The lawsuit alleges that fellow flight attendants Myron Gooch and Kirby Bumpus – who is the daughter of Winfrey's best friend Gayle King and is Winfrey's goddaughter– accused Gehrls and Terry Pansing, a 57-year-old pilot, of having sexual intercourse during a flight in which the talk show host and other passengers slept "following their ingestion of sleeping pills".
Gehrls claimed that Gooch made the accusation after Pansing reportedly complained about his work schedule and demanded that he stay in nicer hotels than the rest of the flight crew. Gehrls is seeking more than 75,000 dollars in damages from Gooch, Bumpus and Harpo Inc., Winfrey's production company, reports Usmagazine.
The lawsuit said that the both Gehrls and Pansing passed polygraph tests after the accusation but were not rehired. A spokesperson for Harpo Inc. had no comment.
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