Activist, actor and athlete Terry Crews, a vocal opponent of sexism, canceled a scheduled appearance on music journalist Touré Neblett’s live podcast after allegations of sexual harassment resurfaced against Touré.
Toure and Crews were scheduled to meet in Brooklyn for a live interview at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 10. They planned to discuss Crews’ acting career and journey to success. Two minutes after the interview was set to go live, Crews announced that it has been canceled.
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The “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star didn’t explain why he canceled. “It most likely pertains to the resurfaced allegations brought against the journalist,” Vibe reported.
Crews was honored in May 2018 by the anti-sexual violence organization Safe Horizon. He recalled childhood memories of his alcoholic father abusing his mother, and his mother’s perceived inability to escape that cycle, according to HuffPost.
We're shooting Toure Show live this week on Thursday 1/10 at 6:30pm at @BRICTV in Ft. Greene, Brooklyn. I’ll be interviewing the great actor @terrycrews from Brooklyn 99. Come hear Terry talk about acting and his journey to success. Get free tix here: https://t.co/IWOM9ethBK
— Touré (@Toure) January 5, 2019
— terry crews (@terrycrews) January 10, 2019
Touré is no stranger when it comes to commenting publicly about sexual harassment allegations. He interviewed R. Kelly for BET in 2008, and asked the singer about his relationship with underaged girls.
Many celebrities have denounced the R&B singer since the premiere of Dream Hampton’s Lifetime documentary, “Surviving R. Kelly“.
“The documentary was a long-awaited vehicle for young women who’ve allegedly been abused by Kelly to tell their stories,” Essence reported. It also included commentary from those who’ve covered the allegations against the singer in the last decade, including Touré.
Earlier this week, Touré discussed Kelly again during an appearance on The Clubhouse with Mouse Jones podcast.
A post by makeup artist known as Dani who accused Touré of sexual harassment in 2017 appeared on The Clubhouse’s Twitter page.
According to Dani, Touré made graphic sexual remarks to her while she was doing his makeup for the People/Entertainment Weekly show. Dani claims that she felt harassed. She said she told human resources about Touré’s alleged behavior and he was immediately fired.
— Honorable Salute (@11DMT33) January 10, 2019
Dani told Essence that Touré sent an apology via Instagram. Touré has since responded to the accusation through this statement sent to Essence, Complex reported:
“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.”
So what made Dani report Touré to his employer after she quit? “She said it was because he was doing media appearances talking about Harvey Weinstein and his allegations of sexual misconduct,” Yesha Callahan reported for Essence.
Crews has shared stories of the abuse his family suffered at the hands of his violent father. He went public with stories of sexual assault and was included in a group named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year in 2017.
In 2018, Crews filed a civil lawsuit against Adam Venit, an agent at William Morris Endeavor who allegedly grabbed the actor by the crotch and squeezed his genitals in 2016.
“Like many victims of sexual assault in the entertainment industry, the former NFL star waited to speak out about the encounter for fear of being blackballed from Hollywood,” Zoe Johnson reported for Vibe. “Crews also appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee to stress the commonality of toxic masculinity, making him a prominent male voice in the #MeToo movement.”
Crews has been using his platform to give a voice to male sexual assault survivors since he accused Hollywood executive Adam Venit of groping him at a party in 2016, HuffPost reported.
No, I didn't know Toure sexually harassed someone he worked with, I'm not sure how I could have known. He was included because he did the most famous interview with R. Kelly ever. Like Charlamagne, I wish he'd told me.
— dream hampton (@dreamhampton) January 11, 2019
FYI, Touré was sexually harassing a makeup artist and he got fired so that's why Terry cancelled on him.
— Young Penny Haterway (@James9TV) January 10, 2019
Thank you, Terry. You have been consistent. I know it is not easy.
— HereWeGoAgain (@NotSoSilentMajo) January 10, 2019
— MAKTUB (@joker38947819) January 10, 2019
Just when I couldn’t love ya anymore, you keep showing up and I adore your soul!! Because The strength and courage you shown as you continue to take on the challenge of calling out the BS and stranding up for victim survivors. You are the man!! Bless you
— fran tastic (@chi_videodiva) January 11, 2019
Thank you.. he is gross
— LanaG (@lanabama13) January 11, 2019
Way to go Terry
— PennyWISE (@angelikasmith81) January 11, 2019
❤️ you Terry! We stand with you!
— Meredith Burton (@burtonmere84) January 11, 2019
Thanks @terrycrews Again!!!
— Annabella Sciorra (@AnnabellSciorra) January 11, 2019
Lol I know Toure hates he did the R.Kelly story smh everyone in the movie is slowly getting EXPOSED!!!!
— Just ol Jazzy (@DionneJaz) January 11, 2019
You are legit the biggest role model for the younger generation I hope they take note!
— Jamie Neil (@jamierobneil) January 11, 2019
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