Popular US bishop Charles Ellis was forced to issue a public apology after he was caught on camera squeezing musician Ariana Grande's breasts.
Ellis was in charge of officiating queen of soul Aretha Franklin's funeral when the man of cloth decided to embrace Ariana so tightly the young lady kept cringing.
In a viral video seen by TUKO.co.ke on Sunday, September 2. Ariana was spotted fussing and faking a smile as she desperately tried to get off the pastor's clutch.
"I do not know, maybe I put my arm around her. Maybe I crossed the border. Maybe I was too friendly or familiar but again I apologise. I hug all female and male artistes. Everybody that was up, I shook their hands and hugged them. That is what we are all about in the church. We are all about love," the cleric said.
In a desperate attempt to save his skin, Ellis framed his apology to look like a justification for what he did as he hinted his actions were not wrong to begin with.
According to the preacher, that is how he hugs everyone he meets.
He also stated he did not want to distract people from the fact that that was Aretha's day and all attention was to be directed to the fallen musician.
The pastor had his arm wrapped around the beauty's back and extended to her right bosom.
Ellis, despite the multitude watching him kept squeezing Ariana's chesticles as he addressed the crowd and joked around on the pulpit.
He held onto his microphone and stole a glance of Ariana's face a few times.
It was however as clear as day the soft spoken pop star tried her best to free herself from the man's embrace but tried to hide her fear and uncomfortability.
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