Oprah Winfrey’s father ordered to pay $70,000 to ex-wife after ‘cheating on her with a prostitute named ‘One Tooth’ and threatening to shoot her’.
The decision came just days after Barbara Winfrey, 66, reportedly dragged her billionaire daughter-in-law into the messy 18-month-long fight, alleging Oprah was trying to swindle her out of money.
Vernon Winfrey’s initial June 2012 petition for divorce was rejected in a November 1 ruling and Barbara’s separate bid to end their 12-year union was granted, with Oprah’s dad ordered to pay his ex-wife nearly $70,000 in attorney fees.
Barbara claimed Vernon cheated on her for years with prostitutes including one named ‘One Tooth’ and threatened to shoot her. She also claimed a woman tried to blackmail him over a sordid sex tape.
‘Barbara J. Winfrey is entitled to a divorce on the grounds of adultery and inappropriate marital conduct,’ Tennessee Supreme Court judge Donald P. Harris wrote in his ruling, according to RadarOnline.
A spokesman for Oprah told Radar that she stepped in because she didn’t want her father’s ‘life work to be dissolved.’
‘The property was in foreclosure and when it went up for auction, Ms. Winfrey bid and got it because she didn’t want her father’s life work to be dissolved,’ the rep said.
Meanwhile, new revelations of the couple’s split have emerged, with Barbara accusing Vernon in the same October 11 court papers of using his barbershop for ‘sexual escapades’ during their marriage that many in their community knew about, including the students Barbara taught at the local school.
‘One Tooth’ was the most humiliating visitor she alleged, as well as a woman who tried to blackmail Vernon, claiming she would hand over a 2008 sex tape to the local Channel 2 News if he didn’t pay up.
This sounds like a BIG MESS!, why in the heck would you mess with someone name “One Tooth”