After a long, successful 25-year career in television, Oprah Winfrey taped her final show last week. With the studio seats packed to capacity, greats from Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder to Madonna and Beyoncé came out and supported in large numbers.
But what if you were not on the A-list guest list, how far would you go to get tickets to the mogul’s last Harpo taping?
One man faked his own mugging and alleged “one African-American and one Hispanic” did the crime.
Robert Spearing, 44, drove down from Ontario to Chicago last week after surprising his wife with the news that he had tickets to the Oprah Farewell Spectacular.
One day before the taping, and afraid to tell his wife that they had driven to Chicago with no tickets, Spearing faked being mugged. Police say that the man cut his forehead with a rock, and in an effort to mimic the injuries from a street robbery, he scuffed his hands on the sidewalk.
He was taken to the hospital, but after growing suspicions such as, "why would two robbers want Oprah tickets?” police discovered that the Ontario resident was lying.
For filing the false police report, Spearing was charged with one count of felony disorderly conduct.
He will appear in court next Tuesday.
(Photos, from left: Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images, Chicago Law Enforcement)