Bishop Apologizes For Groping Ariana Grande At Aretha Franklin Funeral

Bishop Apologizes For Groping Ariana Grande At Aretha Franklin Funeral September 1, 2018

Bishop Charles H. Ellis III is apologizing to Ariana Grande after cameras caught the man of God groping the pop star at Aretha Franklin’s funeral.

Ellis, who officiated at Aretha Franklin’s funeral, apologized Friday to Ariana Grande for inappropriately touching her on stage immediately after the pop star performed “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” for the celebrity mourners in attendance.

The Associated Press reports:

Images of the moment showed Ellis’ hand holding Grande well above her waist, with his fingers pressing against one side of her chest.

In an interview with The Associated Press, 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 apologize.

In a lame attempt to excuse his boorish behavior the bishop said he hugged all the performers during Friday’s eight-hour service:

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.

Despite the talk of “love,” many people found the bishop’s behavior deplorable, and the hashtag #RespectAriana went viral on Twitter. For example:

Bottom line: Bishop Charles H. Ellis III is apologizing to Ariana Grande after cameras caught the man of God groping the pop star’s breast at Aretha Franklin’s funeral.

Bishop Apologizes For Groping Ariana Grande At Aretha Franklin Funeral (Image via Twitter)
Bishop Apologizes For Groping Ariana Grande At Aretha Franklin Funeral (Image via Twitter)
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