AJ Calloway Facing Two New Sexual Assault Allegations
AJ Calloway, former 106 & Park host and current co-host on Extra, is facing two new sexual assault accusations. According to The Jasmine Brand via the Daily Beast, one woman who chose to remain anonymous took her accusations to the police in West Orange, New Jersey on December 24th, 2018. She claims that when she told someone about her experience, they did not believe her. She went on to identify Sil Lai Abrams, who accused Calloway of sexual assault in 2018, and Abrams was the first person to believe her. Details about the assault, however, have not been released due to the nature of her ongoing case.
On another note, a woman who has been renamed "Talia" has come forward about her experience with Calloway. According to the site, they originally met in 2011. Talia recounted, "He started messaging me in 2011. He wanted to take me out to dinner and I kept telling him no, I wouldn’t entertain his advances. After him asking me out repeatedly I agreed to go, because it got to a point where he started to get upset that I was actually not willing to go out with him. He was kind of like, do you know who I am?"
She said that they finally went out and Calloway took her back to his home after inviting a few friends over for a party. Around 3 a.m., Talia recalls Calloway walking his guests to the door and as they exited, he returned to her. She continued, "We started making out. And I knew I wasn’t having sex—I knew adamantly I wasn’t having sex because I won’t have sex unless I’m in a committed relationship. So, you know, even though I’m kissing him, I’m thinking, this is the first date, we’re just making out a little bit—because I’ve never even had sex on the first night with someone."
Talia said that Calloway made several attempts to lift up her skip, but she constantly refused. She then said, "I just remember trying to push him off of me, and this went on for 40 minutes straight. Me attempting to push him off of me and fighting to keep him from taking my clothes off. Eventually he got tired, and I think it’s because he was so intoxicated—it was wearing him out. And I just remember him pulling his penis out and he began stroking himself and he kept trying to put my hand on his penis and eventually he ejaculated on my hands."
She also said, "I remember that the whole night he wrapped his legs around me, so I couldn’t get away. I just remember trying to move and position myself where I could breathe because my face was in his chest, his legs were wrapped around me, his arms were wrapped around me, and that’s how he slept the whole night until morning."
Journalist Jamilah Lemieux came forward on Friday (January 4th), with statements of support. She said, "I had to get a clearly too-intoxicated-to-consent friend away from AJ at a party once. I’ve heard @Sil_Lai speak about her story for years. I believe every word of this."
Calloway denied allegations made against him last year, saying, "I was disappointed to read the false allegations about me in The Hollywood Reporter. As I have maintained from the beginning, these allegations are not true. When I was first notified about these allegations by law enforcement more than a decade ago, I fully cooperated from the beginning and the case was dismissed."
On another note, Extra has responded to the allegations made against Calloway. According to The Jasmine Brand, a spokesperson for the program said, "We take allegations made against our employees seriously and investigate appropriately. To date, we have not received a complaint about A.J. Calloway and his work on ‘Extra.’"