Oprah Winfrey Faces Lawsuit Over Land

Multimedia mogul Oprah Winfrey is facing a lawsuit over claims she has riled hikers by blocking trails through a piece of land she owns in Colorado, that were previously open to the public.

The TV titan purchased 66 acres of land close to the town of Telluride in March of this year, and local resident Charles D. Goodman (an 86-year-old nuclear physicist!) has now filed a lawsuit accusing the star and her associates of failing to protect access to footpaths.

In the legal documents, filed at San Miguel County District Court, Goodman claims the trails through the land have been protected in previous sale deals and should remain open to the public.

He tells TMZ.com, “I have no objection to Oprah to building a house. But I do not like the idea of being blocked off by gates and fences.”

A representative for Winfrey adds, “It is our hope that we can work together on a usage plan that is mutually agreeable.”

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