American singer Sheryl Crow has just made a personal revelation about an experience of sexual harassment that she lived when she was young. The artist, who initially worked as a backup singer for Michael Jackson, had to endure threats and proposals from his manager, Frank DiLeo, during the year and a half that she was on tour. Now, in full awareness of the need to denounce this type of behavior so common in Hollywood, Crow wanted to share what he lived.
It was in an interview with The Independent this Saturday where the 59-year-old singer was completely sincere. “I had a shocking entry into the music industry,” he begins by saying before recounting what happened. At the time, 25-year-old Sheryl Crow joined the choir of the Bad Tour by Michael Jackson, which lasted 18 months between 1987 and 1989.
The singer has explained that the manager that the king of pop had at the time, the same manager that he had in his final stage before he died, Frank DiLeo, sexually harassed her, increasingly intensifying his approaches, and even threatened to boycott her career in the world of music if she didn’t agree to do what he asked her to do.
“It is very interesting to go back to the past and review some of those old experiences that we have continued to live with, and then compare them with where we are now,” he commented. “Being able to pull those things out about the long battles of sexual harassment that I had to face during the Michael Jackson tour and talk about it in the middle of the Me Too movement… it makes you feel like we’ve come a long way but it doesn’t feel like that we have finished it yet ”, he added.
In fact, Sheryl Crow spoke covertly about these experiences in two of the songs that were included in her album. Tuesday Night Music Club published in 1993, The Na-Na Song Y What I can Do For You. “It was the first time that I spoke about it and I felt very uncomfortable but for me I felt that it was much more empowering to be able to talk about it and then play the music that was inspired by it,” she reflected.
“Isn’t that what music is for? To help us deal with whatever experiences we’ve been through and hopefully for people to see their own situations reflected in your music as well? ”Says Sheryl Crow about turning her experience into songs.
Frank DiLeo, who was also the manager of Gloria Estefan, Prince, Cindy Lauper or Ozzy Osbourne, among others, died in 2011 in a heart intervention at the age of 63.