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A Model Accused Russell Simmons Of Sexually Assaulting Her At 17, And Says His Friend Brett Ratner Watched

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Russell Simmons is being accused of sexual assaulting a model when she was 17-years-old, forcing sex on her while his friend Brett Ratner watched.  He's now giving his side.  Get the full story inside...

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Well this is a doozy.  A model named Keri Claussen Khalighi says music mogul Russell Simmons forced sex on her in 1991 when she was a 17-year-old up and coming model. 

According to the Nebraska native, it all happened in New York after a night out with both Russell and Brett, a now powerful producer, who were known (and still are) for wining and dining models.

The L.A. Times reports:

Ratner was an up-and-coming music video director and a protege of Simmons, the Def Jam Recordings mogul. They took Khalighi to dinner one night in 1991 at Mr. Chow in New York, and then back to Simmons’ apartment to show her a music video they’d been working on.

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.”

She says after Russell aggressively forced himself on her, she eventually gave in to his oral sex demands.

“I fought it wildly,” she said. He eventually relented and coerced her to perform oral sex, she alleged. “I guess I just acquiesced.”

Ratner, meanwhile, “just sat there and watched,” she said.

 

It apparently didn't end there.  Keri revealed she immediately went to take a shower, and says Russell entered her shower and briefly penetrated her.

Feeling “disgusting,” Khalighi said she went to take a shower. Minutes later, she alleged, Simmons walked up behind her in the shower and briefly penetrated her without her consent. She said she jerked away, then he left. “It hurt so much.”

 

In his statement, Russell admits to sex occurring with Keri, but says it was consensual.

“I know Keri Claussen Khalighi and remember the weekend in 1991 that she has referenced.  Everything that happened between us 26 years ago was completely consensual and with Keri’s full participation. Let me be crystal clear and very direct. Abusing women in any way shape or form violates the very core of my being. I have always spoken out regarding my life experiences, women’s issues and the need to bring a faster and more decisive shift in the collective consciousness that will help bring about true women’s equality.”

Russell says Keri wined and dined with him and stayed at his apartment while he wsn't there, all after the incident. And he says he provided three witness accounts that were never used in the article.

 

Brett, per his attorney Marty Singer, says he has no recollection of her ever protesting Russell's advances or her asking Brett himself for help.

This is not the first time either men have been accused of sexual assault.  Earlier this month, several women came forward, including Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge, accusing Brett of sexual misconduct.

Both Brett and Russell were investigated in 2001 by Beverly Hills PD for an alleged sexual battery that happened that year, but no charges were brought.

 

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