As sexual harassment and sexual assault allegations continue to plague Hollywood, a new face is being called out for how he allegedly behaved — Rev. Jesse Jackson.
According to Danielle Young, who is a journalist for The Root, Jackson harassed her.
Young wrote in a piece Monday, in part:
I used to work for a very popular media company, and we had a meeting that ended with a keynote speech by the living legend, the Rev. Jesse Jackson. So, of course, the conference room was packed wall-to-wall.
After Jackson’s riveting and inspiring speech about the responsibility of black journalists, we all lined up to take a photo with him. One by one, we stepped up, shared a few words and thank-yous with Jackson, snapped photos and went back to our desks. Simple enough, right?
I walked toward Jackson, smiling, and he smiled back at me. His eyes scanned my entire body. All of a sudden, I felt naked in my sweater and jeans. As I walked within arm’s reach of him, Jackson reached out a hand and grabbed my thigh, saying, “I like all of that right there!” and gave my thigh a tight squeeze.
I was shocked, to say the least. Even though Jackson had had his hand reached out, I had no idea that he would touch me in a sexual way.
The following is a picture from the meeting Young referenced with Jackson:
Journalist Danielle Young Has Accused Rev Jesse Jackson Of Sexual Harassment After He Allegedly Grabbed Her Thigh At A Photo Op pic.twitter.com/uiNaCS8zH3
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I personally never wanted to say anything because my situation was just a thigh grab. Barely a blip on anyone’s radar, even my own. Jackson’s tight grip doesn’t even measure up to what any of the victims of Harvey Weinstein and others have had to endure; however, I was uncomfortable and had to swallow the lump in my throat as I stood right beside the civil rights leader.
Fox News reported that, in a statement to The Root, Jackson said he doesn’t remember the event, but he apologizes for anything he might have put Young through.