Oprah's Mom Sues Store Over Huge Credit Account

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- 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.

A message left for Valentina co-owner Tony Chirchirillo was not returned Tuesday


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  • by Mary Location: North Carolina on Oct 4, 2008 at 02:39 PM
    The article states "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." I'm not sure about you, but I am sure if a company had already resolved a case with me, my name would be showing up on their "NO CREDIT" list. While I don't think that should negate Ms. Lee's responsibility of paying the current bill, I do think the company should accept some responsibility for it also.
  • by ??? Location: NC on Oct 4, 2008 at 11:53 AM
    I feel so sorry for her. Yeah right! Is she senile?Her age wasnt given but any adult in thier right mind should know better.She should be made to pay with interest.Let her little Uber rich daughter pay her way out so she can do it a third time.
  • by whatever on Oct 4, 2008 at 05:39 AM
    I hate Oprah anyway.... just another reason to hate her and her family more. She's an Obama supporter too. Loser!
  • by hey you idiot on Oct 3, 2008 at 11:50 PM
    she probably used all of those mail order credit cards and checks that banks so stupidly send out....probably what has gotten us in all the crap our country is in now,,,while bush lies for 8 years as he and cheney say the economy is good. our chilldren will suffer in the future jobless and homeless.
  • by The Bear Location: Greenville on Oct 3, 2008 at 07:17 PM
    According to the article, this is the second time this woman has had this issue. Sounds like a set-up to me. To blame the company for her stupidity is ridiculous. She knows exactly what she is doing. She knows, also, as every other honest American knows, if the company had denied her credit, she would have sued for racial discrimination. Goes on all the time. Nothing in the world but a scam job. While I don't believe Oprah is responsible for her mother, she is always willing to "help" others, so she might consider stepping up to this situation. If the truth were known, I'd be willing to bet her relationship with Oprah had something to do with the company's willingness to allow this to go on. As far as the cars Oprah " gave" her audience, if I'm not mistaken, the cars were donated by Pontiac. Not Oprah!!! I have only one question for the company. How many other customers have been allowed to "settle" their accounts. Should be interesting.
  • by joseph Location: kinston on Oct 3, 2008 at 12:55 PM
    just hold on a while come feb 2009 Obamanomics will save you.heck you might get extended credit offers.
  • by Foxfire Location: NC on Oct 3, 2008 at 08:25 AM
    Lack of knowledge, ability and/or capacity??? I'd like to see her application for credit!
  • by Geez Location: NC on Oct 3, 2008 at 07:58 AM
    Ja'Quana, Oprah's mother's last name is not Winfrey. So you think it was OK to take the companies items? She surely should pay what she owes, isn't that the way one is supposed to do things? Or do you scam companies too????
  • by Ja'Quana Location: Kinston on Oct 3, 2008 at 05:35 AM
    That is right Ms. Winfrey. Do not let them get your money. Banks are so easy to get over on. They need better security when it comes to banks.
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Oct 2, 2008 at 10:48 PM
    tj; Maybe Oprah is trying to teach her irresponsible Mother a lesson. Just because Oprah is filthy rich, it doesn't mean she owes it to her Mother to pay for her reckless spending.
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