Russell Simmons Accused of Sexually Assaulting a Minor

Erica Roy
November 20, 2017

Keri Claussen Khalighi told The LA Times in a Sunday report that she met the duo at a casting call in 1991 when she was 17. At the time, Ratner was still a music video director who was building influence in the industry through his close ties with Simmons. She said they brought her over to Simmons' house to show her a music video they were working on.

On Sunday, Crews tweeted out an email he allegedly received from Simmons that said "Did he ever apologize, give the agent a pass, ask that he be reinstated, with great love all things are possible".

It might go as far as to say that Brett Ratner would have been an accessory to a crime since allegedly, he was in the room when she states she cried out for help only to have her pleas be ignored. Soon after, she took a shower - at which point, she alleges, Simmons came up behind her in the shower and penetrated her without her consent. Simmons said "everything that occurred between Keri and me" was consensual.

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

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.

"I'm really in very scary space if u have time", Simmons texted.

During this disturbing encounter, she claimed that Ratner sat there and watched and did not answer or intervene as she cried for help.

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Simmons released a statement today disputing the story. "I fought it wildly", she said in the article, claiming she eventually relented and performed oral sex on the music mogul while Ratner watched. "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".

"He knew what he had done; I knew what he had done", Khalighi said. Two are anonymous, while the third is from Simmons' former assistant Anthony "Mac" McNair. "Abusing women in any shape or form violates the very core of my being".

Tanya Reid also shared a story about Simmons and Ratner. "This is an important and critical time for the empowerment of women and men who have been harassed".

Ratner and Simmons were investigated for an alleged sexual battery in 2001 in Beverly Hills, California, but prosecutors declined to press charges, Variety reported earlier this month.

Simmons also noted that the pair were together for two days and one night, but mainly in public or with other people present. I'm deeply saddened and truly shocked to learn of Keri's assertions as to what happened over the course of that weekend.

Ratner has been accused of sexual assault by six women this year, which caused him to remove himself from producing the Wonder Woman sequel.

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