Television superstar Oprah Winfrey and Lerato Nomvuyo Mzamane, former headmistress of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, reached an agreement Tuesday, avoiding a trial in a defamation suit. Mzamane v. Winfrey, et al. had been set for trial March 29 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Mzamane sued Winfrey, Harpo Productions Inc. and Harpo Inc., alleging statements Winfrey made after reports about alleged sexual abuse at the school surfaced in October 2007 defamed Mzamane.

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