RUSSELL SIMMONS AND BRETT RATNER FACE NEW ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT

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Keri Claussen Khalighi claims that both Russell Simmons and Brett Ratner both sexually assaulted her back in 1991 when she was a 17 year old fashion model. Ratner was an up-and-coming music video director and a protege of Def Jam mogul Simmons. They took Khalighi to dinner one night in 1991 at Mr. Chow in New York and then back to Simmons’ apartment to show her a music video they’d been working on.

 

 

Knight said that Simmons began making aggressive sexual advances and yanking off her clothes. “I looked over at Brett and said ‘help me’ and I'll never forget the look on his face,” she recalled. “In that moment, the realization fell on me that they were in it together.” Khalighi said that Simmons, who was twice her age back then, tried to force her to have intercourse. “I fought it wildly,” she said. He eventually relented and coerced her to perform oral sex, she alleged. “I guess I just acquiesced." Ratner, meanwhile, “just sat there and watched,” she said.

 

In a statement, Simmons, 60, strongly disputed her account. “Everything that occurred between Keri and me occurred with her full consent and participation,” he said. Much of the two days and one night he spent with her, he said, was with other people, or in public. Ratner had “no recollection” of Khalighi asking him for help and denied witnessing her “protest,” his attorney Martin Singer said. 

 

In a statement, Simmons, 60, strongly disputed her account. “Everything that occurred between Keri and me occurred with her full consent and participation,” he said. Much of the two days and one night he spent with her, he said, was with other people, or in public. Ratner had “no recollection” of Khalighi asking him for help and denied witnessing her “protest,” his attorney Martin Singer said.