20 November, 2017
A woman has accused recording mogul Russell Simmons of forcing himself on her when she was a 17-year-old model and claims film producer Brett Ratner allegedly watched and refused to do anything about it. She claimed they took her to dinner and then back to Simmons' apartment to show her a music video.
But Simmons quickly began making aggressive sexual advances and tore off her clothes, Khalighi told the Times.
The woman, Keri Claussen Khalighi, was 17 at the time, and she said met the pair during a casting call. "And I'll never forget the look on his face, in that moment, the realization fell on me that they were in it together".
Khalighi said she succumbed to performing the oral sex after she fought him "wildly" after he tried to force her into having penetrative sex with him.
Simmons also submitted three witness accounts to the Times, one of which was anonymous, and said "at no time while I was in the apartment on both days was anybody in distress or held against his or her free will".
In light of the most recent allegations, Terry Crews presented an email screenshot where Simmons supposedly instructed Crews to give "a pass" to the agent that he says groped him. "I guess I just acquiesced".
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Khalighi claims she's run into Simmons on multiple occasions since then, and he's been remorseful about the incident - which he also denies. Additionally, Simmons issued the following statement to The Hollywood Reporter: "I completely and unequivocally deny the horrendous allegations of non-consensual sex against me with every fiber of my being".
The Times story quoted Ratner's attorney, Marty Singer, as saying his client has "no recollection" of any requests for help by Khalighi.
"I'm really in very scary space if u have time", Simmons texted.
The Hollywood Reporter says Venit has been placed on a leave-of-absence by WME following the claims.
Model Keri Claussen Khalighi detailed to the Los Angeles Times the disturbing assault that happened one night in 1991. "Abusing women in any way shape or form violates the very core of my being", he said. "Everything that occurred between Keri and me occurred with her full consent and participation", he responded to the claims. 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.
"The LA Times article also references an allegation by Ms. Tanya Reid". 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.