Terry Crews Abruptly Cancels Live Podcast After #MeToo Allegations Against Touré

Written by Dana Sanchez

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.

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.

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 is a victim of sexual misconduct

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.”

Terry Crews
FILE – In this April 10, 2018 file photo, actor Terry Crews appears on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York. Crews and agent Adam Venit have agreed to settle a lawsuit in which Crews alleged Venit groped him at a Hollywood party. Venit’s agency William Morris Endeavor, also named as a defendant, confirmed the deal Thursday in a statement saying the lawsuit would be dismissed. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

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.

 

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About Dana Sanchez

Dana Sanchez was born in South Africa and is a U.S. citizen. After working in advertising, she went back to school and earned a master's degree in journalism from the University of South Florida. As a business writer, she won regional and national writing awards. As editor of a daily newspaper, she coordinated staff writers, freelancers and photographers in the fast-paced environment of daily news. Dana was an editor at Moguldom Media Group for four years, helping to build and manage a team of staff and freelance writers. She works now on Moguldom.com for Nubail Ventures. A long-distance hiker and cyclist, she writes about the business of technology.