#MeToo: Touré, Journalist Who Appeared in 'Surviving R. Kelly,' Accused of Sexual Harassment
Pot, meet kettle.
Fresh off the whirlwind success of Lifetime Network's controversial "Surviving R. Kelly" documentary, longtime music journalist Touré, one of the many high-profiled contributors featured in the series, has been accused of sexual harassment by his former makeup artist.
The makeup artist who goes by @danimakeup on Instagram called Touré out on another Instagram page where he was pictured with another contributor from the documentary, Jamilah Lemieux, while being congratulated on the show's success. Dani didn't waste any time telling other followers of the page about her interactions with Touré.
She wrote: "But @toureshow used to sexually harass me? How [does] that work?"
And that's when the floodgates opened. The alleged harassment took place in 2017 when the two worked on a TV show. Dani charged that the journalist repeatedly made inappropriate sexually explicit comments and asked extremely personal questions about her sex life.
"I had to have the crew stay in the room [with] me while I got him ready....," she explained. "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."
She then posted the alleged apology from Touré dated November 2017 that actually read more like a plea to not further disclose his egregious behavior.
It appeared Dani accepted his apology and they both moved on with their lives. After he was exposed, the journalist issued a statement to Essence, which was first to report on the allegations. Touré seemingly downplayed the harassment by making it appear that everyone took part in crass conversations in the workplace.
"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," he disclosed.
This was only a little over a year ago. Touré wasn't fresh out of school. He is a seasoned, working journalist who knew better and thought that his disgusting actions wouldn't come back to haunt him. He tirelessly spoke out against other predators, but refused to apply that level of accountability to his own behavior.
If growth and learning had been obtained from this incident, why didn't Touré come forward before the taping of the documentary or even after?
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"You better think of something quick. You're running out of time," said Faith Rodgers attorney, of R. Kelly.
Faith Rodgers , 21, spoke to New York police Monday and unveiled a threatening letter allegedly written by R. Kelly last October.
Rodgers is suing Kelly for nonconsensual acts he allegedly forced her into in 2017, when she was 19.
In the notarized letter to attorney Gloria Allred, who is representing Rodgers, Kelly allegedly wrote "if she persists in court action, she will be subjected to public opinion," that she should have test results "proving the origin of her STD claim." The letter also said Kelly would request "10 personal male witnesses testifying about her sex life."
"If Ms. Rodgers really cares about her own reputation, she should cease her participation and association with the organizers of this negative campaign," the letter allegedly signed by Kelly says.
Kelly's attorney told CBS News the letter is "a fake" saying "R. Kelly can't read, write or type. He didn't send any letter."
Rodgers' attorney said of Kelly's future: "You better think of something quick. You're running out of time."
"Mr. Kelly, your disgusting tactics will not prevent women who allege that they were victimized from telling their truth."
Last week, an arrest warrant was issued for his former manager, James Mason, for an incident report in May 2018 where threats were made against one of the girls' fathers. The report quoted Mason threatening to kill Timothy Savage and family: "I'm going to do harm to you and your family, when I see you I'm gonna get you, I'm going to f**king kill you," Mason was quoted as saying in the police report, obtained by CNN.
As women come forward post the "Surviving R. Kelly" documentary, Kelly maintains his innocence.
Steven Greenberg, told NBC News that neither he nor Kelly has watched the documentary and said of the accusers, "They're just haters trying to ruin his career."
Several artists have spoken out in support of the accusers, including John Legend, Keke Palmer, Lady Gaga, and even Kelly's own daughter, Joann Kelly. Celine Dion and Chance the Rapper have reportedly pulled their music collaborations with him from streaming services.
Rodgers said she could forgive Kelly, but also believes he should be in jail. Additionally, she said: " He needs help not only mental help he needs spiritual help."
Reader Question: Do you think this letter will result in charges being brought against Kelly?
All three of his children, and his ex-wife, have not spoken to him in years.
Singer Buku Abi, real name Joann Kelly, posted on Instagram saying she was "devastated" by the recent accusations in the documentary "Surviving R. Kelly."
The 20-year-old said she hasn't seen or spoken to him in years, calling him a "terrible" father.
There were repeated requests by him and his label to work with the teenage girls. Matthew Knowles, said of the girls: "They did not leave our eyes."
Beyoncé's father, Matthew Knowles said Destiny's Child stayed away from R. Kelly because they had heard of his reputation back in the late '90s.
"The girls were 15, 16," he said. "When they went to the bathroom, Tina would go with them. They did not leave our eyes."
An investigation found there were grounds to terminate Moonves for cause.
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Simmons previously said: "I vehemently deny all the [rape] allegations made against me."