Oprah Winfrey is terrified of assassination. That’s one of the the claims Kitty Kelley makes in her bombshell new book, Oprah: a Biography, and the media mogul has taken broad steps to have incredibly tight security in her life. Kelley says Oprah has muti-level security precautions at her Harpo production offices.
“Reflecting Oprah’s fear of assassination, her studio is a fortress,” Kelley writes in the book. Filled with salacious details about her personal life as well as a chronology of her rise to power, the book offers a glimpse into the life of Winfrey.
“In addition to the phalanx of security guards who pass a wand over the studio audiences at the entrance, checking all purses and packages, there is a private code that Harpo employees must punch in to a computer at each steel door to be admitted. All guests must be scheduled and present identification. There is no access for visitors.”
The book goes on to detail the fundraiser Oprah held for Barack Obama at her 42-acre home in Montecito, California which she named “The Promised Land” in 2008, where “all guests were wanded by security guards after being relieved of cameras and recording devices. With the exception of a few VIPs, no one was allowed to drive into the premises, so everyone had to assemble ten miles away and be transported by shuttle buses.”
Kitty Kelley’s book hit stores Tuesday, April 13.