The #MeToo movement has come for music journalist and former MSNBC host Touré, who is alleged to have sexually harassed one of his colleagues in 2017.
According to Essence, the accusation of sexual harassment erupted against the famed journalist this week when he appeared on the “The Clubhouse with Mouse Jones” podcast to discuss disgraced singer R. Kelly in the wake of the Lifetime documentary “Surviving R. Kelly” that profiled several young women who claim to have been abused by the singer.
On this very special episode @Mouse_Jones sits down with @JamilahLemieux and @Toure to discuss the recent R. Kelly documentary and the aftermath that has ensued from the series. 👉🏿 https://t.co/sKW8aZtye0 #TeamLSN @LSNpodcasts #TheClubhouse 🏚 pic.twitter.com/MDVkCW8hEn
— The ClubHouse (@clubhousepod_) January 9, 2019
When the show advertised the episode featuring Touré on Instagram, a comment appeared from a make-up artist named “Dani,” who alleged that the former MSNBC host sexually harassed her while working with him on a People/Entertainment Weekly show in 2017. “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 said in the post.
Dani said that Touré’s sexual harassment disturbed her so much that she would have crew members in the room with them as she would prepare the makeup. She eventually quit and reported his behavior to human resources. She claims that he was fired; Touré’s reps claim that her agreement had expired.
Speaking with ESSENCE, Dani said that she worked with him during most of 2017 before leaving in October of that year, which was right around the time that sexual misconduct allegations broke against disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. Touré also allegedly apologized to her in several Instagram messages she shared with the outlet. As to why she reported him to HR after she quit, Dani says that she could not stomach seeing him go on talk shows to discuss the allegations against Weinstein.
“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. “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.”
In a statement released through his rep, the former MSNBC host said that he regularly engaged in “edgy, crass banter” and is sorry for making Dani feel uncomfortable.
“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,” the statement said. “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.”