Russell Simmons 'Truly Shocked' by Sexual Assault Allegations

Emmett Rice
November 20, 2017

Simmons vehemently disputed the account in a statement released in response to the article.

After dinner, the pair took Khalighi to Simmons' apartment to show her a music video they had been working on, but once they got there, Simmons and Ratner began getting extremely sexually aggressive - and, the model alleges, Simmons ripped off her clothes as Ratner watched.

"I looked over at Brett and said "help me" and I'll never forget the look on his face", she recounted.

'In that moment, the realization fell on me that they were in it together'.

Khalighi said that Simmons tried to force her to have intercourse with him and that she "fought wildly" until he relented and pressured her into oral sex.

But that was not the end of the alleged ordeal. After which she went to the shower where Simmons allegedly followed her then penetrated her without her consent. She forced him to leave. "It hurt so much", she told LATimes.

Simmons and Ratner have faced multiple accusations of alleged misconduct, including a 2001 incident when a woman told police in Beverly Hills that she was held against her will at Ratner's home "by two males who both unlawfully touched her", Lt. Elisabeth Albanese told the L.A. Times.

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It's important to remember that Khalighi was 17-years-old at the time of the alleged incident, therefore she legally could not consent to a sexual encounter with a man that old as Russell Simmons would have been approximately 46-years-old in 1991. Simmons vehemently denied the claim.

Another woman, Tanya Reid, told the Times that Ratner assaulted her in 1994, when she was an 18-year-old aspiring model.

And what do folks think of the Russell Simmons scandal? "Everything that happened between us 26 years ago was completely consensual and with Keri's full participation". Ratner says he has "no recollection" of Khalighi pleading for help or seeing her "protest", his lawyer, Martin Singer said to the newspaper.

"I completely and unequivocally deny the horrendous allegations of non-consensual sex against me with every fiber of my being", the statement read.

"I'm really in very scary space if u have time", Simmons texted. "Abusing women in any way shape or form violates the very core of my being", Simmons added. I have always spoken out regarding my life experiences, women's issues and the need to bring a faster and more decisive shift in the collective consciousness that will help bring about true women's equality.

A second witness statement submitted by a then-assistant to Simmons' said that Anthony "Mac" McNair "did not notice any visible signs of distress or that anything improper had occurred" on the date in question. I mean no disrespect to her at all when I say I honestly do not recall my telephone conversation with a hotel front desk clerk from over a quarter-century ago.

Ratner stands accused of varying degrees of predatory behavior by several actresses, including Natasha Henstridge, Jaime Ray Newman, Ellen Page, Katharine Towne, and Olivia Munn.

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