Aretha Franklin bishop apologises after he's accused of 'GROPING' Ariana Grande

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Bishop Charles H Ellis III has apologised to for how he touched her during ‘s funeral.

A video from the ceremony emerged which saw the bishop wrapped his arm around Grande and appear to touch her breast after she performed Franklin’s (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.

Photos also show God is a Woman star Ariana, 25,  uncomfortable. 
Fans took  to blast the incident and a #RespectAriana hashtag began trending worldwide with 90,000 tweets.

“It would never be my intention to touch any woman’s breast”

Bishop Ellis

Bishop Ellis has now spoken out, saying it wasn’t his intention to touch Ariana’s breast.

He stated: “It would never be my intention to touch any woman’s breast… I don’t know I guess 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 the female artists and the male artists.”

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INCIDENT: Bishop Ellis was accused of ‘groping’ Ariana at Aretha Franklin’s funeral

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AWKWARD: The US singer looked uncomfortable in pictures from the ceremony

He then continued: “Everybody that was up, I shook their hands and hugged them. That’s what we are all about in the church. We are all about love.”

“The last thing I want to do is to be a distraction to this day. This is all about Aretha Franklin.”

Ariana has yet to make a public comment about the matter.

The bishop also apologised to Ariana, her fans and Hispanic community for making a joke about seeing her name on the programme and thinking it was a new item on the menu at Taco Bell, a Tex-Mex chain of fast food restaurants popular in the US.

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FURIOUS: Fans went online to blast Bishop Ellis over the incident

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PERFORMANCE: Ariana gave a rendition of Aretha’s (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman

He added: “I personally and sincerely apologise to Ariana and to her fans and to the whole Hispanic community.

“When you’re doing a programme for nine hours you try to keep it lively, you try to insert some jokes here and there.”

Discussing the incident online, feminist author Mona Eltahawy wrote: “I don’t care what you think about Ariana Grande, her music or her dress. This is wrong. That bishop’s hand should not be on her breast.”

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