Oprah Winfrey's all-girl boarding school in South Africa has been hit with another scandal after students were reportedly expelled for sexual misconduct.
Seven students were dismissed from The South African Leadership Academy for Girls last week (begs23Mar09). They are accused of sexually harassing their schoolmates after allegedly being caught fondling each other.
A letter to the parents of one accused 15-year-old reads: "You have been found guilty of physical contact of a sexual nature with another pupil on campus, harassment, bullying other girls on campus and of being dishonest by not telling investigators the whole truth", reports local weekend newspaper Afrikaans on Sunday.
Winfrey's spokesperson, Lisa Halliday, confirms the girls had violated the school's code of conduct but would not give any further information.
Halliday tells the New York Post, "We consider this to be a confidential school matter. Therefore, we will not confirm any personal information or disclose any details related to these expulsions."
It is the second sex scandal to hit the boarding school in as many years. The institution was rocked by allegations of sexual abuse just months after its opening in 2007.
School matron Virginia Tiny Makgobo, 27, was charged with indecent assault, common assault, soliciting a minor to perform an indecent act and verbal abuse of girls at the school. She has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is due back in court on 1 June (09).