Jesse Jackson accused of sexual harassment by journalist


If true, it’s not the first time Jackson has acted inappropriately.

From Fox News: A journalist at The Root says the Rev. Jesse Jackson sexually harassed her after a speech at a previous employer, claiming he grabbed her thigh before saying, “I like all of that right there!”

Danielle Young, a writer-producer at The Root, detailed her experience with Jackson in a 2,000-word post published on Monday, alleging that Jackson touched her inappropriately while taking a photo with him after a keynote speech by the “living legend” at a “very popular” media company.

“I walked toward Jackson, smiling, and he smiled back at me,” Young wrote. “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.

The unexpected touch, Young said, left her “shocked, to say the least,” and uncomfortable in a room full of colleagues. So, she started to laugh, she said.

“And I continued to giggle as he pulled me in closer, stared down at my body, smiled and told me he was only kidding,” Young continued. “The entire time, my co-worker snapped photos.”

Young’s post included seven photos of herself with Jackson, including one in which Jackson’s right arm is around her neck while his left arm embraces Young’s arm across her body. Both Young and Jackson are smiling in five of the photos. In another, Young, who said she was “visibly uncomfortable” at the time, is pointing directly at the camera, “asking [Jackson] if we can just take the picture,” according to her post.

“When I was finally able to pull myself away from the Rev. Jackson’s grip, I was deflated,” Young said. “I admired this man who marched alongside the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., a man who represented our ability to overcome, a man who is really … just a man.”

After contacting a former colleague, Young said she realized her take on the situation was not unique.

“I remember him being inappropriate with all the women,” Young said, recalling the co-worker’s take. “And I also remember you telling me that he did something more with you. And then we brushed the shit off and chalked it up to him just being a dirty old man.”

Young said she never wanted to come forward with her accusation of sexual harassment because it was “just a thigh grab,” barely even a “blip on anyone’s radar,” including her 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,” Young wrote. “… My silence gave Jackson permission to continue grabbing at the next pair of thick thighs he liked. I’m hoping that my voice does the opposite.”

Young also accused director John Singleton of being inappropriate toward her while at the American Black Film Festival in June. After interviewing Singleton and the cast of his new show, Young said the director best known for “Boyz n the Hood” grabbed her wrist and pulled her toward him while saying, “Bring that juiciness over here.”

Singleton then leaned forward and kissed Young on the cheek, she said. “I said, ‘Oh, oh, OK,’ and stood up, embarrassed because everyone was definitely still in the room,” Young said. “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.”

Young then took a selfie with Singleton and posted it onto Instagram, complete with a caption of what Young said the “legend” uttered to her: “Oooh, I’m gonna grab on tight to you.”

Another woman working at the festival then confirmed Young’s suspicion regarding the unwanted sexual attention. “She said, ‘Yeah, girl, I heard he likes big girls,’” Young said. “ … 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.”

In a statement to The Root, Jackson said: “Although Rev. Jackson does not recall the meeting three years ago, he profoundly and sincerely regrets any pain Ms. Young may have experienced.”

Singleton did not return requests for comment by The Root and The Post.

Young, meanwhile, said she’s no longer blaming herself for the “unwanted sexual attention” that came her way. “It’s not my fault if a man wants to turn a professional environment into a playground of flirting, grabbing and sexual talk,” Young wrote. “I didn’t ask for the attention just by existing.”


23 responses to “Jesse Jackson accused of sexual harassment by journalist

  1. Are you as sick as I am of wrongdoers who, when confronted, always say “I was just joking”? That is just another wrongdoing because, if you say you don’t find it funny, then you are portrayed as not having a sense of humor.

    Can someone suggest a good retort to “I was just joking”?

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  2. Not sure what to make of this journalist’s reaction when Jackson grabbed her thigh – why didn’t she just slap his hand off? It’s a little lame to come back three years later with her accusation when she should have told him off on the spot. It also says she ‘giggled’ during the encounter. Wouldn’t that also give Jackson, and most men, a mixed message?

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    • My guess is she was probably intimidated by him and what he did completely caught her off guard. Maybe her giggle was a nervous reaction?

      A younger woman (not sure of Young’s age) might not be bold enough to tell him off, given his “celebrity” status. I know when I was younger I didn’t speak up about wrong things as much as I should have. Today I have no problem with that 🙂

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      • Yeah, this is a dicey problem. Once upon a time I had a collateral duty to teach and administer a sexual harassment program. It was far from easy. Many women had vivid “imaginations”, then again, the ones with genuine complaints often would not do anything about it.

        I’ve seen some that misread EVERYTHING. I’ve seen some that were actually being assaulted but wouldn’t file a complaint. For now I suppose a woman should always tell a man who molests her to “get your hands off me” in no uncertain terms. If he persists, call a cop. Accuse him of attempted rape.

        This makes me mad. We need to love and protect each other. Men shouldn’t put up with this anymore than the women involved.

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    • Miss Helen, she could have stopped him cold instead she got a good M A S S A G E

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  3. Reblogged this on kommonsentsjane and commented:

    Reblogged on kommonsentsjane/blogkommonsents.

    For your information. People who think they are powerful at the time think they have the right to those liberties.


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  4. The first thing I think about when I hear about women and their reactions to men who grope them, is the little girls in the videos of Joe Biden groping them. He did it openly, right in front of their parents, congressional members, etc., knowing the cameras were recording it all. It is uncomfortable for grown women to experience this, so we can only imagine what little girls must experience. They simply do not have the emotional maturity to handle what grownups can. It’s sickening to see Biden getting away with it!

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  5. Liz Crokin Says A Hillary Clinton Sex Tape Will Finally Prove That Pizzagate Is Real

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    • WOW!!! As if Killary couldn’t be MORE “toast”!
      Whaddya wanna bet-SOMEWHERE in the following days,the “decision” will be made to bury those files so deep they’ll never be available to the Truth Seekers.

      Re:Jesse Jack-son (Rush’s pronunciation)
      “In a statement to The Root, Jackson said: “Although Rev. Jackson does not recall the meeting three years ago, he profoundly and sincerely regrets any pain Ms. Young may have experienced.””
      Interesting that Jackson referred to himself in the third person,or was it just poor wording by the author of the statement.

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      • Yep! They “take care of their own”. Hell,what’s the point of being a “master of the Universe” if you aren’t immune? I can guarantee I won’t be watching a “Hillary sex tape”. I’ll take somebody’s word for it with a stronger stomach than mine.

        You said it exactly right. They WILL bury it just like everything else. People should be asking why that is. Nobody with half a brain has any doubts as to her criminality. But there she is.

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    • I heard it was part of the “insurance file” Weiner had on his laptop. Supposedly, Humma is involved in it as well. It’s hard to know what is truth and what isn’t, but I am a firm believer that a “psychopath ALWAYS hangs himself”..I have seen it in action. May not come when we want it to, but it does happen inevitably.

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  6. Thank you for that wonderful walk down memory lane. To see it today makes me wonder why we thought that kind of costuming was so right on. I would think that today’s young people would laugh themselves silly.

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  7. color me surprised. JJ is, has been, and always will be a devient, deceitful, race baiting, lying, pig. What church is he the reverend of anyway.

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  8. That’s great! He should have done a duet with Sharpton.

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  9. You too can become a respected religious leader…

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