Victims keep coming forward and they cannot be ignored…
“Extra” co-host A.J. Calloway became the subject of another set of sexual assault accusations on Friday when the Daily Beast published the accounts of two anonymous women who said the TV personality forced himself on them in separate incidents.
Neither woman is named in the report, though the first of the two accusers filed an “aggravated sexual assault” complaint with the West Orange Police Department in New Jersey last month, according to the Daily Beast. No further details were provided regarding the reported assault.
The other woman, identified in the story under the pseudonym Talia, said she first came into contact with Calloway in 2011 and was sexually assaulted by the “Extra” co-host at his house after giving in to his repeated advances.
“I just remember trying to push him off of me, and this went on for 40 minutes straight,” Talia said in an interview, saying that she was insistent throughout that she would not sleep with him. “Me attempting to push him off of me and fighting to keep him from taking my clothes off. Eventually he got tired, and I think it’s because he was so intoxicated–it was wearing him out.”
The woman said Calloway then began to touch himself and “kept trying to put my hand on his private area and eventually he ejac*lated on my hands.”
In a statement to the Daily Beast, Calloway’s lawyer said, “We cannot comment on vague secondhand allegations beyond that Mr. Calloway firmly denies any claim that he assaulted someone.”
Calloway was previously accused of assault by activist Sil Lai Abrams in a report published by The Hollywood Reporter in 2017. Revisiting a story first published in her 2007 book, in which she named her abuser only as a “B-list celebrity,” Abrams said Calloway forced her to touch his penis and attempted to force himself on her when they met in 2006.
Abrams reported the incident to the police, but the case was dismissed. “The Assistant District Attorney handling my case asked for one too many continuances and as a result violated [Calloway’s] right to a fair and speedy trial.”
At the time, Calloway called the allegations “false” and said he “fully cooperated” with the investigation.