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Oprah’s Mom, Vernita Lee, Wants To Refuse To Pay $156,000 Bill

October 2, 2008
Oprah Winfreys Mom

Vernita Lee: Oprah Winfrey's Mom

Not to put anyone’s business out in the street, but you all know who Oprah Winfrey is…right?

Well, her mom has decided that she does not need to pay a $156,000 bill. The bill or extended credit was given to Ms. Lee by a high-end fashion store.

Why doesn’t Ms. Lee want to pay it? Her reason is…well, she feels they should have never extended her credit.


Look, Oprah. I mean no malice by commenting on this story about your parent. Believe me, my mom has done some bass-ackwards B.S. and there is nothing we can do about it.

This too, shall pass.

Oprah Winfrey’s mother says she shouldn’t have to pay a nearly $156,000 debt to a high-end fashion store because store officials shouldn’t have extended credit to her.

Valentina Inc. alleges that Vernita Lee of Milwaukee racked up $155,547 in purchases and interest as of July 1. The company sued, saying Lee fell behind in minimum monthly payments of $2,000.

Lee filed a counterclaim Friday contending that Valentina took advantage of her “lack of knowledge, ability, and-or capacity” when creating her credit account.

Court papers say Lee resolved a 2002 case with the company over a $175,000 bill. The resolution prohibited Valentina from extending further credit to her.


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