Russell Simmons Denies Model's Accusations of Sexual Misconduct

Russell Simmons Denies Model's Accusations of Sexual Misconduct

Russell Simmons Denies Model's Accusations of Sexual Misconduct

She alleged the assault happened in 1991 and claimed that director Brett Ratner, who has had his own string of sexual misconduct allegations, watched and did nothing to stop it. Khalighi was 17 at the time and Simmons 34. They took Khalighi to dinner one night in 1991 at Mr. Chow in NY, and then back to Simmons' apartment to show her a music video they'd been working on. Khalighi said that Simmons was making inappropriate advances toward her throughout the night before ripping her clothes off and raping her while Ratner watched.

"I looked over at Brett and said 'help me, '" Khalighi told the Los Angeles Times.

'In that moment, the realization fell on me that they were in it together'. After the dinner, she claims she went back to an apartment with Simmons and Ratner and was assaulted by the Def Jam co-founder, who tried to force her to have intercourse. Eventually Simmons gave up and instead turned to coercing her to perform oral sex on him. "I guess I just acquiesced".

Khalighi went on to say that she saw Simmons on the street a year ago and he apologized.

Simmons denied the allegation in a statement posted to Twitter and said that anything that occurred between the two of them was consensual.

Ratner's lawyer told the LA Times that his client has "no recollection" of Khalighi asking for help against Simmons' moves. He added, "Let me be crystal clear and very direct".

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The women accusing him say that Ratner had a habit of surrounding himself with powerful men like Simmons and filmmaker James Toback, Roman Polanski and Robert Evans who have all been accused of preying on women. "Abusing women in any way shape or form violates the very core of my being", Simmons wrote.

In a statement to the newspaper, Simmons said all of his interactions with Khalighi were consensual, saying "I'm deeply saddened and truly shocked to learn of Keri's assertions as to what happened over the course of that weekend".

"It hurt so much", she said.

Simmons said in a statement regarding the new allegations, "I know Keri Claussen Khalighi and remember the weekend in 1991 that she has referenced". I have always spoken out regarding my life experiences, women's issues and the need to bring a faster and more decisive shift in the collective consciousness that will help bring about true women's equality. Simmons vehemently denied the claim.

In the recent months, many actresses have been revealing the sexual assault they endured at the hands of movie director Harvey Weinstein.

"He said he was young and stupid and blinded by Russell's sway over him", she said.

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