Yesterday, Ariana Grande paid tribute to Aretha Franklin at her funeral by performing a beautiful rendition of Franklin’s “Natural Woman”. After the performance Bishop Charles H. Ellis III walked on stage and got handsy with Grande.
The moment everyone’s talking about:
A pastor at Aretha’s funeral got handsy with Ariana Grande as his hand can be seen wrapped tightly around her side and super close to her right breast before saying, “I thought that [Ariana Grande] was a new something at Taco Bell” pic.twitter.com/MUuyFoTBt3
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Today, he’s apologizing telling Associated Press “I personally and sincerely apologize to Ariana and to her fans and to the whole Hispanic community,” Ellis said. “When you’re doing a program for nine hours you try to keep it lively, you try to insert some jokes here and there.”
He also apologized for touching Grande too close to her chest during their televised interaction.
“It would never be my intention to touch any woman’s breast, maybe I crossed the border, maybe I was too friendly or familiar but again, I apologize.”