As sexual assault and sexual harassment accusations continued to flood Hollywood, a new face has been called out for his alleged behavior, Rev. Jesse Jackson.
Danielle Young, a journalist for The Root, claimed Jackson harassed her.
Young wrote Monday:
“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.”
Adding a photograph of the encounter Young is writing about.
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.”
Jackson gave a statement for The Root, saying he doesn’t remember the incident, but he apologizes for any pain Ms. Young may have experienced.