Legendary director John Singleton is currently being accused by journalist Danielle Young [@rhapsodani] of sexual harassment!
According to Ms. Young, after interviewing Singleton [early 2017] during his promo tour for “Snowfall” at American Black Film Festival; he made a sexual advancement that left her feeling very uncomfortable. An experience which she recounted exclusively with online publication, “The Root.”
Via TheJasmineBrand.com, Ms. Young stated the following:
“I conducted the interview, and afterward I went over to Singleton to grab my mic and he grabbed my wrist and pulled me toward him saying, “Bring that juiciness over here.” He was sitting in a director’s chair, so when he pulled me, I fell forward and stopped myself by placing my hands on his legs. He then leaned forward and kissed me on my cheek. I said, “Oh, oh, OK” and I stood up, embarrassed because everyone was definitely still in the room. Mostly, no one reacted, aside from a few seconds of laughter. A few people asked Singleton for a photo, and I didn’t. He noticed. When he was about to leave the room, he asked if I wanted a picture. In order not to make it awkward, I said yes. He grabbed me around my waist and pulled me into him, saying, “Oooh, I’m gonna grab on tight to you.” I laughed because that’s what I do when I am uncomfortable, and snapped the photo.
When I posted the photo to Instagram, I admitted to his sexual advances, but I kept it light with humor. A therapist would tell me that’s a defense mechanism. After Singleton and his crew left the room, I turned to a woman working for the festival and I said, “Did you see that?” She said, “Yeah, girl. I heard he likes big girls.” The woman was also “of size” and told me that when she went to take a selfie with him, he kissed her on the cheek and said, ” I love your face! It’s so soft. I want to feel your cheek on my cheek.” The woman’s admission was so pedestrian, I was convinced she was simply reacting the same way many women do to unwanted sexual attention– she ignored it. I tried to ignore it, but I felt weird. I left the room and then another journalist asked me about the interview. I told her about the arm pull, the “juiciness,” and the kiss, and she said, “Girl, he’s worth $50 million! You should pursue it!” I couldn’t believe she was telling me to ignore my better judgment and my skin-crawling to make a man who doesn’t respect boundaries my sugar daddy. I felt like I should never have said anything.”
Check out the picture of Danielle and John [from the event] below.