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Journalist Accuses Rev. Jesse Jackson of Sexual Harassment

Journalist Accuses Rev. Jesse Jackson of Sexual Harassment

Journalist Accuses Rev. Jesse Jackson of Sexual Harassment

Civil rights activist and Chicago community leader, Rev. Jesse Jackson is the latest to be accused of sexual harassment. A female journalist by the name of Danielle Young accused Jackson of sexual harassment in a recent article for The Root. Young accused Jackson of making an “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 journalist almost didn’t share the story of her encounter from nearly three years ago because she described it as “so casual” that she didn’t even know if there was a story there. Jackson has been accused of sexual harassment in the past when in 2010 an openly gay staffer accused Jackson of propositioning him. Jackson and his legal team flatly denied those allegations, but to Young a representative of Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition responded, “Although Rev. Jackson does not recall the meeting three years ago, he profoundly and sincerely regrets any pain Ms. Young may have experienced.”