Music mogul Russell Simmons is responding to new assault accusations detailed by the Los Angeles Times, against him and filmmaker Brett Ratner.
"I completely and unequivocally deny the horrendous allegations of non-consensual sex against me with every fiber of my being," Simmons said in a statement shared with USA TODAY from representative Eric Rose.
Just as these accusations are being reported, Terry Crews shared an email appearing to be from Simmons, suggesting that Crews forgive the man who allegedly groped him.
"Give the agent a pass," read the email tweeted out by Crews.
In the Times, Keri Claussen Khalighi, an aspiring model who was 17 when she met the music mogul, says Simmons asked for forgiveness decades after he allegedly assaulted her and coerced her to perform oral sex while Ratner was present. Ratner was a rising music video producer at the time, according to the report.
A year ago, Khalighi, now 43, said she saw Simmons at the Soho House in West Hollywood. As she told the Times, he “poured his heart out in a really touching, remorseful apology” for his behavior, and said she could call him to talk further.
“He knew what he had done; I knew what he had done,” she said. “That's also why it was so vindicating, because it was there, acknowledged.”
Simmons' statement, which he also posted on social media Sunday, says, "I know Keri Claussen Khalighi and remember the weekend in 1991 that she has referenced. Everything that happened between us 26 years ago was completely consensual and with Keri's full participation."
Statement of Russell Simmons in Response to LA Times Article. pic.twitter.com/iwT7Wy3SoY— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) November 19, 2017
He added: "Let me be crystal clear and very direct. Abusing women in any shape or form violates the very core of my being."
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