Terry Crews just canceled an interview to be on Touré‘s self-titled show amid the journalist admitting that he sexually harassed a former colleague. The interview was supposed to be in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Thursday, Jan. 10, which Touré promoted on Twitter.
He sent the tweet on the same day a makeup artist named Dani said he constantly uttered suggestive remarks to her while they worked at the “People/Entertainment Weekly” show in 2017.
But Terry retweeted the promotional message and wrote “Cancelled” with no explanation, just two minutes before the show was supposed to go live. The two were supposed to talk about the actor’s “journey to success” and his overall career.
It seems almost certain Crews refused to be on Touré’s show as a form of silent protest, especially since Crews has been the victim of a sexual assault in 2016 from agent Adam Venit. The actor filed a civil suit against Venit two years later and also sued William Morris Endeavor, his talent agency.
Crews and Venit eventually settled the suit, and the agent wrote Crews an apology letter, which was posted.
As for Touré, Dani gave explicit details of the type of harassment she faced, which included Touré asking about her sex life and similar remarks.
The makeup artist eventually reported him to human resources, and he was fired and later apologized to Dani through text. But once she saw him criticize R. Kelly in the “Surviving R. Kelly” docu-series, she decided to tell her story.
“Every Monday I used to work with him on a show in 2017, and 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 wrote on Instagram.
Then in an apology, Touré said that because he and Dani worked in such a small group, he didn’t think the crass talk was offensive.
“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.”
Touré hasn’t addressed the harassment on social media yet, but Crews’ followers praised him for canceling the interview.
“We applaud you Terry for knowing where you stand, which is away from the mess,” someone wrote.
“Way to stand on your principles,” wrote another.