Host Anthony Anderson speaks onstage during the 75th Primetime Emmy Awards at Peacock Theater on January 15, 2024, in Los Angeles, California.
The Television Academy sparked backlash online when Anthony Anderson was announced as the host of this year’s Emmy Awards, which aired on Monday.
Advocates for victims of sexual assault were quick to remind the internet about the three separate sexual assault or misconduct allegations against the “Black-ish” star, spanning from 2003 up until as recent as 2018. He has denied each of them.
The Sexual Violence Prevention Association called for Fox and the Television Academy to remove Anderson as a host. That didn’t happen, of course, as Anderson took the stage on Martin Luther King Day accompanied by his mother, Doris Bowman, who he included in multiple bits throughout the night.
Anderson received much praise for his job hosting, but amidst that came more backlash. Folks took to social media to call out Anderson’s controversial history.
I can’t emphasize enough how many capable people there are to host the Emmys who are not Anthony Anderson https://t.co/3DTQM8l7db
— Heben Nigatu (@hebennigatu) January 16, 2024
It’s pretty wild that Anthony Anderson is making sexualized jokes about various actors in his #Emmys2024 opener when he has had multiple sexual assault allegations against him pic.twitter.com/Y0ch4q8fj0
— Raven Brunner (@raventbrunner) January 16, 2024
anthony anderson has multiple sexual assault allegations against him stop fucking booking him why that just ruined my night
— َ (@ungodlywests) January 16, 2024
In 2004, the first woman alleged that she was “lured” into a trailer on the set of “Hustle and Flow” where Anderson and assistant director Wayne Witherspoon “began removing her clothes” and “sexually assaulted her,” according to the complaint published by The Smoking Gun. The report goes on to state that a witness heard the woman’s screams and unlocked the trailer door, after which she “ran from the trailer naked.” Anderson was charged with aggravated rape, but a Memphis judge dismissed the charges against Anderson and Witherspoon.
That same year, another woman filed a sexual assault lawsuit against Anderson under Jane Doe, seeking $900,000 in damages. The woman alleged that the assault occurred in his dressing room after a taping of “All About the Andersons” in Los Angeles in 2003. Doe said Anderson “made suggestive comments, grabbed her genital area and sexually assaulted her,” according to UPI.
In 2018, the Los Angeles Police Department opened an investigation into Anderson after a third woman claimed he assaulted her after catering one of his events. According to The Blast, who first reported the story, the woman went to the police months later with encouragement from the Me Too Movement. The woman, however, didn’t want to be interviewed by the authorities, which led to the case being thrown out.
Anderson and his reps have denied each of these allegations.
The comedian has maintained a lucrative television career, earning 11 Emmy nominations since 2015. He recently assumed the role of the host for Fox’s game show “To Tell The Truth” alongside his mom. After Monday’s ceremony, he told TMZ, “Of course, I want to host the Oscars.”
On this week’s “I Know That’s Right,” I discuss my concern for how much we’re disregarding sexual assault the further away from the Me Too Movement we get:
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