"I have never had the thought of touching a woman's chest," said Bishop Charles Ellis III.
A. Grande sang the hit of A. Franklin "You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman" during the mourning ceremony. After the show the pastor thanked the singer for 25 years and embraced her. At that moment his hand was on her right breast.
The bishop only said that he wanted to seduce the singer. "Maybe I crossed the border, maybe I was friendly and close," added the pastor of the city of Detroit, the birthplace of the Greater Grace Temple, in the church of Henri Franklin.
This incident caused great outrage on social networks. "I'm sorry you had to endure it," wrote Claudia Jordan, winner of the TV program in the tweeter. Grabbing was clearly visible, "and we could all see and feel your discomfort."
76-year-old A. Franklin died of cancer on August 16 at his home in Detroit.