More bad news for Oprah's $46 million dollar all-girls boarding school in South Africa--the school has been hit with its second sex scandal since opening in 2007.
Seven students at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy School were suspended last week for sexually harassing their schoolmates, according to the Afrikaans on Sunday newspaper.
The girls were allegedly "intimidating others into partaking of inappropriate behaviors." One of them even harassed another student to lie to investigators about what really happened.
A letter sent to one of the suspended girls' parents reportedly read: "You have been found guilty of physical contact of a sexual nature with another pupil on campus, harassment, bullying other girls on campus and of being dishonest by not telling investigators the whole truth," reports Us Weekly.
Oprah's rep Lisa Halliday declined to comment on specifics but confirmed the girls had been suspended: "It is because they contravened the school's code of conduct. We regard the incident as confidential."
This is the second scandal that has hit the school in the past two years. Just ten months after the school opened, 15 girls reported a matron, Virginia Tiny Makgobo, 27, had sexually abused them. Such a shame!
Oprah has just released a statement in response to the newest scandal to hit her all-girls school in South Africa.
Oprah tells ET:
"I'm disappointed that several of our students chose to disregard the school's rules. It's disheartening when any student has to be suspended or expelled and it's a process that involves serious review and consideration.
"We insist on maintaining a campus environment that commands mutual respect, fosters academic excellence and encourages learners to fulfill their best potential.
"Indiscretions resulting in disciplinary action are common in schools all over the world. Unfortunately, because of my name these common infractions place the Academy in the media spotlight."