Russell Simmons 'Truly Shocked' by Sexual Assault Allegations

Posted November 20, 2017

Khalighi claimed she accompanied Simmons and Ratner to the apartment to ostensibly watch a music video they had co-produced.

That is when Simmons began to make aggressive sexual advances on the girl such as ripping off her clothes.

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

Simmons strongly disputed Khalighi's account in a statement claiming, "Everything that occurred between Keri and me occurred with her full consent and participation".

Khalighi claims she then went to take a shower but Simmons allegedly followed her and briefly penetrated her in the shower without her consent.

"I guess I just acquiesced", she told LA Times.

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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. Ratner said he had "no recollection" of Khalighi asking him for help and has denied seeing her "protest", his attorney Martin Singer said.

"I'm really in very scary space if u have time", Simmons texted. Simmons apologized a year ago while Ratner apologized 15 years ago. "Abusing women in any way, shape or form violates the very core of my being".

The hip-hop mogul released a statement saying that everything that happened that weekend was consensual and that he's "deeply saddened and truly shocked" by these allegations. While Ratner, who is also accused of sexual assault by several women, said he doesn't recollect hearing Khalighi's call for help, Simmons claims whatever happened between him and the model was consensual.

A third witness statement was submitted by Simmons to the Times wherein the witness' name was redacted also indicated that "at no time during the time that I spent with Russell and Keri that Saturday did I observe Keri appearing to be in distress or doing anything that appeared to be against her own free will".

Simmons has fired back at the allegations and denies any wrongdoing. "It hurt so much", she told LATimes.

In the wake of the burgeoning Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal, Crews revealed last month that a "high level Hollywood executive ... groped my privates" at an industry event. 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.