Terry Crews Posts Russell Simmons Email Asking For 'Pass' On Sexual Assault

Carla Harmon
November 19, 2017

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. Khalighi, a native of Nebraska, said the duo took her to dinner at Mr. Chow, an upscale Chinese restaurant in New York City, one night and invited her to Simmons' apartment afterward to see a music video they were working on.

Khaligi told the newspaper Simmons started taking off her clothes and making sexual advances towards her, while Ratner was in the room.

"I looked over at Brett and said, 'Help me, ' and I'll never forget the look on his face", she told the LATimes. "In that moment, the realization fell on me that they were in it together".

She alleges that Simmons then tried to force her to have intercourse, which she fought off until he relented and coerced her into performing oral sex. "I guess I just acquiesced". At this time, she says Ratner "just sat there and watched".

It's important to remember that Khalighi was 17-years-old at the time of the alleged incident, therefore she legally could not consent to a sexual encounter with a man that old as Russell Simmons would have been approximately 46-years-old in 1991.

Khalighi also saw Ratner 15 years after the incident in L.A. where he, too, apologized for the 1991 evening, she said. Much of the two days and one night he spent with her, he said, was in public and with other people.

In his statement, Simmons alleged that much of his time with Khalighi was "in the presence of other acquaintances".

Simmons was accused of sexual assault by a model named Keri Claussen Khalighi.

"He knew what he had done; I knew what he had done", she said. He added, "Let me be crystal clear and very direct".

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. Russell Simmons is now facing sexually assault allegations along with his buddy movie and music video director Brett Ratner. Ratner has denied the charges against him, including the allegations published Sunday, but he has already faced some consequences, as Warner Bros. has severed ties with the filmmaker since the Times' initial report. While at the apartment, Simmons allegedly began forcing himself on the teen while Ratner did nothing to stop it. Representatives for Ratner did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Ratner's attorney defended the now-disgraced Hollywood film producer, who's stepped away from the upcoming "Wonder Woman" sequel, in a lengthy letter to the L.A. Times. The director's attorney also denied the claim in a statement to the paper.

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