Russell Simmons accused of sexually assaulting teen model in 90s

Brett Ratner and Russell Simmons have been accused of working together to sexually assault an underage model

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. Once they got there, Khalighi says that Simmons made aggressive sexual advances and then began pulling her clothes off. 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.

She fought off the attempt at sexual intercourse, but Simmons coerced her into oral sex. "Minutes later, she alleged, Simmons walked up behind her in the shower and briefly penetrated her without her consent".

The Hollywood Reporter says Venit has been placed on a leave-of-absence by WME following the claims.

"I guess I just acquiesced", she said".

Simmons, 60, has disputed her account of that night. She described "wildly" fighting off Simmons with no success. "Let me be crystal clear and very direct. Abusing women in any way shape or form violates the very core of my being", Simmons wrote.

Ratner's attorney told the newspaper he did not remember Reid or the incident.

Khalighi claims she's run into Simmons on multiple occasions since then, and he's been remorseful about the incident - which he also denies.

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. McNair, who couldn't be reached by The Times, also said the group went to a nightclub later that evening and that he saw her at Simmons' house the next day. "With great love, all things are possible". Simmons has responded to allegations, which were reported in the Los Angeles Times, in a Facebook post.

They also spoke on the phone after allegations of Ratner's alleged misconduct surfaced on November 1. The unidentified accuser said that two men held her against her will and touched her unlawfully. "Everything that occurred between us 26 years ago was completely consensual and with Keri's full participation".

"He listened and he un-defensively acknowledged the truth of what had happened", Khalighi told the Times.

"He [Ratner] said he was young and stupid and blinded by Russell's sway over him", she recalled.

"They are publicly denying these allegations, which implies that the women who come forward are liars", Khalighi told the Times.

Ratner also stands accused of sexual misconduct by many Hollywood figures including Olivia Munn and Natasha Hendridge.

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