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Sheryl Crow recalls sexual harassment she suffered during late boss Frank DiLeo’s Michael Jackson tour

Sheryl Crow says the music industry may be better at listening to women today than it was when she was molested by Michael Jackson on the 1987 “Bad” tour.

But there is still work to be done.

In a recent interview with The Independent, the nine-time Grammy winner recalled her abuse by Jackson boss Frank DiLeo and how it plunged her into a long depression.

“Naivety is such a beautiful thing,” said Crow, 59, of the point of sale, referring to how she blindly went straight into “sexual harassment”.

Sheryl Crow arrives at the 53rd annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on November 13, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Sheryl Crow arrives at the 53rd annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on November 13, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Evan Agostini / Evan Agostini / Invision / AP)
“For a young person from a really small town, it was incredible in every way to see the world and work with, without a doubt, the greatest pop star … But I also took a crash course in music,” she says.

“It’s very interesting to go back and see some of those old things and experiences that are connected with it and then compare them to where we are now,” she said. “When we talk about it in the middle of the MeToo movement … it feels like we’ve come a long way, but it doesn’t feel like we’re all there yet.”

Crow referred to DiLeo in two songs on his 1993 debut album, including “The Na-Na Song,” which includes the lines: “Frank DiLeo’s Dong / Maybe I would have let him sing if I had a hit.” But it wasn’t until the publication of her audio book “Words + Music” last year that Crow went into detail.

She said the audiobook, which was released last September, “was the first time I talked about it and it felt really uncomfortable, but it felt so much stronger to talk about it and then the music to play”. it was inspired by. . ”

In the book, she said Frank DiLeo “liked” her, sexually molested her, and threatened her career if she ever surpassed him.

“Frank not only promised me that he would make me a star, he also promised me that otherwise I would never work again, that I would ever open my mouth,” she said.

Crow remembered her abuse by Jackson’s boss, Frank DiLeo, pictured, and how he plunged her into a long depression.
Crow remembered her abuse by Jackson’s boss, Frank DiLeo, pictured, and how he plunged her into a long depression. (Chris Pizzello / AP)
She remembers that she always “had to ride with him in the limousine”.

“It was scary enough for me to tell my parents about it. And those aren’t the things you want to bring your parents from Kennett, Missouri,” she said.

I hired a very powerful lawyer and sat down with him and told him everything and at the end of the conversation he said, “It seems to me that you have someone who promises you a career with songs and albums that are among the top 10 are coming who are ready to make you and you should feel happy, ”she recalls.

She said the message was loud and clear: “Bow down and endure sexual harassment for what I would make of it.”

She said it was a moment when “my innocence was lost”.

Speaking to The Independent, she said that after much preparation, she moved to Los Angeles, graduated from music and done her homework. But that didn’t reward the industry.

“You’ve trained all your life, you’ve heard the greatest artists, you’ve played in cafes and then you come out and learn, ‘Okay, this is how the music business works: a company buys’ so many items. You are among the top 10. We’ll take your publication. “It was sobering,” she said.

“I think if your dream bubble bursts then you either say, ‘Okay, I forget that dream’ or you do what I did, which was in it for about a year, and then you pull up bootstraps and come back to work , she said.

On Friday she will play a solo show live from a church she built in her backyard. She plans to play her music and provide insights into her writing process, reported The Independent.

“It’s very interesting to go back and see some of those old things and experiences that are connected with it and then compare them to where we are now,” she said.

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