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Music journalist and former MSNBC host Toure Neblett accused of sexual harassment

After seeing music journalist Touré Neblett appear in a 2008 clip interviewing R. Kelly on the “Surviving R. Kelly” docuseries – which details the allegations of abuse against the R&B artist – a woman said she was inspired to come forward with her own accusations against the former MSNBC host.

The woman, who goes by Dani, told Essence on Friday that she worked as a makeup artist with Touré in 2017 at Time Inc. where he allegedly made sexually explicit comments to her on set.

“I worked with him most of 2017, I left in October, before he left,” she claimed to the outlet, adding that she reported Touré, who goes by his first name, to human resources.

Touré denied the allegations in a statement to Essence.

“On the show, our team, including myself, engaged in edgy, crass banter, that at the time I did not think was offensive for our tight-knit group. I am sorry for my language and for making her feel uncomfortable in any way. As a lead on the show, I should have refrained from this behavior. I have learned and grown from this experience,” Touré said.

A rep for Touré did not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment. Meredith Corp, which bought Time Inc. in 2018, had no comment when reached by Fox News.

Dani first accused Touré of harassment on an Instagram post from the journalist’s recent appearance on “The Club House” in which he discusses the allegations against R. Kelly, “But @toureshow used to sexually harass me? How that work?” she wrote on Wednesday in a since-deleted comment obtained by Essence.

Dani also claimed she received an apology from Touré over Instagram.

“He went on Hot97 to talk about Harvey Weinstein (after he apologized). I accepted his apology and was OK to move on but, you can’t be a sexual predator and go around shaming other predators,” she told Essence.

The makeup artist said she came forward, after seeing Touré “going around as R. Kelly’s docuseries spokesman to different radio stations,” that “the lies had to stop.”

“I’ve worked with Mouse Jones before and wanted him to know the truth,” she stated.

Touré was part of MSNBC’s “The Cycle,” an ensemble show that was canceled in 2015 after a two-year run. “The Cycle” also included Abby Huntsman, Ari Melber, S.E. Cupp and Steve Kornacki — who have all found success on other programs.

Prior to his gig at MSNBC, Touré had a variety of jobs in journalism, including a stint at BET News, where he conducted an infamous interview with R. Kelly in 2008. At the time, the R&B legend’s answers raised eyebrows when Touré pressed him about having sexual relations with teenage girls. As a result, Touré has been back in the public eye because he is part of the popular “Surviving R. Kelly” docuseries.

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