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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Man Wants $180 Million From Oprah Winfrey and Others, Claims They Defamed Him As a Result of Extortion Arrest

Keifer Bonvillain is suing talk show host Oprah Winfrey, the FBI, and Ms. Winfrey's attorney charging that they caused him to be arrested over statements he made in a taped phone conversation with one of her company's employees in 2006 that law enforcement later determined sounded like extortion. The FBI arrested Mr. Bonvillain over the statements, but charges were dropped after he agreed to perform community service and pay restitution to a potential buyer of the taped conversation. Mr. Bonvillain now alleges that Ms. Winfrey and others have damaged his reputation. He wants $180 million. Read more here in an AP story and here in a Times of India story.

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