Awful New Details Provided By The Teen Model Accusing Russell Simmons Of Raping Her While Brett Ratner Watched

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Russell Simmons accused of raping model while Brett Ratner watched
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She says they were in it together.

Model Keri Claussen Khalighi is accusing music mogul Russell Simmons of raping her in 1991 while film producer Brett Ratner watched and did nothing.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Khalighi met Simmons, 60, and Ratner at a casting call, and later took the 17-year-old fashion model to dinner. After the meal, they all went to Simmons’ place in New York to check out a music video in progress.

Khalighi, now 43, said that Simmons started to get aggressively sexual and took off her clothes.

She tried to get help from Ratner, but he was not about to stop the alleged assault. “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.”

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Although she “fought it wildly,” Simmons kept trying to force her to have sex with him. He eventually got the young model to give him oral sex instead. Ratner “just sat there and watched,” Khalighi told the LA Times.

She said she felt gross after the incident and decided to go take a shower, but Simmons kept pursuing her. While in the shower, Khalighi claims Simmons penetrated her from behind quickly and against her will. She said it was painful and once she pulled away, Simmons left. He denied the accusation made by Khalighi, saying he wasn't a part of non-consensual sex.

“Everything that occurred between Keri and me occurred with her full consent and participation,” Simmons said in a statement. He also told the Times, “Let me be crystal clear and very direct. Abusing women in any way shape or form violates the very core of my being.”

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According to Ratner’s attorney, Martin Singer, Ratner had “no recollection” of the model asking for help and denied seeing her “protest” the incident.

Simmons, who is big in Hollywood, has allegedly urged Terry Crews via email to drop his allegations against Adam Vinet. The released email makes it a bit more suspicious about the case against Simmons, as it seems like he’s standing up for a fellow Hollywood name who is accused of sexual assault as well. Crews called Simmons out on Twitter, saying “NO ONE GETS A PASS.”

This isn't the first time Simmons and Ratner have been accused of misconduct together. Details of two other accounts of women accusing the pair of being sexually aggressive and inappropriate were published in the Los Angeles Times. 

Lt. Elisabeth Albanese from the Beverly Hills police told the LA Times that “two males” held a woman against her will and “both unlawfully touched her” at Ratner’s mansion. There was insufficient evidence of the incident that occurred at Ratner’s Hilhaven Lodge for the police to file criminal charges against the men.

Another time in South Beach in 1994, Tanya Reid claims both Simmons and Ratner harassed her.

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While Reid was working at a Miami hotel’s front desk, the men called the front desk repeatedly just to speak to her. One time, Simmons’ phone call turned sexual. “I remember this very, very clearly, the exact words he said on the phone,” Reid told LA Times. “He wanted me to come upstairs so Brett could hold me down and he could [perform oral sex].”

Later, Ratner asked if she wanted to be in one of his music videos so Reid gave him her phone number. Just days after, he showed up at her place and exposed himself to her and asked her to perform oral sex.

Reid said she was just 18, still a virgin, and “asked if they could just kiss,” according to the LA Times. But Ratner allegedly forced her head down to his crotch and she eventually gave in. Within weeks, Reid moved back to her hometown of Caledonia and quit modeling.

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