Oprah Winfrey cut her affiliation with the upcoming doc on Russell Simmons’ sexual assault accusers, but Auntie O says that her decision isn’t a “victory” for Russ.
Winfrey told CBS This Morning this past Tuesday, “This is not a victory for Russell,” while out on her new health and wellness tour.
“I unequivocally say that I did not pull out because of Russell. This is not a victory lap for him. I cannot be silenced by a Russell Simmons after all I’ve been through.”
Simmons is still denying all allegations of sexual assault by the way.
Although Winfrey believes that all the accuser’s deserve to be heard, she had to make the very “hard decision” to quit her role as executive producer of the film after new “information” surfaced. Winfrey went to the filmmakers about her concerns and asked for the film be pulled from the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.
“I had said to them, ‘Houston, I think we have a problem here’ because new information had come forward.”
Because filmmakers choose not to pull the film, which is set to premiere at the festival this weekend, Winfrey decided to removed herself from the production team.
“You have the right to change your mind and make changes. What this has taught me is, don’t put your name on anything that you do not have creative control over.”
Check out the full interview below.
After she received backlash over interviewing the Michael Jackson accusers recently she is not taking any more chances!
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