Michael Rainey Jr. Addresses Being ‘Sexually Assaulted’ In Viral Video

Michael Rainey Jr. attends the Ghost Season 2 Premiere on November 17, 2021 in New York City.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 17: Michael Rainey Jr. attends the Ghost Season 2 Premiere on November 17, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for STARZ)

Michael Rainey Jr. responds to being inappropriately groped while streaming live with Tylil James.

The “Power” star issued a statement via Instagram writing, “at this point everyone has seen the video circulating online. I am still in shock and don’t full know how to process what happened last night. This is an unfortunate situation that I do not condone in any way.”

He continued: “I can’t take it lightly because I know I would be in serious trouble if the roles were reversed.”

“The fact is, sexual assault is never okay, regardless of gender or status. We’re all human, and we should respect each other. Most importantly, we should respect ourselves.”

A rep for the actor also said, “this situation is not being taken lightly. Sexual harassment and assault are serious and unacceptable acts. Taking advantage of someone’s celebrity in this manner devalues entertainers and underscores the need to respect their humanity. Those who entertain us are human beings just like everyone else.” 

We previously reported that while being featured on popular streamers Tylil James stream, Rainey Jr. can be seen being “groped” by Ty’s younger sister. “She never seen somebody that caliber so she start…. That’s my sister so I’m not gonna say nothing bad about her. I’m gonna just check her,” Tylil says following the incident.

James issued an apology on his sister’s behalf following the incident. “After the actions that occurred during my stream last night I would like to sincerely apologize to Michael and his family for what took place” writes Ty in a statement. My little sister was completely wrong and out of line. What she did was very inappropriate and unacceptable. I am truly embarrassed and disgusted by her actions. I completely respect whatever decision Michael wants to go in this situation.”

He continued: “After watching that clip, I was completely taken back by what she done. I will take extreme precautions with future streams to avoid similar issues and have her banned from participating in future streams. I do not condone any type of assault.”