In a new interview, Sheryl Raven detailed the alleged sexual harassment she faced early in her career from a powerful music director, and how it was a “crash course” in the music industry.
“All I Wanna Do” singer, who prepares to broadcast her show live The songs and the stories of the church she built in her courtyard on June 18, spoke to The independent about Frank DiLéo, the late director of Michael jackson. DiLeo, who led the controversial artist in the 1980s and returned to working alongside him just before Jackson’s death in 2009, died in 2011.
Crow toured with Jackson in 1987, when she was only 25, and recounted The independent that at the time, DiLeo repeatedly made unwanted advances towards her, and threatened to ruin her career if she did not obey.
“It was amazing in every way, shape and form for a youngster from a very small town to see the world and work with arguably the biggest pop star,” she said of the tour with the singer of “Billie Jean”, whose sexual assault allegations were detailed in the 2019 HBO documentary series Leaving Neverland. “But I also took a crash course in the music industry.”
Crow said she ended DiLeo’s advances, but when a depressed Crow returned home to Los Angeles, an attorney informed her that she should have given in to his advances in order to continue her music career.
“It was disillusioning,” recalls the Grammy winner, 59. “I think when your dream bubble burst you are either like, ‘Okay, well, I’m going to forget about this dream’, or you do what I did, which stayed in it for about a year. , then you pull your primer and get back to work. “