“Extra’s” A.J. Calloway Accused of Sexual Assault By 6 Women
The number of women accusing “Extra’s” A.J. Calloway of sexual assault has risen from two to six different women. Several women have come forth in a recent Hollywood Reporter article to anonymously tell their stories of allegedly being attacked by the 44-year-old former “106th & Park” host.
In 2006, A.J. was arrested for the sexual assault of author/activist Sil Lai Abrams, but the case was eventually dismissed, with A.J. maintaining a stance of innocence. His most recent accuser, Jeannie Delgado, recounted the details of her alleged experience with him. She told THR that after meeting on a flight in 2008, they became friendly, and she was invited to two gatherings at his house. After getting caught in an ice storm, he offered to allow her to stay overnight at his home. Jeannie said:
“I thought it was not a big deal. I’m thinking this is the guest room. It turned out to be his bedroom. He closed the door behind him. He basically closed the door, locked it and tried to kiss me. I was like, ‘No, no, no.’ Then he went for my pants. He flipped me over, grabbed my hands, held them behind my back.”
“I’m 5-foot-2, 110 pounds. He’s 6-foot-4, and I don’t know how much he weighs. He proceeded to rape me. When I tried to get up, he pulled me back down and bear-hugged me. That was for hours. I lay there crying the whole time. When the sun came up, he raped me again.”
An anonymous accuser’s experience eerily mirrored Jeannie’s:
“I definitely felt I couldn’t be the only one…He grabbed me, very forceful. I tried pushing him away. I fought him. He was too strong…He took the phone out of the wall. He tossed my phone and purse across the room. It was just never-ending. He’d be in me, and I was able to get him out of me, off of me, but he was too strong. He kept yelling, ‘You don’t want me!’ At a certain point I gave up. That’s the part that haunts me the most. I was just crying.”
Columnist/media personality Jamilah Lemieux – who took part in the Lifetime documentary, “Surviving R. Kelly” – even offered her own personal experience, having allegedly witnessed A.J. behaving inappropriately. She tweeted:
After 14 years of service, Warner Bros. Television has since suspended A.J. Calloway from the “Extra” roster. His attorney, Lisa E. Davis, issued the following statement:
“These allegations are completely false. Mr. Calloway has never sexually assaulted anyone and is devastated that he is being falsely accused of such terrible conduct. Throughout his career, Mr. Calloway has been a tireless advocate for community empowerment and equality and justice for all people regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation or gender expression.”
A.J. Calloway maintains his innocence and says that he has never displayed any sexual misconduct.
Written by Miata Shanay