Russell Simmons denies accusations of sexual misconduct, urges Terry Crews to forgive

Emilio Banks
November 20, 2017

The model, Keri Claussen Khalighi, allegedly met Ratner during a casting call. Ratner confirmed the basis of their friendship in an Introduction to Def Jam, Inc.: Russell Simmons, Rick Rubin, and the Extraordinary Story of the World's Most Influential Hip-Hop Label.

Khalighi alleges that she was invited back to Simmons' apartment to view a video he and Ratner had been working on.

Music mogul Russell Simmons is responding to new assault accusations detailed by the Los Angeles Times, against him and filmmaker Brett Ratner.

It might go as far as to say that Brett Ratner would have been an accessory to a crime since allegedly, he was in the room when she states she cried out for help only to have her pleas be ignored.

Khalighi said she was feeling "disgusting" and she chose to have a shower. He coerced her to perform oral sex, though, she said, and she "acquiesced". Additionally, Simmons issued the following statement to The Hollywood Reporter: "I completely and unequivocally deny the horrendous allegations of non-consensual sex against me with every fiber of my being".

Separately, Brett Ratner's attorney said his client has "no recollection" of the incident or any "protest" as described. "I remember this very, very clearly, the exact words he said on the phone".

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Khalighi said she succumbed to performing the oral sex after she fought him "wildly" after he tried to force her into having penetrative sex with him.

However, Simmons' attorney Brad D. Rose said that the apology was in the "context for the embarrassment and upheaval the weekend caused her" related to her "infidelity". "It hurt so much", Khalighi stated. She states he apologised for his actions, and "he knew what he had done; I knew what he had done". Simmons reportedly had this to say. "Abusing women in any shape or form violates the very core of my being". Khalighi said that after the November 1 story came out about Ratner, she reached out to Simmons and encouraged him to come forward about his own misconduct.

Variety reported earlier this month that Ratner and Simmons were investigated for an alleged sexual battery in 2001 in Beverly Hills, but no charges were filed. I have been a public figure for all of my adult life.

Meanwhile, hours after Khalighi's story surfaced, actor Terry Crews who was sexually assaulted by an Hollywood agent in the presence of his wife called out Simmons for telling him to forgive his abuser. I'm deeply saddened and truly shocked to learn of Keri's assertions as to what happened over the course of that weekend.

Ratner has denied sexual harassment claims made against him by six women, including actress Olivia Munn.

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