Two more women join journalist #SilLaiAbrams in accusing “Extra” and former “106 & Park” host #AJ Calloway of sexual assault.
Abrams publicly told her #MeToo story last June to #TheHollywoodReporter which included several instances in which she accused A.J. of assaulting her in a car. Abrams filed a police report and A.J. was arrested, though his attorney said he denied the allegations and the case was completely dismissed in November 2007.
Following Abrams’ account, two more women have come forward to @thedailybeast alleging that A.J. sexually assaulted them, one of whom reported her claim to the police on December 24th. Both of the women who opened up to Daily Beast chose to remain anonymous, with one of the accusers saying, “I don’t want it to affect my future, everything that I’ve worked hard for—and A.J. is someone that would try to do that.”
The alleged assault took place after a party at A.J.’s home. “He really was going for my skirt, and I was literally pulling my skirt down because I was not going to allow him to go any further. And he thought it was a game or something because he kept laughing and giggling and I’m like, no, stop, stop. And the more I said stop the more he got aggressive, and that’s when I started to realize, oh my god, this is serious. Like, he’s really going to try and force me to have sex with him.”
It isn’t immediately clear where the new investigation into A.J. is at, but in regard to Abrams’ dismissed case, she told The Daily Beast, “When they say my case was dismissed on a technicality, that is the most vague answer possible. It was dismissed because his lawyer was able to invoke the sixth amendment after the assistant district attorney handling my case asked for one too many continuances and as a result violated his right to a fair and speedy trial. So the case was dismissed on a technicality, but I was willing to go to court and we were prepping to go.”
A.J. released a statement denying the allegations made against him.
“I was disappointed to read the false allegations about me in The Hollywood Reporter. As I have maintained from the beginning, these allegations are not true. When I was first notified about these allegations by law enforcement more than a decade ago, I fully cooperated from the beginning and the case was dismissed.”
A.J. continues to be employe as an “Extra” co-host and beginning this fall, the show will be moved to Fox-owned stations in five major markets.
TSR STAFF: Christina C! @cdelafresh