Model Claims Russell Simmons Sexually Assaulted Her At 17

Kelly Massey
November 20, 2017

She alleged the assault happened in 1991 and claimed that director Brett Ratner, who has had his own string of sexual misconduct allegations, watched and did nothing to stop it. Khalighi was 17 at the time and Simmons 34.

Quickly, Simmons began making aggressive sexual advances, yanking off her clothes, Khalighi said.

Khalighi said, "I looked over at Brett and said "help me" and I'll never forget the look on his face", she remembers. More than anything, I want my daughters to live in a more equal world and a world where they will not become victims of sexual harassment.

Khalighi said that Simmons, who was then about twice her age, tried to force her to have intercourse. She said "I guess I just acquiesced". Simmons joined her in the shower and briefly penetrated her before she managed to fend him off. "It hurt so much", Khalighi stated.

Simmons did recall the initial meeting.

However, Simmons' attorney Brad D. Rose said that the apology was in the "context for the embarrassment and upheaval the weekend caused her" related to her "infidelity".

Simmons vehemently disputed the account in a statement released in response to the article.

He added: "Let me be crystal clear and very direct".

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Ratner stands accused of varying degrees of predatory behavior by several actresses, including Natasha Henstridge, Jaime Ray Newman, Ellen Page, Katharine Towne, and Olivia Munn.

Ratner's lawyer told the LA Times that his client has "no recollection" of Khalighi asking for help against Simmons' moves.

She also alleges that Ratner watched as it happened, according to the Times. Simmons' attorney provided two anonymous statements claiming that Khalighi didn't show signs of distress that weekend.

The model says she told three friends of the encounter, and the friends corroborated her account to The Times. The charges include an allegation of attempted rape against a 17 year-old, as first published by the Los Angeles Times on Sunday morning. He called her and they spoke for 27 minutes, phone records reviewed by the Times reveal.

Police said the unidentified woman claimed the two men held her against her will and that both touched her unlawfully.

Khalighi also said she discussed the 1991 run-in with Ratner when she saw him one night in L.A. 15 years ago. "He said he was young and stupid and blinded by Russell's sway over him". Ratner has filed a lawsuit against one of the women. I have been a public figure for all of my adult life. She claims she asked Ratner for help, but he did not respond.

Russell Simmons too, in a statement, said sexual acts carried out between him and Khalighi were consensual.

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