Russell Simmons accused of Sexually Assaulting Model when she was 17

Calvin Saunders
Ноября 20, 2017

That is when Simmons began to make aggressive sexual advances on the girl such as ripping off her clothes.

"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". She said in the article Ratner "just sat there and watched". She alleged that Simmons also later penetrated her against her will while she was taking a shower.

"I guess I just acquiesced", she told LA Times.

She states the pair invited her to Simmons' home to show her part of a clip they had been working on. "It hurt so much".

The Times - which first reported that six women, including Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge, claim that Ratner sexually harassed and assaulted them - reported on new claims against Ratner and revealed that longtime friend Russell Simmons allegedly engaged in inappropriate behavior with the director and producer.

Simmons denied the allegations in a Facebook post on Sunday morning, and Ratner's lawyer told the L.A. Times in a statement that he had "no recollection" of Khaligi asking him for help or protesting during the incident.

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As the Times notes, Ratner, who directed, produced or financed several successful films including Rush Hour and The Revenant, has recently faced a slew of accusations of sexual misconduct from four other women.

"They are publicly denying these allegations, which implies that the women who come forward are liars", Khalighi added to the newspaper.

Ratner and Simmons were investigated in 2001 for an alleged sexual battery in 2001 by Beverly Hills, Calif. police, but no charges were brought. The unidentified accuser said that two men held her against her will and touched her unlawfully. 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". "Abusing women in any way, shape or form violates the very core of my being".

The description of the alleged attack has sparked varied reactions on social media. Khalighi said she didn't see anyone but Ratner and Simmons at Simmons' apartment and didn't recall being there the next day.

A third witness statement was submitted by Simmons to the Times wherein the witness' name was redacted also indicated that "at no time during the time that I spent with Russell and Keri that Saturday did I observe Keri appearing to be in distress or doing anything that appeared to be against her own free will".

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