This sounds like it’s gonna be real, real interesting.
On Monday, a hearing to determine if Oprah Winfrey‘s former stepmom, Barbara Winfrey, should be evicted from her home of 13 years, is scheduled.
The story goes that Oprah purchased the Laurelbrooke, Tenn. house for her father, Vernon, and Barbara after they wed in 2001. It was kept in the name of the limited liability company Overground Railroad, started by Oprah, according to USA Today.
However Vernon and Barbara decided to call it quits two years ago and Vernon filed for divorce amid a financial free fall.
They lost a building in Nashville where Vernon’s barbershop was located, plus both of their former homes. Oprah came to the rescue, buying all three properties out of foreclosure.
The media mogul then offered Barbara her former house “free and clear” to live in. Barbara refused the deal because, she said, it required her to sign a non-disclosure agreement with her former stepdaughter.
She dug her heels in at the Laurelbrooke mini-mansion and the legal wars began.
Even though Oprah, not Barbara, owned the house, Barbara refused to leave. “I’ve been here 13 and a half years” she said and refused to get out.
“The next offer was to sell the (Laurelbrooke) residence and split the proceeds equally, which (Barbara Winfrey) also turned down,” Oprah’s spokeswoman told USA Today. ”After several requests to voluntarily vacate the property at Willowbrooke Circle, the appropriate paperwork has been filed to have her vacate the property.”
Barbara will try arguing her case before Judge Ernie Williams on 9am Monday, but claims she’s never been after money from Oprah.
“It’s not money. It’s never been about money,” she said. “If it had been about money, I would have taken it and run a long time ago.”
We could be wrong, but Barbara, something tells us that with your seemingly stank attitude, and going up against Oprah, you’re going to be outta that house shortly.
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