Oprah Sued By Alleged Extorter
Posted on Thu Oct 23, 2008 08:25 AM PDT

Oprah Winfrey OprahSued200.jpgLOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - A Louisiana man who was accused of trying to extort money from Oprah Winfrey, is now suing the talk-show host for defamation, claiming Winfrey's statement damaged his reputation.

Keifer Bonvillain, who agreed to perform 50 hours of community service and pay $3000 in restitution, is seeking $180 million in damages.

"There was substantial damage done to my name and reputation on a world level," his complaint states. "The extent of my damages is vast."

The federal charges against him were dismissed a year later, according to the suit.

An attorney for Harpo denies any wrongdoing on Winfrey's part.

"We know that this whole episode started when the plaintiff wiretapped a Harpo employee in California," lawyer Chip Babcock told the Associated Press.

"We advised [the plaintiff] we believe that wiretapping was illegal, and this case will give us an opportunity to determine whether we were right about that."