The first accusation came from model, Keri Claussen Khalighi in a Nov. 19 article in the Los Angeles Times. In it Khalighi accuses Russell and director Brett Ratner of luring her to his apartment where she was forced to perform oral sex on Simmons, while Ratner watched. Later, she alleges, she was penetrated by Simmons in he shower. Another woman, Tanya Reid, also accused Simmons of pressuring her to perform oral sex on Ratner.
“I have never committed any acts of aggression or violence in my life. I would never knowingly cause fear or harm to anyone.”
Russel’s denials prompted writer, Jenny Lumet (granddaughter of Lena horne and daughter of Sidney Lumet) to write her own detailed account of an incident with Russel which occurred in 1991.
You can read the entire account here, but here is excerpt:
It was dark but not pitch-dark. You closed the door.
At that point, I simply did what I was told.
There was penetration. At one point you were only semi-erect and appeared frustrated. Angry? I remember being afraid that you would deem that my fault and become violent. I did not know if you were angry, but I was afraid that you were.
I desperately wanted to keep the situation from escalating. I wanted you to feel that I was not going to be difficult. I wanted to stay as contained as I could.
You told me to turn over on my stomach. You said something about a part of my body. You did not ejaculate inside me.
When it was over, I got my clothes and quickly went down in the elevator by myself. You didn’t try to stop me. I went home in a taxi. I was grateful to be secure in my home. I never told anyone this story until October 27 of this year (after the Harvey Weinstein story was in the news but weeks before the first public claims were made against you), when I told a girlfriend from childhood.
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