Bishop Charles H. Ellis III, who presided over Aretha Franklin ’s funeral service got incredibly close with superstar singer Ariana Grande that social media users are accusing him of touching her inappropriately.
In the pictures which have now gone viral, Bishop Charles Ellis III, can be seen with his hand wrapped tightly around Grande’s side and dangerously close to her right breast for nearly a minute.
Grande had just finished performing a tribute to the late Queen of Soul at her Friday funeral when Bishop Charles joined the singer onstage and admitted he wasn’t completely familiar with Ariana’s work before the event.
Holding Grande close, Ellis said:
“I’ve got to apologize because I have to brush up. My 28-year-old daughter tells me, ‘Dad! You are old at 60”.
Grande appeared to be uncomfortable with the way Ellis was holding her and seemed to be leaning away from him for the duration of the encounter.
“When I saw Ariana Grande on the program, I thought that was a new something at Taco Bell,” Ellis joked.
“Oh my god,” Grande laughed, as Ellis pulled her into his side and then gave her a tight hug.
“Girl, let me give you all your respect,” the bishop continued. “Did you all enjoy this icon? She’s an icon herself.”