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

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In a new report from The Los Angeles Times, Keri Claussen Khalighi said that she met Simmons and Ratner at a casting call in New York City at age 17 when she was working as a model. When they arrived, Simmons aggressively removed her clothes.

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

Music mogul Russell Simmons is defending himself following allegations he forced a former model to have sex with him. The model said she fought the earlier advances, was quoted as saying, "I guess I just acquiesced" of the oral sex.

At that point she said she felt "disgusting" and went to take a shower. She alleges Simmons again tried to penetrate her while she was taking a shower shortly after the initial incident. Khalighi said that after the November 1 story came out about Ratner, she reached out to Simmons and encouraged him to come forward about his own misconduct. "'It hurt so much'". Much of the time we were in the presence of other acquaintances.

Since that report broke, several other women have contacted the newspaper about alleged harassment.

Simmons, in his statement on Sunday morning, said he knows Khaligi and remembers spending time with her one weekend in 1991, but denies that he assaulted her.

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Simmons referenced his own involvement in social activism as well as his support for the #MeToo campaign. Additionally, Simmons issued the following statement to The Hollywood Reporter: "I completely and unequivocally deny the horrendous allegations of non-consensual sex against me with every fiber of my being".

"Let me be crystal clear and very direct", he adds. Simmons reportedly attempted to dissuade her from going public with her story and asked her to speak on the phone.

Khalighi, now 43, told the Times that now is simply the time for the truth to come out. Simmons apologized a year ago while Ratner apologized 15 years ago. Khalighi said that's not the case. "That's also why it was so vindicating, because it was there, acknowledged". She said that Simmons once asked her to bring him a toothbrush, and when she said someone else would bring him one, he persisted.

Khalighi said she told at least three people of her encounter with Ratner and Simmons, all of whom corroborated her story to the Times.

This is not the first time Simmons and Ratner would be accused of sexual assault/rape. Ratner said he had "no recollection" of Khalighi asking him for help and has denied seeing her "protest", his attorney Martin Singer said.

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