Bishop apologises to Ariana Grande for conduct at Aretha Franklin’s funeral.
The bishop who led Aretha Franklin’s funeral service has apologised, after being accused of groping Ariana Grande.
Bishop Charles H Ellis III appeared to touch the singer inappropriately as he hugged her on stage after her performance.
He says it was unintentional – and also admitted this joke about her name was inappropriate.
Men are disgusting. He’s in the public eye, Ariana is a known public figure and he still can’t stop being a pervert. https://t.co/3Bpd2RXDpg
— Mahwash Ajaz (@mahwashajaz_) September 1, 2018
Speaking to Associated Press, Bishop Ellis said: “It would never be my intention to touch any woman’s breast. … I don’t know I guess I put my arm around her.
“Maybe I crossed the border, maybe I was too friendly or familiar but again, I apologise.
“I hug all the female artists and the male artists.
“Everybody that was up, I shook their hands and hugged them. That’s what we are all about in the church. We are all about love.
“The last thing I want to do is to be a distraction to this day. This is all about Aretha Franklin.”
He also apologised to Grande, “to her fans and the whole Hispanic community” for making a joke about her name saying that he thought it was a new item on the menu at the Mexican fast food chain, Taco Bell.
Grande performed Franklin’s (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman at the funeral service.