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Keke Palmer further addresses Trey Songz incident

Larry King NowJan 25 '17

'Scream Queens' star KekePalmer discusses her recent Instagram post, in which she claims R&B singer Trey Songz used "sexual intimidation" to coerce her into his music video shoot, and then publicly released the video without Palmer's consent.

Larry King: I want to discuss a recent incident you publically addressed

Keke Palmer: Yeah.

Larry King: On Instagram. The RB, the R&B singer Trey Songz, he was a guest here.

Keke Palmer: Ah.

Larry King: He released a new music video for his song “Pick Up the Phone” and you make a cameo appearance, as I understand it. But you say you never authorized him to use your likeness. What were you doing there if you didn’t want to be in the video?

Keke Palmer: Well it was a party. Yeah, a regular party, you know I was in Miami for New Year’s, a lot of friends there, people there. You know, so I just went to hang out and then it turned into a video.

Larry King: You didn’t know it would be a video?

Keke Palmer: No, I didn’t know.

Larry King: Did you see cameras?

Keke Palmer: Yeah, when I started to see cameras I was like, ‘okay, they filming a video. It got nothing to do with me.’ You know, until they started asking me to be in it.

Larry King: They did ask you to be in it?

Keke Palmer: Yeah, more than once.

Larry King: You said ‘no’?

Keke Palmer: Yeah, more than once.

Larry King: Why did you say no?

Keke Palmer: Because I wasn’t in the right mind. I had been drinking and eating, and it wasn’t a professional environment. It was not a place where I’m like, ‘I’m in the right mind to decide if this works with my brand, if I like the artist.’ I don’t know nothing about the artist that’s also in the song.

Larry King: Did you say ‘no’ to the producer or to Trey?

Keke Palmer: I said, first, ‘no’ to the producer, then said ‘no’ to the assistant, and then said ‘no’ to Trey, and then said it again after I came out of the closet.

Larry King: What did you mean by ‘sexual intimidation’?

Keke Palmer: I mean just that. Sexual intimidation. You know, I feel like as a female, often I’m put in situations where sometimes males will use their masculinity, their sexuality, to taunt you. You know, I hate to have to bring and say that and make it known, but I mean like, I ain’t the first person that’s gone through this. People have gone through this all the time. In college, in high school, but these aren’t the things that I’ve experienced. So this was kind of like one of my first major experiences. It would be like you going to a party where the biggest jock is there, and the whole time he’s like, you know, ‘you can get screwed. You can get this, you can get that. You ain’t no little girl no more.’

Larry King: Have you heard from Trey since you’ve posted this?

Keke Palmer: I haven’t heard from him directly, no.

Larry King: Who’d you hear from?

Keke Palmer: I heard from my manager.

Larry King: Your manager said what?

Keke Palmer: The same thing that everybody always says. ‘I didn’t know.’

Larry King: So your manager had no knowledge of it?

Keke Palmer: No, not my manager saying that – Trey said, ‘I didn’t know.’

Larry King: Are you planning to take legal action?

Keke Palmer: Yes, I am. I mean the video is down now. But I mean…

Larry King: But it was out.

Keke Palmer: More so, I mean, it’s out and it’s over but I feel more so my point isn’t to say, it’s not just specifically about this person, this guy or what he did. It’s the overall idea that you can’t just do stuff to people and it’s all right. No matter who you are.

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