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Russell Simmons accused of Sexually Assaulting Model when she was 17



Russell Simmons accused of Sexually Assaulting Model when she was 17 - BellaNaija

Russell Simmons (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Music mogul Russell Simmons has been accused of sexually assaulting a model when she was just 17, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Keri Claussen Khalighi told LA Times she was just 17 when Simmons assaulted her while his friend, filmmaker Brett Ratner, watched.

She met the 2 of them in 1991 at a casting call, she said, and from a dinner they proceeded to Simmons’ apartment to show her a music video they’d been working on.

Simmons got agressive, she said, yanking her clothes off and forcing her to perform oral sex on him.

Khalighi told the LA Times she begged Ratner for help but he just watched. She said:

I looked over at Brett and said ‘help me’ and I’ll never forget the look on his face. In that moment, the realization fell on me that they were in it together.

Simmons attempted forcing her to have intercourse, Khalighi said, but after fighting wildly, he relented and coerced her to perform oral sex.

“I guess I just acquiesced,” she told LA Times.

Khalighi said she was feeling “disgusting” and she decided to have a shower. There, Simmons came to meet her, she alleged, and briefly penetrated her anally before she fought him off. “It hurt so much,” she told LATimes.

Ratner, who had previously been accused of sexual misconduct by 6 women, denied Khalighi’s claims, telling LA Times he had “no recollection” of her asking him for help.

He added that he never witnessed her “protest.”

Russell Simmons too, in a statement, said sexual acts carried out between him and Khalighi were consensual.

He also released to The Shade Room witness accounts he said he provided to the LA Times but were not added to their report.

He added that there are discrepancies between the witness statements and the account Khalighi gave to the LA Times.

Read his statement and see the witness statements below:

As a long-time social activist, I have applauded the strength of the brave men and women who have spoken out over the past month and made their voices heard regarding sexual assault and harassment. I am a supporter of the #MeToo campaign and the victims who were previously terrified to stand up and speak out against sexual misconduct. I completely and unequivocally deny the horrendous allegations of non-consensual sex against me with every fiber of my being.

I know Keri Claussen Khalighi and remember the weekend in 1991 that she has referenced. Everything that happened between us 26 years ago was completely consensual and with Keri’s full participation. We spent time in my apartment over a period of two days and one night, as well as at some public places including Nell’s Nightclub. Much of the time we were in the presence of other acquaintances. I’m deeply saddened and truly shocked to learn of Keri’s assertions as to what happened over the course of that weekend.

Let me be crystal clear and very direct. Abusing women in any way shape or form violates the very core of my being. 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. More than anything, I want my daughters to live in a more equal world and a world where they will not become victims of sexual harassment.

The LA Times article also references an allegation by Ms. Tanya Reid. 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.

Read the full story on LA Times

Photo Credit: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images, The Shade Room


  1. Lilo

    November 19, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    We all know uncle Russ likes them young and what someone needs to Dobid investigate his retreat trips to Thailand cos I’m sure he is a on full on peadophile mode. Gross old man

    • Jide

      November 20, 2017 at 2:46 pm

      You ain’t never lie

  2. Felinda

    November 19, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    late gist – everybody knows he molest young girls under `18 as he did Kimora and finally married and and divorced her, As a reader of a usa urban blog for more than 20 yrs, ,that blog is full of hollywood inside gist with receipts. I knew of this 10 yrs ago. Now as all these stories are coming out, i am waiting for Quincy Jones own to come out. Part of the long time Hollywood pedo ring.

    • Seriously

      November 19, 2017 at 11:53 pm

      Exactly. Russell Simmons met Kimora around that age. it’s always good to revisit it and expose them more.
      Girl, I read somewhere Quincy Jones, Berry Gordon molested M.J. I’m waiting for Clive Davis. Young boys and girls since he’s bisexual. Hollywood is disgusting.
      I read more into Kevin Spacey, he had a sexual rape situation with a 14 yr old boy. So he likes little kids tight bootyhole.
      Rape, pedophilia is demonic straight from hell.

  3. Felinda

    November 20, 2017 at 1:06 am

    Its form of initiation to get in the industry, These are the big dawgs who call shots in hollywood and i doubt this cases will go anywhere. I mean hell, president of USA grabbing pxxxies is still president. They did it to so many kids and still are.

    child stars that come to mind is
    -McCauley Culkin
    -Tevin Campbell (do you see the similarity – its never hard to tell)
    -The Coreys
    etc etc etc
    Michael Jackson – instead of joe and the brothers keeping an eye on lil michael they were taking romps with hoes in different hotel rooms while the other industry grown ups be molesting michael

    Biggest mistake for any parent to trust their kid with these pedo wolfs.

    i am still waiting for Quincy Jones, he has the worse list of them all .but no one worse than Charlie Sheen.

    And all these mofos be talking about Bill Cosby, them white folks are worse, They like kids.
    Let me not start talking about Washington and the pedo rings in the governement. Where you think all them missing kids on Walmart Walls have gone. Gurl let me stop here

    • Californiabawlar

      November 20, 2017 at 1:13 am

      Felinda Felinda! While this is not the best of occasions to meet again, I have to say that I have missed your hot American tea!

    • Sunshiney

      November 20, 2017 at 12:49 pm

      Thank you, that’s exactly what I’ve been saying for so long.
      People need to read between the lines and watch how seemingly normal children end up weird and broken. It’s so sad, but the worse are the parents to practically pimp out their children for fame and/or money.

      All of them were jumping on the Bill Cosby, MJ and R, Kelly bandwagon while doing even worse. Dirty pigs all of them…

  4. Lailatu

    November 20, 2017 at 9:37 am

    Wow… these comments just gave me chills. I guess not all monsters come with horns and claws. Some are seemingly harmless and talented people preaching love. Little wonder a lot of child stars end up being train wrecks. Really heartbreaking.

    • Engoz

      November 21, 2017 at 8:09 am

      I know right. It’s like I’ve been living in an alternate universe. Things are happening o.

  5. Jide

    November 20, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    The king pedophile himself.

  6. concerned9a

    November 20, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    Tevin Campbell. ..that lad I believe was initiated like many young male stars. ..see Miley Cyrus stop selling since she covered up..she just might have saved herself… know the rest…all end up with that souless vacant look..

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