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Sheryl Lee shares how famous TV judge sexually assaulted her: ‘Grabbed me and….’


Actor Sheryl Lee Ralph, known for her role in Abbott Elementary, has come forward with a personal account of sexual assault by a famous TV judge during a network event in New Orleans several years ago. While she did not name the judge, she stated that it was not Greg Mathis and referred to him as a ‘great man.’ Sheryl detailed how she was harassed by the judge during the event and how everyone on the network noticed it. She has also had other encounters with sexual harassment, sharing that she has experienced “Me Too” moments where men have attempted to put their hands on her leg. (Also read: Brooke Shields recalls being ‘sexualised child model’: ‘I’m amazed that I survived but I struggled to find my own voice’)

Sheryl Lee Ralph talks about she was sexually assaulted by TV judge.
Sheryl Lee Ralph talks about she was sexually assaulted by TV judge.

During an appearance on the Way Up with Angela Yee podcast, Sheryl revealed that she was sexually assaulted by a well-known TV personality in the past. She said, “I’m at a very public place. I was suited. I had my suit on. I was handling my business for the television show I was on at that time. He and I were on the same network.” She said that the alleged assault took place while she was promoting a show at a network event.

She gave a detailed account of how he misbehaved with her, “This man walked in, grabbed me by the back of my neck, turned me around and rammed his nasty-ass tongue down my throat. And everybody at the network saw it.”

She appeared in Moesha during the incident, refrained from mentioning the man’s name. However, she made it clear that it was not Judge Greg Mathis, whom she holds in high regard, referring to him as a ‘great man’ and said, “I love him. He’s a great man. Not him at all. He’s a great man. This was another one.” She emphasized that the man who sexually assaulted her was someone else entirely.

She also shared that she has experienced other “Me Too” moments during her career. Ralph shared that she was allegedly assaulted on another occasion and also had an experience where a promoter inappropriately touched her leg. These incidents made her question her perception of reality and forced her to consider how to protect herself from such situations in the future.

Sheryl rose to fame for her role in the Broadway musical Dreamgirls, for which she received a Tony Award nomination. She has also appeared in numerous film and television productions, including Moesha, It’s a Living, and Ray.


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