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Music journalist and former MSNBC host Touré Neblett apologized after a former assistant publicly accused him of workplace sexual harassment.
Touré, who prefers to go only by his first name, appeared in the Lifetime documentary “Surviving R. Kelly,” which detailed multiple allegations that the R&B star engaged in sexual abuse and domestic violence.
The former “The Cycle” host later appeared on a Wednesday episode of the podcast “The Clubhouse with Mouse Jones” to promote the documentary. But when the podcast promoted the episode on Instagram, a woman named Dani left a comment reading, “But [Touré] used to sexually harass me? How that work?”
She continued, alleging that while she worked as a makeup artist with Touré on his 2017 Time Inc. show, 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 fuck me, what his cum would look like on my face.”
In a statement to Essence, which captured a screenshot of Dani’s now-deleted comment, Touré apologized for his conduct. “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,” he wrote. “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,” he continued.
Following the disclosure, actor Terry Crews, himself a victim of sexual harassment, announced he was cancelling an interview with Touré’s podcast.
— terry crews (@terrycrews) January 10, 2019
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