Russell Simmons Allegedly Sexually Assaulted 17-Year-Old as Brett Ratner Watched

Posted November 20, 2017

After the dinner, she claims she went back to an apartment with Simmons and Ratner and was assaulted by the Def Jam co-founder, who tried to force her to have intercourse.

Now the actor has shared a screenshot of an email that appears to be from Russell Simmons on his Twitter page.

"Everything that occurred between Keri and me occurred with her full consent and participation", he told the paper. Simmons then allegedly coerced her into oral sex while Ratner watched.

It might go as far as to say that Brett Ratner would have been an accessory to a crime since allegedly, he was in the room when she states she cried out for help only to have her pleas be ignored.

He added: "Let me be crystal clear and very direct". 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.

Khalighi also saw Ratner 15 years after the incident in L.A. where he, too, apologized for the 1991 evening, she said.

"He knew what he had done; I knew what he had done", Khalighi said. Ratner's attorney Martin Singer said that Ratner had "no recollection" of Khalighi asking for help, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In his statement below, he says he remembers the weekend 26 years ago and remembers Keri giving consent. Abusing women in any way shape or form violates the very core of my being. Simmons' attorney provided two anonymous statements claiming that Khalighi didn't show signs of distress that weekend.

Variety reported earlier last week that Ratner and Simmons had been investigated in 2001 by the Beverly Hills Police Department for alleged sexual battery in a case not related to Khalighi's.

Khalighi said she reached out to Simmons after the Times posted its November 1 story about Ratner and said she was considering telling her story. "So I'm coming out because what I've experienced privately is not matching what they are saying publicly and hypocrisy to me is repugnant and it's time for the truth to come out".

This article discusses sexual assault & harassment.

Meanwhile, hours after Khalighi's story surfaced, actor Terry Crews who was sexually assaulted by an Hollywood agent in the presence of his wife called out Simmons for telling him to forgive his abuser. "After he hung around a bit and figured out that I liked models, then he made it his business to take me to every model's apartment he could find". At the time, Ratner was still a music video director who was building influence in the industry through his close ties with Simmons. Simmons later referred to the director of Rush Hour and Horrible Bosses as "my son" in a Vanity Fair profile.

Ratner has recently been dogged by allegations of sexual misconduct by at least six women, including actress Olivia Munn. This month, Ratner's relationship with Warner Bros. was severed as he is under internal investigation.