Model Claims Russell Simmons Sexually Assaulted Her At 17


A woman has accused recording mogul Russell Simmons of forcing himself on her when she was a 17-year-old model and claims film producer Brett Ratner allegedly watched and refused to do anything about it. They took Khalighi to dinner one night in 1991 at Mr. Chow in NY, and then back to Simmons' apartment to show her a music video they'd been working on. When they arrived, Simmons aggressively removed her clothes.

Khalighi claims Simmons tried to force her to have sex but she "fought it wildly" before she eventually "acquiesced" and performed oral sex.

"I'll never forget the look on his face", she told the Times. "In that moment, the realisation fell on me that they were in it together".

Khalighi alleged that she turned to Ratner for assistance.

She also says that while she took a shower afterward, Simmons walked up behind her and briefly penetrated her.

Simmons, 60, has disputed her account of that night.

"It hurt so much", Khalighi recalled.

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Ratner's attorney also denied Khalighi's account of the 1991 incident, saying his client had "no recollection" of being asked to intervene.

In his 2007 book, Do You!: 12 Laws To Access The Power In You To Achieve Happiness And Success, Simmons wrote about meeting Brett Ratner in 1987.

Since allegations - dozens, spread over decades - emerged against Weinstein, other powerful men such as actor Kevin Spacey, have also been confronted by accusers.

Several women claimed that Ratner's friends, including Simmons and director James Toback, who's been accused of sexual misconduct by hundreds of women, enabled inappropriate behavior within the group, the Times reports. Let me be crystal clear and very direct. The statement went on to say, "at some point I observed Keri and Russell going upstairs to Russell's bedroom on that Saturday afternoon". Simmons said he didn't remember the phone call.

Another woman, Melanie Kohler, claims she was raped by Ratner - he's suing her for defamation.

Khalighi said she told at least three people of her encounter with Ratner and Simmons, all of whom corroborated her story to the Times. Two are anonymous, while the third is from Simmons' former assistant Anthony "Mac" McNair.

Variety reported earlier last week that Ratner and Simmons had been investigated in 2001 by the Beverly Hills Police Department for alleged sexual battery in a case not related to Khalighi's. Prosecutors didn't file charges because of lack of evidence. She said that Simmons then called her, they spoke for 27 minutes, and throughout the conversation, he never denied her claims. He then allegedly texted her repeatedly asking if they could speak again, including a message that reportedly read, "I'm really in a very scary space if u have time".