Oprah Slapped with Suit

07/03/1998 at 12:00 AM EDT

Three women have sued Oprah Winfrey for more than $750,000 in damages, alleging that the talk show queen presented them on the air as victims of domestic violence when, in fact, they were not. Tracy Hoaglund, Margaret Mitchell and Gloria Toney said in their lawsuit that for a show that was broadcast last April they had agreed to appear in a taped segment to discuss a computer workshop run by a woman who also helps victims of abuse. The interview was apparently shot in a shelter for battered women, which was how the trio was presented on the show, the complaint says. As a result, they "have been approached by friends, co-workers, and even complete strangers wishing to discuss their alleged abusive pasts or demonstrating scorn, contempt or ridicule of their appearance on the program," declare the legal papers. A rep for Oprah declined comment on the lawsuit to the Associated Press.

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