The bishop who served as the emcee at Aretha Franklin‘s funeral apologized to Ariana Grande following accusations that he groped the singer onstage.
Following Grande’s performance at Detroit’s Greater Grace Temple Friday, Bishop Charles H. Ellis III hugged the singer and brought her to the main podium; video from the service showed Ellis’ hand holding Grande above her waist, with his fingers pressing against the right side of her chest.
“It would never be my intention to touch any woman’s breast. Maybe I crossed the border, maybe I was too friendly or familiar. But again, I apologize,” Ellis III told the Associated Press.