"I know Keri Claussen Khalighi and remember the weekend in 1991 that she has referenced".
Music mogul Russell Simmons is responding to new assault accusations detailed by the Los Angeles Times, against him and filmmaker Brett Ratner. After dinner, the pair reportedly invited Khalighi back to Simmons's apartment to show her a music video they had been working on. Soon after, she took a shower - at which point, she alleges, Simmons came up behind her in the shower and penetrated her without her consent.
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 almost 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.
It's important to remember that Khalighi was 17-years-old at the time of the alleged incident, therefore she legally could not consent to a sexual encounter with a man that old as Russell Simmons would have been approximately 46-years-old in 1991.
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Ratner's attorney, Martin Singer, said that the producer had "no recollection" of Khalighi asking him for help and also denied seeing her "protest". Russell Simmons is now facing sexually assault allegations along with his buddy movie and music video director Brett Ratner. She says Simmons called her while she was working at the front desk of a hotel. He coerced her to perform oral sex, though, she said, and she "acquiesced". In 2001, a woman told Beverly Hills police that she had been held against her will at Ratner's mansion "by two males who both unlawfully touched her". I completely and unequivocally deny the horrendous allegations of non-consensual sex against me with every fiber of my being. "It hurt so much", she said. Times. Reid was 18 at the time of the incident.
Simmons' statement does not appear to dispute that Khalighi was 17 at the time. McNair, who couldn't be reached by The Times, also said the group went to a nightclub later that evening and that he saw her at Simmons' house the next day. The director's attorney also denied the claim in a statement to the paper. In Simmons' statement, he addresses the phone call allegation: "I mean no disrespect to her when I say I do not recall a conversation with a hotel front desk clerk over a quarter of a century ago".
Ratner had been publicly accused of assault by six women, including actress Olivia Munn, and is now under investigation for four allegations of sexual assault by the LAPD, as the LA Times first reported earlier this month. She said she eventually gave in and that Ratner left immediately after. "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".