Woman’s Day (NZ) - - Hollywood Insider -

Ari­ana may have been crit­i­cised for her short skirt when she per­formed “A Nat­u­ral Woman” at Aretha Franklin’s funeral in Detroit, but the preacher who led the nine-hour event copped much more flak af­ter he ap­peared to grope the Ital­ian-Amer­i­can singer on stage. Bishop Charles H. El­lis III, 60, later in­sisted, “It would never be my in­ten­tion to touch any woman’s breast. I don’t know. I guess I put my arm around her. Maybe I crossed the bor­der.” He was also forced to apol­o­gise to Ari­ana for com­par­ing her name to a menu item at a taco restau­rant, say­ing, “When you’re do­ing a pro­gramme for nine hours, you try to keep it lively – you try to in­sert some jokes.”

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