Russell Simmons saw his legacy crumble beyond repair when a large group of vulnerable women stepped forward to accuse him of sexual assault.
Keen to shed light on his alleged predation? Oprah Winfrey and her partners at Apple TV.
Today, after facing claims that she was highlighting the deeds of black sexual predators and turning a blind eye to their white counterparts, Winfrey has stepped away from the documentary she was producing to lift the lid of Simmons’ alleged dirty deeds.
I can’t believe this man just violated me like I was nothing.
He pushed me on the bed and jumped on top of me, and physically attacked me.
Just two lines pulled from the stories of numerous women and girls who say the Hip-Hop mogul violated their bodies. Today, there are fears that said stories may be buried under the weight of silence now that Winfrey has pulled the plug on the documentary she was creating to give voice to them.
She explained why….
In my opinion, there is more work to be done on the film to illuminate the full scope of what the victims endured and it has become clear that the filmmakers and I are not aligned in that creative vision.
She insists that she believes the women who have accused Simmons of assault and feels that their stories deserve to be heard.
I unequivocally believe and support the women. Their stories deserve to be told and heard.
Simmons denies any wrongdoing.
I vehemently deny all the allegations made against me. They have shocked me to my core as I have never been abusive or violent in any way in my relations with women. I am blessed to have shared extraordinary relationships, whether through work or love, with many great women and I have enormous respect for the women’s movement worldwide and their struggle for respect, dignity, equality and power. I am devastated by any reason I may have given to anyone to say or think of me in the ways that are currently being described.