A journalist claims that rocker Courtney Love once groped him without permission.
Frank Elaridi, who mostly works for ABC programs and digital platforms, said on Thursday’s episode of the “Quite Frankly” podcast that the incident occurred “six years ago” at Coachella when he was covering the music festival for “Nightline.”
“I think I was, like, 24 years old at the time – I was naive,” he explained. “They sent me to Coachella to interview him. I’m at her next party, I’m interviewing her in the next room, and then I’m like, ‘Come hang with us!’ said.”
Elaridi said she had to and the two “had a photo together”.
“And the second [the] the photo is over, he grabbed my crotch, like this Really difficult. Like, hold it like this,” he said, gesturing with his hands.
“I was caught off guard. There is literally a photo because someone from the other side of the room took it. [and] sent it to me.”
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The picture shows Love holding onto Elaridi’s groin with her right hand. While her expression was surprised, she looked carefree and aloof.
“His hand is so clear – it’s like there’s a photo of Courtney Love with her hand basically squeezing my balls,” she said.
Elaridi’s podcast guest, musician Nahko Bear, who was accused of sexual harassment but denied the allegations, said, “So you’re going to cancel it?” asked.
Elaridi said that “10 years from now” the thought of “following him” will “never pass”. [his] mind.”
“A rock star in my head,” he explained. “not justify [her behavior] or that’s okay, but in my head, it would never have crossed my mind to do that.
However, she wondered if it was still worth chatting about, given the fact that “she’s a woman” and she’s “a man”.
He wrote a long caption next to the clip on the podcast on Instagram, stating that he didn’t want to “come out as a victim.”
Reps for Love, 58, did not immediately respond to Page Six’s request for comment.
Elaridi recalled witnessing an alleged similar dynamic a few years ago when she was a backstage reporter on “Dancing With the Stars.”
Anonymously—because he’s “not trying to get anyone to cancel”—he claimed during joint interviews with his “dance partner on the show” that he was “an old lady who will playfully flirt” but “stroke herself”. always butt.
Elaridi claimed that the unidentified man would “gaze” at him with wide eyes and an unsettling “smirk”.
“I can’t help but wonder why some people are elected and some are not,” he said.