by Kathy Crest:
Another day, another case of sexual misconduct. This time it’s billionaire Richard Branson, according to Fox News.
Branson has been accused of “motorboating” a female music artist who’s band played at Branson’s island home. For those not familiar with the term, it refers to a man placing his head between a woman’s breast, shaking it back and forth, and making the sounds of a motor on a boat.
The female accuser, Antonia Jenae, was the backup singer for Joss Stone at the time the incident took place back in 2010. The band was invited to play for a party that Branson was giving at his Necker Island home. According to Jenae, “He went ‘brrrrrr’ and just walked away. It was surreal, totally out of the blue. Joss and I were like, ‘What the hell was that?!’ Everyone was wondering why I wasn’t angry because I’m usually a firebrand. But I was just too shocked.” Jenae also claimed that Branson asked her to show him her breasts, and to walk around his house topless.
Like most of the politicians who have been accused of sexual misconduct, Branson claims he cannot remember the circumstances surrounding the accusations. I have a feeling these types of people do it so often, that remembering a particular incident becomes a problem for them. All their money seems to give them a sense of entitlement in which they feel “entitled” to do whatever they want, when they want, with whom they want.
“Sir” Richard Charles Nicholas Branson is an English business magnate, investor and philanthropist. He founded the Virgin Group, which controls more than 400 companies. He started his first business at age 16, a magazine named “Student”. In 1970, he started a mail order record business , Virgin Records, which quickly grew into an empire. In the 1980’s, he started Virgin Atlantic airline and expanded the Virgin Records music label. He was knighted in March of 2000, Branson at Buckingham Palace for “services to entrepreneurship”.
Being a millionaire or billionaire does not give one the right to abuse anyone. The problem is, some of the wealthy believe they have a hidden right to do as they please. If they get caught, they use their money to attack their accuser. If that isn’t enough to dissuade them, they pay them off in a settlement. It isn’t right, and the laws need to change. For far too long women and children have been afraid to speak out of the abuses they have suffered. They are too afraid of the retributions that might follow. It is good to see that things are changing, and that these people now feel as if they can come forth. Hopefully this will send a message that this kind of treatment is inappropriate, no matter who you are or how much you are worth. Being abused leaves unpleasant memories that often make it impossible for one to lead a normal life, depending on the level of abuse they have suffered. Many times those who are capable of “motorboating”, may also be capable of doing things much worse. Human trafficking is a very big problem around the world today. It is a business that conveys a huge profit. Those who are involved should take heed with what is happening in the news today. This is just the tip of the iceberg, and their necks will soon be on the line.