Touré, the veteran journalist and one of many participants in the Surviving R. Kelly docuseries, was accused of sexual harassment.
A makeup artist named Dani alleged that he repeatedly made inappropriate comments and asked her sexual questions.
Mouse Jones promoted an upcoming episode of The Clubhouse featuring Touré and Jamilah Lemieux. Dani commented:
Every Monday I used to work with him on a show in 2017 and 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…. I had to have the crew stay in the room [with] me while I got him ready…. And when I left I called HR…. He got fired instantly. He wrote me a huge apology for doing that in my DMs. Still have it. He did a “20/20” shoot in 2018, and I was there, and he walked out. Told the producer that he was “embarrassed [because] he was inappropriate with a staff member.” He really needs to take a seat.
A representative for the journalist sent the following statement 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 is the reporter behind the infamous 2008 interview with R. Kelly after he got acquitted for child pornography charges. He asked the singer “Do you like teenage girls?” to which Kelly responded, “When you say teenage, how old are we talking?”
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