Sheryl Crow is a popular American musician and actress, whose presence in the industry brought a brought a fresh perspective to pop, rock, jazz, blues and country songs.
The Grammy Award winner recorded ten studio albums, and some of her songs featured incredible artists. Also, Crow was a background singer for singers like; Stevie Wonder, Don Haley, Belinda Carlisle, and many more.
Recently, she revealed that during Michael Jackson‘s tour in 1987, she was sexually harassed. This revelation comes more than a decade after the pop singer’s death.
Keep reading below for more information.
A Happy Moment
According to the 59-year-old, in 1987, she accompanied Jackson’s tour crew, as a backup singer for the pop star.
She revealed that at the time, she was only 25 years old, and was trying to make a name for herself in the music industry. She was excited to go on tour with Jackson, as well as join his backup team.
Unknown to her, this journey would later lead to an excruciating and painful experience that she would dread for the rest of her life.
Sheryl Crow Details Harassment Experience
While speaking with The Independent recently, Crow mentioned that during the September, Bad World Tour, she encountered Jackson’s then manager, Frank DiLeo.
According to her, DiLeo, who was 39 years old at the time, sexually harassed her on several occasions.
She alleged that he would always come to her suggesting that he could take her career to the next level if she agreed to engage in sexual activities with him.
When she denied his requests, Crow said that he mentioned that he would end her career if she ever reported him to anyone.
Crow First Opened Up In Her Song
While some fans think that the singer has been quiet for many years, she opened up about this abuse of power in a song from her 1993 album titled “Tuesday Night Music Club.”
The track, which she called “The Na-Na Song,” briefly shaded DiLeo towards the end of the third verse.
“Clarence Thomas organ grinder Frank DiLeo’s dong/ Maybe if I’d him I’d have had a hit song,” she sang.
Also in 2017, Crow joined the #MeToo movement in support of sexual assault victims, and encouraged people to speak up.
Crow’s Candid Thoughts
Still speaking to The Independent about her experience, Crow shared her candid thoughts on how the world views sexual harassment cases now.
She explained that in recent years, people take sexual assault incidents more seriously than they did in the past. However, she is still calling on more improvement, to encourage people to speak and put a name or face to their abusers.
Crow mentioned that she had to keep quiet and endure during the Michael Jackson tour, but thing have somewhat changed now.