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Winfrey due in Philly for defamation trial

March 17, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Oprah Winfrey is scheduled to go to trial for defamation later this month.The lawsuit stems from a sex scandal at the school she set up for girls in South Africa in 2007.

A dorm matron was eventually charged with abusing students. A former headmistress at the school accuses Winfrey of making false and defamatory remarks about her handling of the situation.

Winfrey's lawyers tried to get the case dismissed, but a judge in Philadelphia has ruled it will go to trial March 29.

Her lawyers say Winfrey has rearranged her TV production schedule so she could be in court.