Journalist Touré Issues Apology After Being Accused Of Workplace Sexual Harassment
Touré recently appeared on the Surviving R. Kelly documentary series.
Journalist Touré has been accused of workplace sexual harassment by a makeup artist who previously worked with him. The accusation came about on an Instagram clip taken from a recent episode of The Clubhouse with Mouse Jones, where Touré discussed his 2008 interview with R. Kelly and his role in the Surviving R. Kelly documentary series.
Dani, a makeup artist who now works for Good Morning America, wrote in the comments that Touré had sexually harassed her in 2017 while the two were working on a Time Inc. show, according to Essence.
“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…” Dani wrote in the comments.
Also included in Essence’s report are screenshots of Touré’s apology he sent Dani on Instagram after she wrote her comment.
“Look, I’ve learned a lot watching this happen,” the apology reads. “The way I teased you is no longer funny to me. I had no idea how rampant it is and how much it gets in a working woman’s way and how I was contributing to a whole environment of bs.”
Dani also spoke with Essence about her experience working with Touré and why she reported him to human resources after she left Time (Dani left before Touré did but according to his rep he left not because of the report but because his agreement was over).
“He went on Hot97 to talk about Harvey Weinstein [after he apologized]. I accepted his apology and was ok to move on but, you can’t be a sexual predator and go around shaming other predators,” she said.
She said she shared her story on Instagram because of the media appearances he was making in regards to Surviving R. Kelly.
“When I saw him going around as R. Kelly’s docuseries spokesman to different radio stations, the lies had to stop. I’ve worked with Mouse Jones before and wanted him to know the truth,” she said.
Since then, Touré has issued an apology 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.”