Touré, the veteran journalist and cultural critic who was among the many contributors to the Lifetime documentary sequence “Surviving R. Kelly,” has been accused of sexual harassment and has issued a response to the accusation, Essence experiences. A make-up artist named Dani alleged that whereas engaged on a TV present collectively in 2017, Touré repeatedly requested her sexually charged questions and made inappropriate feedback.
In a touch upon an Instagram post selling an look by Touré on the Clubhouse With Mouse Jones Podcast, Dani wrote:
Every Monday I used to work with him on a present in 2017 and he couldn’t cease asking me to do anal, how I regarded bare, if I had intercourse over the weekend, what it might be prefer to fuck me, what his cum would appear like on my face…. I needed to have the crew keep within the room [with] me whereas I bought him prepared…. And once I left I referred to as HR…. He bought fired immediately. He wrote me an enormous apology for doing that in my DMs. Still have it. He did a “20/20” shoot in 2018, and I used to be there, and he walked out. Told the producer that he was “embarrassed [because] he was inappropriate with a staff member.” He actually wants to sit.
She reiterated her claims in an interview with Essence.
A consultant for Touré despatched the next assertion to Essence: “On the show, our team, including myself, engaged in edgy, crass banter, that at the time I did not think was offensive for our tight-knit group. I am sorry for my language and for making her feel uncomfortable in any way. As a lead on the show, I should have refrained from this behavior. I have learned and grown from this experience.”
Touré interviewed R. Kelly for BET in 2008, shortly after Kelly was acquitted on child pornography charges. In the interview, Touré requested Kelly, “Do you like teenage girls?” to which Kelly responded, “When you say teenage, how old are we talking?” Touré mirrored on the expertise in a Daily Beast essay in 2017. He additionally spoke concerning the BET interview in “Surviving R. Kelly.”
As Jezebel notes, actor/comic Terry Crews—who has been an advocate for sexual assault survivors and opened up publicly about his personal expertise being groped by a Hollywood executive—introduced yesterday (January 10) that he had canceled a scheduled appearance on Touré’s podcast.
If you might be being sexually harassed, you possibly can report it to the authorities at your job, college, or native regulation enforcement. For extra info go to https://www.rainn.org/ThatsHarassment