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

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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. Ratner confirmed the basis of their friendship in an Introduction to Def Jam, Inc.: Russell Simmons, Rick Rubin, and the Extraordinary Story of the World's Most Influential Hip-Hop Label.

Keri Claussen Khalighi, now 43, told the Los Angeles Times that the alleged incident took place at Simmons' apartment in NY in 1991.

Keri Claussen Khalighi told LA Times she was just 17 when Simmons assaulted her while his friend, filmmaker Brett Ratner, watched.

Feeling "disgusting", Khalighi hopped into a shower, where she says Simmons popped in beside her and penetrated her without her consent, forcing her to turn away quickly, signaling for the recording mogul to leave. In a statement to the LA Times, Simmons denied the allegations: "Everything that occurred between Keri and me occurred with her full consent and participation".

Simmons denied the allegation in a statement posted to Twitter and said that anything that occurred between the two of them was consensual. Through his attorney, Ratner claimed to the Times that he had "no recollection" of Khalighi protesting or seeking help.

"I'm really in very scary space if u have time", Simmons texted.

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. She alleges that Simmons raped her during a weekend in 1991.

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"It hurt so much", she said. One is named, former Rush assistant Anthony "Mac" McNair. Simmons said he didn't remember the phone call. "Abusing women in any shape or form violates the very core of my being".

The incident allegedly occurred in NY in 1991, after the then-17-year-old had dinner with Simmons.

The report notes that the Beverly Hills Police Department initiated an investigation into possible sexual battery involving a 29 year-old, with both Simmons and Brett Ratner cited as suspects.

Ratner, who is already facing several allegations of sexual assault and harassment, also denied the claims. "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".

Simmons and Ratner are also accused of sexually assaulting two more women, one in 1994 and another in 2001. I'm deeply saddened and truly shocked to learn of Keri's assertions as to what happened over the course of that weekend.

Ratner, meanwhile, via his attorney Martin Singer, has disputed the accounts of sexual misconduct he's faced from at least 10 other women.

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