Singing Legend Diana Ross Says She Felt ‘Violated’ by TSA After New Orleans Show

By Colin Fredericson

Singing legend Diana Ross expressed outrage at the way she was treated by TSA agents at the airport in Louisiana.

Ross was in Louisiana for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

“OK so on one hand I’m treated like royalty in New Orleans and at the airport I was treated like [expletive],” Ross tweeted on May 5, which is also the last day of the festival.

Ross performed at the festival in the evening of May 4, according to the festival’s website. The entire festival is eight days long.

“Let me be clear , Not the peiple [sic] or Delta BUT TSA , was over the top !!” The 75-year-old singer said in another tweet. “Makes me want to cry !!!”

Ross’s Twitter account has more than 97,000 followers. Her first tweet about the incident received more than 2,700 likes.

“Its [sic] not what was done but how, I am feeling violated – I still feel her hands between my legs, front and back (saying to me it her job,) WOW!! really mixed emotions I always like to see the good things but not feeling good right now,” Ross said in a more descriptive tweet.

In a more recent tweet she posted a short video clip of her performance, where she is singing her classic song “Stop! In the Name of Love” in front of what look like thousands of festival attendees. The 1965 song first became famous when Ross performed it with her former group, The Supremes.

“Im[sic] feeling better, it took a minute,” Ross wrote in the tweet accompanying the video clip.

“TSA is committed to ensuring all travelers are treated with respect and courtesy. TSA is aware of concerns presented by Diana Ross about her screening experience at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport this morning,” the TSA wrote in a statement obtained by People.

“Initial review of CCTV indicates that the officers involved with Ms. Ross’s screening correctly followed all protocols, however, TSA leadership will continue to investigate the matter further. We encourage Ms. Ross to reach out to TSA so we can work with her directly to address her concerns,” the statement continued.

In 1999, when Ross was 55 years old, she told reporters that officials at London’s Heathrow Airport detained her for over five hours after she had an altercation with security agents, People reported.

“I travel a lot. The security checks usually use metal detectors,” Ross told People at the time. “This woman went all around my body and up and down my legs. I felt very uncomfortable. I wanted to complain, but no one listened to me.”

Ross was detained when she asked the guard “How would you feel in this situation?” before touching her, according to People.

“I reacted because I was upset,” Ross said, reported People.

Ross had a huge 75th birthday bash earlier this year, where she and others performed on stage as part of the celebration. The party took place at two separate locations and included a multitude of celebrities, People reported.

The party started at Warwick on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, and moved to the Hollywood Palladium at 11 p.m., where Ross changed her dress five different times throughout the night.