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Oprah halts teacher lawsuit

Oprah Winfrey has settled a defamation lawsuit filed by a headmistress she accused of performing poorly at her South African school.

The lawsuit by former headmistress Nomvuyo Mzamane claimed Winfrey defamed her in remarks made after the 2007 sex abuse scandal at the school.

Ms Mzamane said she had trouble finding a job after Winfrey stated she had "lost confidence" in her.

A trial had been set to start next week, with Winfrey and some schoolgirls expected to testify. But a joint statement said Winfrey and Ms Mzamane met to resolve their differences.

"The two parties met woman to woman without their lawyers and are happy that they could resolve this dispute peacefully to their mutual satisfaction," the statement said.