Oprah Says She’s Not Exploiting Henrietta Lacks Story

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HBO's "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" TV Movie New York City Premiere - Arrivals
Oprah may be the star of the new HBO movie, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” but that’s about it. The billionaire mogul has denied that she is exploiting the life of Henrietta Lacks with her new HBO film after Lack’s accused Ms. O of just that.“Do I think the Lacks family should have been paid for all of those cells by all the millions of drug companies in the world who have used those cells…of course they should have. Do I think that its now my responsibility or HBO to compensate for that, no. It was our job to bring the story to light and it is a shame that they were never compensated. But I will tell you this, Deborah [Henrietta’s youngest daughter] to her dying day never cared about the money she just cared about her mother and her story being told.”

The film is based on Lack’s whose cervical cancer cells were used without her knowledge (and no compensation) for a scientific breakthrough in cancer. Her cells are still used in science today.

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