Michael Rainey Jr. Addresses Being Groped by Streamer’s Sister on Livestream: ‘I Am Still in Shock’

Tylil James, a.k.a. TyTy, says his sister is now banned from future livestreams.

Michael Rainey Jr. on the red carpet, wearing a sleeveless, textured top and layered chain necklaces. Background features "Power" branding
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Michael Rainey Jr. on the red carpet, wearing a sleeveless, textured top and layered chain necklaces. Background features "Power" branding

Michael Rainey Jr.’s appearance on a recent stream from Tylil James, a.k.a. TyTy, is at the center of a wave of criticism over a moment of what many have called out as nonconsensual groping.

In a clip still making the round as of this writing, as shown below, the Power actor can be seen making an uncomfortable-looking facial expression when approached and, seemingly, inappropriately touched by an individual since claimed to be the streamer’s sister.

"I’m trying to literally ignore this shit but I’m getting texts," James later said, speaking straight to the camera. "The energy shifted and n***as got up and left. All that shit really made me feel a way."

While James says he’s "around celebrities all day," he said the opposite is true for his sister.

"She never seen somebody that caliber so she started…," he said, not finishing the sentence. "You see what I’m saying? And that’s my sister so I’m not gonna say nothing bad about her. I’mma just check her."

According to James, he’s never been "more mad" about anything in his life than he is with how this has all played out.

23-year-old Michael Rainey Jr. took to his Instagram Stories to share a statement about what transpired.

"At this point, everyone has seen the video circulating online. I am still in shock and don't fully know how to process what happened last night," he wrote. "This is an unfortunate situation that I do not condone in any way. 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 always respect ourselves."

Instagram Story text post by michaelraineyjr discussing reactions to a video, emphasizing the seriousness of sexual assault and mutual respect among people

In a follow-up statement shared to his IG, James said he does "not condone any type of assault," adding that he will support "whatever direction" Rainy ends up taking this incident moving forward.

"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," James said on Monday. "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 direction Michael wants to go in this situation. After watching the clip, I was completely taken back by what she done. I will take extreme precautions with future streams to avoid similar issues and have banned her from participating in future streams."

Thetyllishow apologizes to Michael and his family for an inappropriate action by their sister during a stream, and vows to prevent future incidents and not condone assault

In a recent conversation with Complex centered around the kickoff of Power Book II: Ghost’s final season, Rainey spoke candidly about looking forward to"a new chapter" in his career after a decade in the Power universe. Read the full conversation here.

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