Russell Simmons‘ accuser continues to speak out.
As we reported earlier this week, the Los Angeles Times published a bombshell article in which former model Keri Claussen Khalighi alleged Simmons assaulted her when she was 17 years old in 1991. Khalighi claimed that she went out for dinner with Simmons and fellow accused assaulter Brett Ratner. The three allegedly returned to Simmons’ apartment where the rap mogul attempted to force her to have sex with him, but eventually gave up and pressured her into oral sex. Later, she said Simmons assaulted her again while she was taking a shower.
On Wednesday, the former model — who is expecting her third daughter — appeared on Megyn Kelly TODAY to discuss the incident in detail.
She also revealed that the music vet has apologized for what went down that night, although he’s saying something different publicly.
“Russell and I have actually had a face-to-face confrontation about what happened, we’ve had phone conversations where there was no dispute about what we were taking about, and he actually apologized … Part of what’s so confusing and re-traumatizing is that what he’s speaking about privately with me is completely different from what’s come out publicly. That’s the piece that’s been, quite honestly, repugnant with hypocrisy and the lies and the denial.”
As for why she’s speaking out now, the mom said:
“If I can use my experience to further this conversation and facilitate change. I am bound and determined to make this environment safer for my daughters and the sons and daughters of future generations.”
Watch the full powerful interview (below):
[Image via NBC.]