Russell Simmons accused of Sexually Assaulting Model when she was 17

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The allegations by Khalighi surfaced in the article published by the Los Angeles Times Sunday in which Khalighi says she had gone to dinner with Simmons and Brett Ratner in NY back in 1991.

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. "And I'll never forget the look on his face, in that moment, the realization fell on me that they were in it together". She gave him her number and soon after he went to her nearby apartment, where she alleges he forced her to perform oral sex. Simmons joined her in the shower and briefly penetrated her before she managed to fend him off. It was there Simmons forcefully tried to remove her clothes, Kalighi said. In his statement below, he says he remembers the weekend 26 years ago and remembers Keri giving consent. She recoiled, and Simmons left.

Simmons, 60, has disputed her account of that night. Simmons vehemently denied the claim.

"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 wrote.

At present, seven women, including Olivia Munn, Ellen Page, and Natasha Henstridge have accused Brett Ratner of sexual misconduct. Ratner said he had "no recollection" of Khalighi asking him for help and has denied seeing her "protest", his attorney Martin Singer said.

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Ratner, meanwhile, "just sat there and watched", she said.
Two are anonymous, while the third is from Simmons' former assistant Anthony "Mac" McNair.

The LA Times piece cites an accusation by Keri Claussen Khalighi, a struggling model in the early 1990s. The charges include an allegation of attempted rape against a 17 year-old, as first published by the Los Angeles Times on Sunday morning. The L.A. Times confirms phone records that the two parties spoke for 27 minutes.

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.

Khalighi, now 43, told the Times that now is simply the time for the truth to come out. "He said he was young and stupid and blinded by Russell's sway over him". "This is an important and critical time for the empowerment of women and men who have been harassed". "So I'm coming out because what I've experienced privately is not matching what they are saying publicly and hypocrisy to me is repugnant and it's time for the truth to come out".

Russell Simmons and Brett Ratner at the 2013 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Sunset Tower.

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