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Ariana Grande thinks bishop touching her at Aretha Franklin funeral was an 'accident', police say

Tue 18 Sep 2018
By Eno Adeogun

Ariana Grande declined to file an official complaint after the bishop who led Aretha Franklin's funeral service was accused by thousands of social media users of groping the popstar, police have revealed.

Detroit Police Capt Jevon Johnson told the Free Press they approached the American star's representatives following phone complaints.

"We received some phone calls from citizens and saw (social media posts) that there may have been some kind of inappropriate contact at Aretha Franklin's funeral between Bishop Ellis and Ariana Grande," Johnson explained.


"We reached out to her representatives. They said she completely took it as an accident and was ready to move on.

"Based on what her representatives stated, we do not have an open investigation."

He added that while they hadn't spoken personally to Grande, they had sent a "certified letter to her" but "have not received a personal response yet".


Bishop Ellis has apologised for how he touched the 25-year-old singer and said in an interview with the Associated Press that it would "never be my intention to touch any woman's breast".

More than 90,000 tweets with the hashtag #RespectAriana circulated the web with viewers expressing their outrage after the incident occurred.

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