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Russell Simmons Accused Of Working With Brett Ratner To Commit Alleged Violent Sexual Assault

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A bombshell new report out today in the Los Angeles Times accuses Russell Simmons of teaming up with his longtime friend Brett Ratner to engage in alleged sexual harassment and assault of multiple women.

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.

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One woman, named Keri Claussen Khalighi, has come forward with a story that when she was 17 years old and working as a fashion model, she had dinner one night in 1991 with Simmons and Ratner after a casting call.

After dinner, the pair took Khalighi to Simmons' apartment to show her a music video they had been working on, but once they got there, Simmons and Ratner began getting extremely sexually aggressive — and, the model alleges, Simmons ripped off her clothes as Ratner watched.

Khalighi said (below):

"I looked over at Brett and said ‘help me' and I'll never forget the look on his face. In that moment, the realization fell on me that they were in it together."

Wow.

After she fought of Simmons from trying to have sex with her, she eventually was forced to perform oral sex on him.

Later, while showering off to clean herself up, Simmons allegedly walked up behind her and penetrated her without consent, forcing her to jerk away in excruciating pain.

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Khalighi actually saw Simmons in WeHo last year, and he approached her and delivered what she called "a really touching, remorseful apology" for his behavior… but Simmons' attorneys are out to smear the then-17-year-old model, now alleging that apology was in the "context for the embarrassment and upheaval the weekend caused her" because of her supposed "infidelity."

Absolutely shameful, pitiful, and pathetic by Simmons' attorneys.

Khalighi also included another important little tidbit: after the Times' first bombshell story about Ratner came out — he's being accused of sexual misconduct by nearly a dozen other women now, as well — the model reached out to Simmons in a 27-minute phone call independently verified by the newspaper to tell him she was going to go public.

She said Simmons never denied any of her claims during the call, only opting to apologize and mention that he's the father of two daughters… as if that makes things better.

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Khalighi said:

"They are publicly denying these allegations, which implies that the women who come forward are liars. 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."

Time for the truth, indeed.

It sounds pretty fuckin' shitty, and completely wrong and indefensible what Russell Simmons and Brett Ratner are alleged to have done to this woman — PERIOD!

[Image via WENN.]

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