Beyoncé Was Sexually Harassed By Members Of This R&B Group When She Was Just 16
Though she’s often very quiet about her personal life and past trials and tribulations — Beyoncé has been in the music industry for the majority of her life. As a result, she’s probably seen and dealt with a plethora of terrible things. Though she’s never come forward to share a personal #MeToo story, her father, Matthew Knowles, is now spilling the beans about one incident Beyoncé and her Destiny’s Child bandmate Kelly Rowland had to deal with when they were just teenagers.
Knowles was an integral part of Beyoncé’s career and success. He served as her manager during her Destiny’s Child years and in the first several years of her solo career. When speaking candidly about managing young women in the business — Knowles has always been adamant that he and his then-wife, Tina Lawson kept a watchful eye over the girls.
Unfortunately, that didn’t always protect the ladies from being sexually harassed.
This is how Beyoncé has been able to survive for so long in the entertainment industry
With the glaring spotlight and some of the goings-on behind the scenes, we can see why people walk away from Hollywood and never look back. Beyoncé has been able to sustain her mental health and career by protecting her privacy and removing herself from situations that no longer serve her.
“The predictable rock star DNA is a myth, ” she told Elle Magazine. “I believe you don’t have to accept dysfunction to be successful. This is not to say that I have not struggled. I have the same pain that life brings to everyone else. I try to shift the stigma that says with fame there has to be drama. It is how you relate to your hardships and use that to evolve. And I try to keep real ones around me.”
Matthew Knowles says Beyoncé was harassed by members of Jagged Edge when she was 16
Speaking of pain and struggles — like most women, Beyoncé has had to deal with sexual harassment. In an interview with Vlad TV, Matthew Knowles alleges that his daughter was sexually harassed by two members of Jagged Edge when she was only 16.
“Now, remember the girls are minors,” he explained. “They’re 16-years-old, the guys are 21- and 22-years-old. I got a call from Kelly and Beyoncé … saying that they were constantly being harassed by two of the members in Jagged Edge. I couldn’t have that. I literally had to put the guys off the bus in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I have a fiduciary duty with minors, by the law, there’s a certain way I have to manage that.”
Knowles did not name the two group members. We’re just glad that Beyoncé and Rowland’s concerns were not taken lightly.
Beyoncé is committed to surrounding herself with women
The entertainment industry has been a toxic place for women since the beginning of time. After dealing with her own struggles, Beyoncé is committed to hiring women and providing a safe working environment for them at her company, Parkwood Entertainment.
“It’s always been important to me to hire women,” she revealed. “I believe in giving a voice to people who are not always heard. One of the first presidents of my company was a woman. My current GM, head of production, head of PR, and other leaders are women. I hire women not to be token voices in the company but to lead. I believe women are more balanced and think with compassion in deciding what’s best for the business. They see the big picture absent of personal agendas. Most women are loyal and commit with 100 percent follow-through.”
We love to hear it.