After 14 years, Warner Bros. Television has terminated its relationship with Extra host A.J. Calloway, following multiple allegations of sexual assault against him.
“The company has investigated the claims made into Mr. Calloway’s conduct and he and the company have mutually agreed to part ways,” a Warners rep said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter Thursday (Aug 1).
Calloway was suspended in February with pay after THR published a report of allegations made against him by author Sil Lai Abrams last June. The incident reportedly happened in 2006 and was included in 2007 book, No More Drama, describing Calloway as “well-spoken B-list celebrity Ray.” Calloway was arrested at the time but charges were later dropped on procedural grounds.
More accusers came forward in a story published earlier this year for The Daily Beast. They included three alleged rape incidents where accusers filed police reports in New York, New Jersy, and California dating back to 2003 with the most recent report in 2013.
Abrams posted on her Twitter account in response to the termination.
It took way too long, but @WarnerMediaGrp FINALLY took the sexual assault and rape claims about A.J. Calloway made by me and other women seriously. Never stop fighting for what you believe in. #MeToo https://t.co/r1nZzZm0OT
— Sil Lai Abrams AKA Alecto (@Sil_Lai) July 31, 2019
“It took way too long, but @WarnerMediaGrp FINALLY took the sexual assault and rape claims about A.J. Calloway made by me and other women seriously. Never stop fighting for what you believe in. #MeToo.”
Following his suspension, Calloway’s attorney, Lisa E. Davis told THR, “”Mr. Calloway maintains that these unsubstantiated allegations are patently false. He vehemently denies that he ever assaulted anyone and looks forward to clearing his name.”
Calloway and his lawyer have yet to make comments in response to his termination.