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CHICAGO (CBS/AP) Corrine Gehrls, a former flight attendant on Oprah Winfrey's private jet who says she was fired after she was accused of having sex during a flight in June, has filed a federal lawsuit denying the allegations.
The lawsuit filed Friday by Gehrls, 39, alleges that flight attendant Myron Gooch and Winfrey's goddaughter, Kirby Bumpus, made false and defamatory accusations to cause her to be fired.
According to the lawsuit, Gehrls and chief pilot Terry Pansing were fired a short time after the allegations were made, even though they passed polygraph tests about the incident.
A spokesman for Harpo Inc., Winfrey's production company, declined to comment Friday.
The lawsuit seeks more than $75,000 in damages from Gooch, Bumpus and Harpo.