Simmons responses are quite disturbing…
Reports are now surfacing that Brett Ratner and Russell Simmons were being investigated for sexual battery back in 2001, and now a new accuser is coming forward.
According to the L.A. Times, Russell Simmons allegedly sexual assaulted model Keri Claussen Khaligi back when she was under age. Khaligi alleges that Simmons “yanked off her clothes” when she was 17 and his buddy Brett Ratner watched the whole thing. She also told the publication that she begged Ratner for help, but he ignored her and she was later raped by Simmons in the shower.
Via The L.A. Times:
“Ratner was an up-and-coming music video director and a protege of Simmons, the Def Jam Recordings mogul. They took Khalighi to dinner one night in 1991 at Mr. Chow in New York, and then back to Simmons’ apartment to show her a music video they’d been working on. Quickly, Simmons began making aggressive sexual advances, yanking off her clothes, Khalighi said. “I looked over at Brett and said ‘help me’ and I’ll never forget the look on his face,” she recalled. “In that moment, the realization fell on me that they were in it together.” Khalighi said that Simmons, who was then about twice her age, tried to force her to have intercourse. “I fought it wildly,” she said. He eventually relented and coerced her to perform oral sex, she alleged. “I guess I just acquiesced.” Ratner, meanwhile, “just sat there and watched,” she said. Feeling “disgusting,” Khalighi said she went to take a shower.
Minutes later, she alleged, Simmons walked up behind her in the shower and briefly penetrated her without her consent. She said she jerked away, then he left. “It hurt so much.”
Simmons response strongly questions the incident and claims that if something did happen everything that occurred between them was with “full consent and participation.”
So is he admitting (but not admitting) that he had sex with a 17-year-old??
He’s also disputes the claims of another woman, Tanya Reid, who accused Ratner and Simmons harassed her while she worked at a South Beach hotel.
The Times reported that Simmons called the front desk and told her that he wanted Ratner to “hold her down” so he could perform oral sex on her.
“I mean no disrespect to her when I say I do not recall a conversation with a hotel front desk clerk over a quarter of a century ago.”
Simmons formal statement:
Statement of Russell Simmons in Response to LA Times Article. pic.twitter.com/iwT7Wy3SoY
— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) November 19, 2017
His boy Ratner of course denies all accounts.
Did Russell basically pull a Kevin Casey?!
What’s your 2 cents?!