Russell Simmons Accused of Sexually Assaulting a Minor

Russell Simmons Accused of Assaulting Teenage Model as Brett Ratner Watched

Russell Simmons Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Teen As Brett Ratner Watched

Khalighi said that the music mogul began making inappropriate advances toward her, aggressively yanking off her clothes.

One woman, named Keri Claussen Khalighi, has come forward with a story that when she was 17 years old and working as a fashion model, she had dinner one night in 1991 with Simmons and Ratner after a casting call.

"I looked over at Brett and said, 'Help me, ' and I'll never forget the look on his face", Khalighi old the Times.

Crews recently alleged top agent Adam Venit grabbed his genitals at the bash, and he has filed a sexual assault report with the Los Angeles Police Department, despite the fact Simmons urged him not to.

Simmons, 60, and Ratner, 48, have both denied the allegations.

In the private conversation held in confidence between two men, Simmons said to Crews that perhaps the agent should be forgiven because he apologized.

"He knew what he had done; I knew what he had done", she said. "I want my daughters to live in a more equal world and a world where they will not become victims of sexual harassment".

The Hollywood Reporter says Venit has been placed on a leave-of-absence by WME following the claims.

Russell Simmons & Brett Ratner
Russell Simmons & Brett Ratner

The report also states that Khalighi provided records of text messages between she and Simmons that were exchanged after the recent allegations about Ratner surfaced in the press. She said that she then took a shower, and minutes later, Simmons approached from behind and penetrated her without consent. Once there, she alleges Simmons assaulted her in Ratner's presence, coercing her into oral sex, and then assaulted her again in the shower afterward. She alleges that Ratner "just sat there and watched" while the incident unfolded.

Khalighi told the LA Times she begged Ratner for help but he just watched. "So I'm coming out because what I've experienced privately is not matching what they are saying publicly and hypocrisy to me is repugnant and it's time for the truth to come out".

Simmons released a statement today disputing the story.

"Everything that happened between us 26 years ago was completely consensual and with Keri's full participation", the statement reads in part.

"I have represented Mr. Ratner for two decades, and no woman has ever made a claim against him for sexual misconduct or sexual harassment", Singer said. He went on to detail public outings together with other people present.

"Let me be crystal clear and very direct", he adds.

Ratner has been accused of sexual assault by six women this year, which caused him to remove himself from producing the Wonder Woman sequel. "Abusing women in any shape or form violates the very core of my being".

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