Joe Budden is taking accountability for his unwanted behavior.
Joe’s former employee/ co-host on See, The Thing Is, Olivia Dope, called him out for sexually harassing her on multiple occasions. In a video, Olivia said Joe made inappropriate comments about wanting to have sex with her and remarks about her clothes. Olivia was also upset after Joe gave her a “touchy” hug.
Olivia left the show back in March due to sexual harassment. Hot New Hip Hop reports Joe gave a statement, and he takes full accountability for his actions. He said,
“As a podcaster, it is my job to address topics and create dialogue around them. During the conversation on the See, The Thing Is podcast, I didn’t handle the topics with the sensitivity they deserved. I recognize my words and power in that situation created an upsetting environment for Olivia. Upon reflection, both the network and I take accountability for this.” He goes on to apologize. He said,
“I apologize sincerely to Olivia, her former co-hosts, our staff, and the public. [To] not further any trauma, the episode will be removed from all platforms.”
At the end of the statement, Joe says he supports women’s rights to feel “comfortable” and “protected” at work. He said, “We support Olivia in her quest to heal, applaud her for finding the strength to share her experience, and wish her the best in all her future endeavors. I am taking the time to listen and learn; we have already begun to make the necessary changes to ensure this is a safe environment for all moving forward. We at the network endeavor to continue to elevate Black women’s voices and create opportunities to have constructive conversations to impact change.”
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