Russell Simmons Accused of Sexually Assaulting a Minor

Ruben Ruiz
November 20, 2017

"I know Keri Claussen Khalighi and remember the weekend in 1991 that she has referenced", Simmons said in a statement. Ratner confirmed the basis of their friendship in an Introduction to Def Jam, Inc.: Russell Simmons, Rick Rubin, and the Extraordinary Story of the World's Most Influential Hip-Hop Label.

Narrating how the incident unfolded, Khalighi said the record boss' friends brought her back to his apartment to show her a music video they were working.

Khalighi alleged that she turned to Ratner for assistance.

Khalighi states that while she took a shower after the incident, Simmons approached her from behind and penetrated her. When she asked Ratner for help, it became apparent that the two men were "in it together", she said. Ratner said he had "no recollection" of Khalighi asking him for help and has denied seeing her "protest", his attorney Martin Singer said. Let me be crystal clear and very direct. Simmons, in his Facebook post on Sunday morning, wrote in relation to Reid's allegations, "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". She jerked away and then he left, she says, saying of the experience, "it hurt so much".

Simmons attempted forcing her to have intercourse, Khalighi said, but after fighting wildly, he relented and coerced her to perform oral sex. "I was horrified, because she's a good, dear person".

Khalighi said that she saw Simmons at the Soho House in West Hollywood previous year, where he approached her and delivered a "really touching, remorseful apology" for his behavior.

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Simmons' attorney Brad D. Rose acknowledged Simmons apologised for their interaction in 1991, but only because it constituted what Simmons describes as an embarrassing episode of infidelity.

Crews said the man, who he named as WME agent Adam Venit earlier this month, had called him the next day to apologise, "but never really explained why he did what he did".

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.

Ratner and Simmons were investigated in 2001 for an alleged sexual battery in 2001 by Beverly Hills, Calif. police, but no charges were brought. I have been a public figure for all of my adult life.

Over the weekend, Terry Crews tweeted out an email that he allegedly received from Russell Simmons that asked the actor to drop the case all together.

Ratner has denied sexual harassment claims made against him by six women, including actress Olivia Munn.

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