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Man sues Oprah over trail access in Colorado

6/12/2014 MSNEntertainment
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A man who lives near Oprah Winfrey's new property above Telluride, Colo., is suing her for allegedly blocking access to hiking trails open to neighbors for decades.

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Retired physicist Charles D. Goodman claims Winfrey's Yellow Brick Road company, the property's former owners and the town of Mountain Village made a secret deal to close access to the trails that cut across the property purchased for $10.9 million in March.

The Denver Post reported Thursday that the former owners, Hoyt and Carol Barnett, asked for a correction to property records shortly before selling the land.

Goodman says that erased easements allowing the public to use the trails. Mountain Village denies the accusation. A Yellow Brick Road spokeswoman says it will work to ensure "reasonable" access for neighbors over portions of the land.

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