A female writer and producer with The Root has accused the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Hollywood director John Singleton of sexual harassment.
Danielle Young wrote about the alleged encounters in an essay for The Root website, titled, “Don’t Let the Smile Fool You. I’m Cringing on the Inside.” She said she was working for an unidentified media company when she was given the opportunity to take a photo with Mr. Jackson after he gave a “riveting and inspiring speech.”
“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?” Ms. Young wrote. “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.”
Ms. Young said she was shocked by the civil rights activist’s audacity, but laughed it off like “most women in an uncomfortable position do.”