After seeing music journalist Touré Neblett seem in a 2008 clip interviewing R. Kelly on the “Surviving R. Kelly” docuseries – which particulars the allegations of abuse in opposition to the R&B artist – a girl mentioned she was impressed to return ahead together with her personal accusations in opposition to the previous MSNBC host.
The girl, who goes by Dani, advised Essence on Friday that she labored as a make-up artist with Touré in 2017 at Time Inc. the place he allegedly made sexually express feedback to her on set.
“I labored with him most of 2017, I left in October, earlier than he left,” she claimed to the outlet, including that she reported Touré, who goes by his first title, to human assets.
Touré denied the allegations in a press release to Essence.
“On the present, our workforce, together with myself, engaged in edgy, crass banter, that on the time I didn’t assume was offensive for our tight-knit group. I’m sorry for my language and for making her really feel uncomfortable in any means. As a lead on the present, I ought to have shunned this habits. I’ve discovered and grown from this expertise,” Touré mentioned.
A rep for Touré didn’t instantly return Fox Information’ request for remark. Meredith Corp, which purchased Time Inc. in 2018, had no remark when reached by Fox Information.
Dani first accused Touré of harassment on an Instagram put up from the journalist’s latest look on “The Membership Home” by which he discusses the allegations in opposition to R. Kelly, “However @toureshow used to sexually harass me? How that work?” she wrote on Wednesday in a since-deleted remark obtained by Essence.
Dani additionally claimed she obtained an apology from Touré over Instagram.
“He went on Sizzling97 to speak about Harvey Weinstein (after he apologized). I accepted his apology and was OK to maneuver on however, you may’t be a sexual predator and go round shaming different predators,” she advised Essence.
The make-up artist mentioned she got here ahead, after seeing Touré “going round as R. Kelly’s docuseries spokesman to totally different radio stations,” that “the lies needed to cease.”
“I’ve labored with Mouse Jones earlier than and wished him to know the reality,” she said.
Touré was a part of MSNBC’s “The Cycle,” an ensemble present that was canceled in 2015 after a two-year run. “The Cycle” additionally included Abby Huntsman, Ari Melber, S.E. Cupp and Steve Kornacki — who’ve all discovered success on different packages.
Previous to his gig at MSNBC, Touré had quite a lot of jobs in journalism, together with a stint at BET Information, the place he carried out an notorious interview with R. Kelly in 2008. On the time, the R&B legend’s solutions raised eyebrows when Touré pressed him about having sexual relations with teenage women. Consequently, Touré has been again within the public eye as a result of he’s a part of the favored “Surviving R. Kelly” docuseries.