Charles H Ellis III, the Bishop who oversees Greater Grace Temple in Detroit, Michigan, has apologised for touching Ariana Grande’s breast while on stage with her, during the funeral of Aretha Franklin.
In pictures, which have gone viral, the cleric is seen holding Grande close to him with his fingers squeezing a fraction of her right breast.
Following the backlash over the incident, Ellis has issued an apology, saying it was never his intention to handle the 25-year-old singer in an inappropriate manner.
“It will 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, maybe I was too friendly or familiar but again, I apologize,” he said.
The preacher added that he hugged both male and female artistes and everybody that was up on stage.