Actress Sheryl Lee Ralph recently spoke about a past incident in which she was assaulted by a well-known TV judge while working. Ralph, who was on the “Way Up With Angela Yee” podcast, maintained that the incident happened in a public setting as she was handling her business for the television show she was on at the time. The assault involved the judge grabbing her by the back of her neck and forcing his tongue into her mouth while everyone at the network watched. Ralph was ready to report the assault, and even sought the aid of former New Orleans Mayor Marc Morial, but was urged by network executives to keep it quiet to avoid bad press. The witnesses tried to downplay the incident, but Ralph is coming forward with her story to encourage other women in the industry to speak up and share their experiences.
In a bid to keep other women from suffering in silence, Ralph has spoken out about the painful experience she endured in the past. The actress, known for her role in “Abbott Elementary,” previously revealed in an interview on the “Way Up With Angela Yee” podcast how a famous TV judge assaulted her while she was handling her business in a public setting. Ralph stated that the well-known judge grabbed her by the back of her neck and thrust his tongue down her throat, while everyone at the network watched. Despite being encouraged not to report the incident by network executives, Ralph has come forward with her story to help others speak out about similar experiences.
Ralph was ready to report the assault when she enlisted the aid of former New Orleans Mayor Marc Morial. However, she was urged by the network executives to keep the incident to herself, as they didn’t want any bad press. Additionally, the witnesses downplayed the incident’s seriousness, causing Ralph to feel as though she had to keep the assault hidden from the public eye. Nevertheless, given the current climate in the entertainment industry, Ralph has chosen to break her silence and encourage other women to speak their truth.
Ralph didn’t name the TV judge who assaulted her but did clear Greg Mathis of any wrongdoing. The actress said that she loves Mathis and thinks he is a great man. However, the man who assaulted her was someone else entirely. Ralph hopes that sharing her story will inspire other women in the industry to come forward with their truth and speak out about any incidents of assault or harassment they have been subjected to. She believes that no one should go through the pain alone and is encouraging others to speak up and seek help if needed.