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Russell Simmons' Accuser Tells Megyn Kelly 'He Actually Apologized'

Russell Simmons' Accuser Tells Megyn Kelly 'He Actually Apologized'”

As previously reported, former model Keri Claussen Khalighi came forward to detail an incident taking place in 1991, during which she claims Simmons, who would've been 34 at the time, sexually assaulted her when she was 17 in his apartment while director Brett Ratner sat and watched. "And that's the piece that's been really, really, really upsetting, disappointing and quite honestly, just repugnant with the hypocrisy with the lies and the denial".

When asked if she blamed and shamed herself, Khalighi said "absolutely", adding, "There's a lot of guilt and shame involved in what happened".

His statement to the Times said that "everything that happened between us 26 years ago was completely consensual and with Keri's full participation".

"This is not what I want to be doing right now", noted accuser Keri Claussen Khalighi, who appeared remotely from Los Angeles, where she is expecting her third child on Monday. She met Simmons and Ratner during a casting call for a music video that they had been working on.

"After the oral sex part of the story", she recalled, "I stayed".

Simmons allegedly initially forced her into intimate situations before she eventually relented after she realized that Ratner would not help her. "In that moment, the realization fell on me that they were in it together".

Khalighi told Megyn Kelly that she engaged in multiple conversations with Simmons about the assault.

"Message Russell Simmons sent to me regarding my sexual assault case against Adam Venit of WME", Crews tweeted, before including Simmons' Twitter handle. 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. "There was no help that was gonna come".

"I completely and unequivocally deny the horrendous allegations of non-consensual sex against me with every fiber of my being. We were both talking about what happened on that night and he actually apologized".

"I'm coming out now because I really, really think this is such an important empowerment revolution", she said.

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Khalighi said she reached out to Simmons after the Times posted its November 1 story about Ratner and said she was considering telling her story.

Simmons has not commented publicly on Khalighi's appearance on "Megyn Kelly Today", and a request for comment from his attorneys was not immediately returned.

She continued, "If I can use my experience to further this conversation or facilitate change in any way, I am bound and determined to make this environment better and safer for my daughters and future generations..."



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