Actress Sherrill Lee Ralph, best known for her role on Abbott Elementary, has come forward with a personal account of being sexually assaulted by a famous TV judge several years ago during a network event in New Orleans. While she didn’t name the judge, she said it was not Greg Mathis and referred to him as a “great guy.” Sherrill detailed how she was heckled by the judges during the event and how everyone on the network saw it. She has also had other encounters with sexual harassment, sharing that she has experienced “me too” moments where men have attempted to put their hands on her leg. (Also Read: Brooke Shields Reminisces About Being a ‘Sexualized Child Model’: ‘I’m Amazing I Survived But Struggled to Find My Voice’)
During an appearance on the Way Up With Angela Yee podcast, Sherrill revealed that she had been sexually assaulted in the past by a well-known TV personality. She said, “I’m in a very public place. I was friendly. I was wearing my suit. I was handling my business for a television show at the time. He and I were on the same network.” She said the alleged assault took place when she was promoting a show on a network program.
She detailed how he abused her, “This man came in, grabbed me by the back of my neck, spun me around and shoved his dirty-ass tongue down my throat. And everyone on the network saw it.
She appeared at Moesha during the incident, refraining from mentioning the man’s name. However, she made it clear that it was not Judge Greg Mathis, whom she holds in high esteem, referring to him as a ‘great guy’ and saying, “I love him. He’s a great guy. He absolutely No. He is a great person. This was another. He insisted that the person who sexually assaulted him was someone else entirely.
She also shared that she has experienced other “me too” moments during her career. Ralph shared that he was allegedly assaulted on another occasion and also had an experience where a promoter inappropriately touched his leg. These incidents made him question his perception of reality and forced him to consider how to protect himself from such situations in the future.
Sherrill rose to fame for her role in the Broadway musical Dreamgirls, for which she received a Tony Award nomination. She has also appeared in several film and television productions including Moesha, It’s a Living, and Ray.