‘I Like All of That Right There!’: Rev. Jesse Jackson Accused of Sexual Harassment
Journalist Danielle Young is accusing Rev. Jesse Jackson of sexual harassment, alleging the civil rights activist made crude comments as he grabbed her thigh.
Below is a photo of Young and Jackson together.
“don’t let the smile fool you. I’m cringing on the inside,” says Young.
Photo credit: Danielle Young
NBC Chicago reports:
Writer Danielle Young, in an article for “The Root,” accused Jackson of making the “unwanted” advance and comment during a photo-op after a media event.
“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 post included several photos of the encounter in which Young writes “don’t let the smile fool you. I’m cringing on the inside.”
“Although Rev. Jackson does not recall the meeting three years ago, he profoundly and sincerely regrets any pain Ms. Young may have experienced,” a representative for Jackson said in a statement.
Jackson was accused of sexual harassment by a gay staffer in 2010.
55-year-old Tommy R. Bennett claimed Jackson “ridiculed him in front of other employees and required him to perform “humiliating tasks” like escorting women to Jackson’s various hotel rooms, cleaning up after alleged trysts and packing his clothing. It also includes an allegation that Jackson asked for oral sex,” reports NBC.
Again, Jackson’s spox denied the claims.
“The Rainbow PUSH Coalition unequivocally deny Tommy Bennett’s false claims of harassment, retaliation and discrimination,” said a spokesperson for Jackson.