Model accuses Russell Simmons and Brett Ratner of sexual misconduct

20 November, 2017, 02:09 | Author: Warren Cooper
  • Russell Simmons and Brett Ratner

Khalighi claims that Ratner and Simmons took her back to Simmons' apartment one night after dinner, where Simmons allegedly made unwanted sexual advances toward her and ripped off her clothing.

"I looked over at Brett and said 'help me,'" Khalighi told the Los Angeles Times.

"I fought it wildly", said Khalighi, who claimed she was eventually coerced into performing oral sex. Ratner says he has "no recollection" of Khalighi pleading for help or seeing her "protest", his lawyer, Martin Singer said to the newspaper. She said, "I guess I just acquiesced" while Ratner "sat there and watched". Two are anonymous, while the third is from Simmons' former assistant Anthony "Mac" McNair. Soon after, she took a shower - at which point, she alleges, Simmons came up behind her in the shower and penetrated her without her consent. "The paper writes, "[McNair] said he saw Khalighi go to Simmons" bedroom "on her own volition and without any coercion or undue influence, '" and mentions a next-day encounter, claiming he "did not notice 'any visible signs of distress or that anything improper had occurred.'" Khalighi maintains that only Simmons and Ratner were present during the private moments of the 1991 weekend. She forced him to leave. In his statement below, he says he remembers the weekend 26 years ago and remembers Keri giving consent.

Ratner has been accused of sexual assault by six women this year, which caused him to remove himself from producing the Wonder Woman sequel.

The famed music executive Simmons insisted his relations with Khalighi were also consensual. The model, Keri Claussen Khalighi, allegedly met Ratner during a casting call.

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Simmons, 60, and Ratner, 48, have both denied the allegations. He called her and they spoke for 27 minutes, phone records reviewed by the Times reveal.

Another woman, Tanya Reid, told the Times that Ratner assaulted her in 1994, when she was an 18-year-old aspiring model. The unidentified accuser said that two men held her against her will and touched her unlawfully. "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".

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

Terry Crews on Sunday posted a screenshot of an email he said was from entrepreneur/producer Russell Simmons, urging the actor to give the target of his sexual-assault allegations a pass. Khalighi did not respond, and moved forward with telling her story to the Times.

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