Suit Denies Sex on Oprah's Jet

By BJ Lutz
|  Saturday, Oct 10, 2009  |  Updated 7:14 AM PDT
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Suit Denies Sex on Oprah's Jet

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A former flight attendant on Oprah Winfrey's private jet who lost her job after allegedly having sex with a pilot while the talk show diva snoozed on sleeping pills says her accusers are lying.

A former flight attendant on Oprah Winfrey's private jet who lost her job after allegedly having sex with a pilot while the talk show diva snoozed on sleeping pills says her accusers are lying.

In a lawsuit filed Friday, Corrine Gehrle says Kirby Bumpus, who is the daughter of Winfrey's friend, Gayle King, and another flight attendant, Myron Gooch, falsely accused her of having "inappropriate intimate behavior" with the plane's pilot, Terry Pansing, during a refueling stop in June.

Gehrle denies any such activity.  She and Pansing, who is married, were fired and despite passing polygraph tests, were not reinstated, the suit said.

She claims Bumpus and Gooch made the accusation in retaliation for work-related disputes. 

Her complaint also claims Oprah overlooked attendance and insubordination infractions.

She's suing for more than $75,000 in damages from Gooch, Bumpus and Oprah's production company. 

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