed in the act and that
the offending tape had been offered to the ABC News affiliate for
broadcast but he said 'I think the fellow refused to do so.'
He added he was never going to pay up, and would have accepted the consequences of the tape going to air.
is furious at Barbara for trying to drag both her and her father
through the mud,' a family member reportedly told the Enquirer.
loves her father but she's stunned at Barbara's sensational claims. The
allegations about the prostitute and the gun are almost too much to
take. The idea that her father would conduct himself this way is very
disturbing to Oprah.'
court documents also describe how Vernon allegedly threatened to shoot
her when he was 'drunk and angry' one night and 'chased (her) around the
island in their kitchen with a gun in his pocket, saying he would shoot
admitted during the deposition that the couple had a disagreement and
that he was in possession of a gun but said he never attempted to put
his hand on his weapon.