Model accuses Russell Simmons and Brett Ratner of sexual misconduct

Model accuses Russell Simmons and Brett Ratner of sexual misconduct

The allegations against Brett Ratner just took another disturbing twist as model Keri Claussen Khalighi told the Los Angeles Times that when she was 17-years-old, in 1991, Russell Simmons ripped off her clothes and then assaulted her while Brett Ratner stood by, watched, and did nothing. In a statement to Variety, Simmons denied that the incident the woman described occurred, stating that when in a position of power, "you are vulnerable and susceptible to claims that are untrue". He says everything that occurred between himself and Khalighi was completely consensual. Much of the two days and one night he spent with her, he said, was in public and with other people.

"I'm really in very scary space if u have time", Simmons texted. 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 men took the young woman to dinner in 1991 in NY and then back to Simmons' apartment to show her something they had been working on. She said she "acquiesced" to performing oral sex on Simmons, who was more than twice her age, and that the powerful hip hop producer later penetrated her without her consent while she showered.

"I'm deeply saddened and truly shocked to learn of Keri's assertions as to what happened over the course of that weekend", Simmons continued.

"I looked over at Brett and said "help me" and I'll never forget the look on his face", she said.

The Times' report out today revealed that it wasn't just Ratner who was allegedly sexually assaulting and harassing women, as were the allegations we'd known about for some time now - but his friend, music mogul Simmons was also involved. She gave him her number and soon after he went to her nearby apartment, where she alleges he forced her to perform oral sex.

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"He knew what he had done; I knew what he had done", she said.

They also spoke on the phone after allegations of Ratner's alleged misconduct surfaced on November 1.

While Russell Simmons remembers the encounter but says it was consensual, Brett Ratner says he doesn't remember Khalighi asking for help.

Khalighi added that she also reached out to Simmons the day the Times published a story about Ratner's alleged misconduct, telling him that she was thinking about coming forward with her story. He tried to force her to have sex. She claims she asked Ratner for help, but he did not respond. Feeling "disgusting", Khalighi said she went to take a shower. Ratner said he now has "no recollection" of the conversation, according to the Times.

Khalighi also said she discussed the 1991 run-in with Ratner when she saw him one night in L.A. 15 years ago.

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