Russell Simmons to Terry Crews: Give your sexual assaulter 'a pass'

Keri Claussen Khalighi told The Los Angeles Times she met Ratner and Simmons at a casting call and the men would take her out to dinner one night in 1991 and then back to Simmon's NY apartment to show her a music video they'd been working on, the newspaper reported. Khalighi, a native of Nebraska, said the duo took her to dinner at Mr. Chow, an upscale Chinese restaurant in New York City, one night and invited her to Simmons' apartment afterward to see a music video they were working on.

Khalighi said that the music mogul began making inappropriate advances toward her, aggressively yanking off her clothes.

Keri Claussen Khalighi told the LA Times the incident happened in 1991 after she met Ratner and Simmons at a casting call in NY. "And I'll never forget the look on his face, in that moment, the realization fell on me that they were in it together". "I fought it wildly", she stated before going to say he then coerced her into performing oral sex.

Russell Simmons is facing new, disturbing allegations of sexual misconduct, after a woman has come forward accusing the famous entrepreneur of sexually assaulting her when she was just 17 years old, while film producer Brett Ratner-with whom Simmons is very close-watched and did nothing.

"I guess I just acquiesced", she told LA Times.

Khalighi said she met Simmons and Ratner at a casting call before accompanying them to dinner one night.


Simmons denied the allegation in a statement posted to Twitter and said that anything that occurred between the two of them was consensual. Ratner said he had "no recollection" of Khalighi asking him for help and has denied seeing her "protest", his attorney Martin Singer said. "Let me be crystal clear and very direct". "It hurt so much", she told LATimes.

"I'm deeply saddened and truly shocked to learn of Keri's assertions as to what happened over the course that weekend", he continued.

Simmons was accused of sexual assault by a model named Keri Claussen Khalighi. I have always spoken out regarding my life experiences, women's issues and the need to bring a faster and more decisive shift in the collective consciousness that will help bring about true women's equality.

A third witness statement was submitted by Simmons to the Times wherein the witness' name was redacted also indicated that "at no time during the time that I spent with Russell and Keri that Saturday did I observe Keri appearing to be in distress or doing anything that appeared to be against her own free will".

The entertainment and political worlds have been rocked by accusations of sexual harassment and assault, following allegations against Tinseltown titan Harvey Weinstein.

"He [Ratner] said he was young and stupid and blinded by Russell's sway over him", she recalled.


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