Russell Simmons has vehemently denied claims that he and the creative Brett Ratner molested a teenage girl in 1991.
I completely and unequivocally deny the horrendous allegations of non-consensual sex against me with every fiber of my being.
However, his strong denial has been met with condemnation and confusion from the actor Terry Crews who- after vowing to support victims of sexual abuse following his own experience at a Hollywood party- has claimed Simmons worked hard to stop him from coming forward with his story.
An excerpt from the Los Angeles’ time story on the alleged assault reads….
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 offered this statement in response…
Everything that occurred between Keri and me occurred with her full consent and participation.
Ratner, who is currently under fire after four other women accused him of assaulting them, supported Simmons’ side of the story.
Who isn’t backing them up? Mr. Crews.
Message Russell Simmons sent to me regarding my sexual assault case against Adam Venit of @WME:
— terrycrews (@terrycrews) November 19, 2017
What Crews says Russell was referring to?