USA – Beyonce’s father Mathew Knowles has claimed his daughter and her bandmate Kelly Rowland were sexually harassed as teenagers.
The music manager, 67, said that two members of the Atlanta-based R&B group Jagged Edge behaved inappropriately with the pair when they were 16.
The incident took place when Jagged Edge and Destiny’s Child were touring together, and on the same bus, in the late Nineties, according to Knowles.
‘Now remember the girls are minors: They’re 16-years-old the guys are 21- and 22-years-old,’ said Knowles, who appeared on the show to promote his new book, Destiny’s Child: The Untold Story.
‘I got a call from Kelly and Beyoncé … saying that they were constantly being harassed by two of the members in Jagged Edge,’ he said. ‘I couldn’t have that. I literally had to put the guys off the bus in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.’
Mathew said he acted swiftly with business and the law in mind, saying, ‘I have a fiduciary duty with minors, by the law, there’s a certain way I have to manage that.’
When he was asked how he processed the information as a father, Mathew said, ‘We won’t talk about that on camera’.
Knowles did not specify which members of Jagged Edge he was talking about.
He said the incident ‘began all of this drama’ that involved one-time Destiny’s Child members LaTavia Roberson and LaToya Luckett getting new reps. The pair left the group in 2000.
Knowles revealed: ‘An attorney called me out-of-the-blue to tell me that I would be getting a certified letter… to tell me that, at this point, that he was now on an interim basis managing LaTavia and LaToya.
‘And that they would finally go and search for a final manager, but for now he was the interim manager.’
He said he told the attorney that Roberson and Luckett were responsible for about five per cent of the vocals – Beyonce and Rowland did the other 95 per cent – and ultimately, the ladies were gone from the group.