Russell Simmons & Brett Ratner Accused Of Sexual Misconduct Against 17 YO

Russell Simmons Accused of Assaulting Teenage Model as Brett Ratner Watched

Recording mogul Russell Simmons is accused of 'forcing himself on a 17-year-old model in 1991 while Brett Ratner watched and did nothing'

Keri Claussen Khalighi told the Los Angeles Times that when she was a 17-year-old model in 1991, she met the pair at a casting call.

The Times - which first reported that six women, including Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge, claim that Ratner sexually harassed and assaulted them - reported on new claims against Ratner and revealed that longtime friend Russell Simmons allegedly engaged in inappropriate behavior with the director and producer.

Khalighi alleges that she was invited back to Simmons' apartment to view a video he and Ratner had been working on.

The report also states that Khalighi provided records of text messages between she and Simmons that were exchanged after the recent allegations about Ratner surfaced in the press. That's where, she said, Simmons began pulling off her clothes and making sexually aggressive advances.

Khalighi states that while she took a shower after the incident, Simmons approached her from behind and penetrated her. "Everything that occurred between Keri and me occurred with her full consent and participation", Simmons stated.

"I completely and unequivocally deny the horrendous allegations of non-consensual sex against me with every fiber of my being", the statement read.

Separately, Brett Ratner's attorney said his client has "no recollection" of the incident or any "protest" as described. "It hurt so much", she told LATimes. "I was horrified, because she's a good, dear person". "The trio initially dined together at Mr. Chow in NY before going to Simmons" apartment, according to the account. In his statement below, he says he remembers the weekend 26 years ago and remembers Keri giving consent.

She told the Times that about a year ago she saw Simmons in West Hollywood where he "poured his heart out in a really touching, remorseful apology" and offered his telephone number. Two are anonymous, while the third is from Simmons' former assistant Anthony "Mac" McNair. Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, and Louis C.K. are just some of the very public figures who have been named in these allegations.

Simmons vehemently disputed the account in a statement released in response to the article.

In his 2007 book, Do You!: 12 Laws To Access The Power In You To Achieve Happiness And Success, Simmons wrote about meeting Brett Ratner in 1987. I'm deeply saddened and truly shocked to learn of Keri's assertions as to what happened over the course of that weekend.

As the Times notes, Ratner, who directed, produced or financed several successful films including Rush Hour and The Revenant, has recently faced a slew of accusations of sexual misconduct from four other women.

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