It was the eve of Stedman’s nephew’s wedding some eight years ago, said Barbara Winfrey, 66, the ex-wife of Oprah's father Vernon.‘Stedman was going to be best man but they argued and his nephew didn’t want him anymore.
Barbara said: ‘She told Stedman a member of her security team had told her.
"There weren't a lot of people using the Internet to date back then," she says.
"I had to go to Kinko's and scan in a picture of myself for my profile." Soon after that, she was on a date.
"I met this guy for drinks, and everything was going fine.
Her emotional style did not go down well for a news programme, so she was transferred to an ailing daytime chat programme.
"I'm a lawyer, and it's a job that takes up a lot of time," she says.