On Wednesday, social media was buzzing about rumors that media mogul Oprah Winfrey had been arrested at her home in connection to an alleged sex trafficking ring. For a few hours on Tuesday and into Wednesday morning, gossip around the talk show host was trending on Twitter, despite the fact that there was no evidence to suggest that the rumor was true. The 66-year-old Winfrey then took to her own Twitter page to dispel the unsubstantiated rumors.

On early Wednesday morning, Winfrey posted on Twitter that the “awful FAKE” rumors were “NOT TRUE,” and that she has not been arrested. “Just sanitizing and self distancing with the rest of the world.” The post has gained more than 175,000 likes, 25,000 retweets, and over ten thousand comments. Hundreds of users are arguing with each other in the comments about the legitimacy of the rumors, and many have wondered where the gossip originated from.

Twitter user “Respectable Lawyer,” has claimed to find the source of the rumors, which is an eight-minute-long YouTube video. The video shows a man talking into a phone camera, saying that a number of “Hollywood pedophiles” are being arrested. He also claims that a property in Boca Raton, Florida, allegedly owned by Winfrey, is being raided by government agents. The man says that the house is being excavated, and that “you can actually see where the tunnels are.” The video has no photos or video footage to back up his claims.

A separate video uploaded by the same channel claims to be footage of the raid on Oprah’s house, but is most likely footage from an unrelated SWAT raid. However the video does not show Oprah in what is claimed to be her house, and the house in the video has been described as looking like a “$30k bungalow in west Detroit.” It is unlikely that Winfrey, who is worth more than $2.5 billion, would live in a small house in a dense, low-income residential neighborhood.


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