In a new interview, Sheryl Crow details the alleged sexual harassment she faced early in her career by a powerful music manager and how it was a “crash course” in the music industry.
The “All I Wanna Do” singer preparing to stream her show live The songs & the stories from the church she built in her garden on June 18th spoke with The independent one over Frank DiLeo, the late manager of Michael Jackson. DiLeo, who ran the controversial artist in the 1980s and returned to work by his side shortly before Jackson’s death in 2009, died in 2011.
Crow toured with Jackson in 1987 when she was just 25 and shared the story The independent one that DiLeo kept making unwanted advances back then and threatened to ruin her career if she didn’t fit in.
“For a young person from a really small town, it was incredible in every way to see the world and work with arguably the greatest pop star,” she said of the tour with the “Billie Jean” singer, whose sexual assault allegations were made in of the 2019 HBO documentary series Leaving Neverland. “But I also did a crash course in the music industry.”
Crow said she closed DiLeo’s advances, but when a depressed Crow returned to Los Angeles, a lawyer informed her that she should have given in to his advances to advance her music career.
“It was sobering,” recalled the 59-year-old Grammy winner. “I think when your dream bubble bursts you either go, ‘Okay, well, I’m going to forget that dream,’ or you do what I did, which was about a year in it, and then you bootstrap and you can go back to work. “