Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons is not keeping silent on sexual assault accusations. The hip-hop mogul has come forward to defend his image after getting accused of attacking a model in the early 1990’s.
Simmons went to Instagram Sunday (November 20) to speak out and claim he had consent with model Keri Claussen Khalighi in a 1991 encounter.
Wake up to struggle ❤️ The yogi learns to smile and breathe in every pose. The long weekend in question 26 years ago had many witnesses, the L.A. Times never used some of the their signed written statements that she spent the night, had lunch with, and went to clubs with multiple witnesses and even stayed in my apartment when I wasn’t there, all after alleged incident. I provided 3 witness statements, maybe they could have been used in the article?
According to Keri, the attack happened 26 years ago after Simmons and his celebrity pal Brett Ratner met with her following a dinner outing at the rap executive’s home.
Quickly, Simmons began making aggressive sexual advances, yanking off her clothes, Khalighi said. “I looked over at Brett and said ‘help me’ and I’ll never forget the look on his face,” she recalled. “In that moment, the realization fell on me that they were in it together.” Khalighi said that Simmons, who was then about twice her age, tried to force her to have intercourse. “I fought it wildly,” she said. He eventually relented and coerced her to perform oral sex, she alleged. “I guess I just acquiesced.” (Los Angeles Times)
Hollywood actor Terry Crews has publicly called out Simmons for asking him to fall back on a sexual assault incident.
Message Russell Simmons sent to me regarding my sexual assault case against Adam Venit of @WME:
— terrycrews (@terrycrews) November 19, 2017
Over the past few weeks, multiple high-profile celebrities have been exposed over sexual assault accusations.
The entertainment and political worlds have been rocked by accusations of sexual harassment and assault, following allegations against Tinseltown titan Harvey Weinstein. Since allegations — dozens, spread over decades — emerged against Weinstein, other powerful men such as actor Kevin Spacey, US Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Senate candidate Roy Moore (R-Ala.) have been confronted by accusers. (Page Six)