Touré Accused of Sexual Harassment, Responds to Accuser
Music journalist Touré has been accused of sexual harassment by a makeup artist he used to work with on 2017 on a Time Inc. show. The allegations surfaced after Touré appeared in dream hampton’s Lifetime docuseries, Surviving R. Kelly, which featured multiple young women accusing the famed R&B singer of pedophilia, sexual misconduct, and physical and emotional abuse. Touré’s infamous 2008 interview with R. Kelly -- in which he asked the Grammy award winner if he likes teenage girls -- was a major feature in the documentary. At the time, Kelly responded, “When you say teenage, how old are we talking?” Earlier this week, Touré appeared on The Clubhouse with Mouse Jones podcast to once again discuss Kelly. The makeup artist, who goes by the name Dani, left a comment on the show’s Instagram post advertising the episode detailing her own experiences. “He couldn’t stop asking me to do anal, how I looked naked, if I had sex over the weekend, what it would be like to f–k me,” she alleged in the post. She told Essence Magazine that she reported Touré to Time Inc. human resources. He left Time Inc. after that; according to his rep because his agreement was over. She says that Touré has since apologized to her in a DM. And the 47-year-old culture critic apologized publicly as well, releasing this statement through his rep: “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.” Actor/comedian Terry Crews, who has been an advocate for sexual assault survivors and opened up publicly about his own experience being groped by a Hollywood executive, announced Friday that he had canceled a scheduled appearance on Touré's podcast. More here.