Russell Simmons Sexual Assault Accuser Speaks
Keri Claussen Khalighi is speaking out publicly for the first time, detailing the sexual assault claims that she has against Russell Simmons. The former supermodel says that Simmons has privately apologized to her for sexually assaulting her. As previously reported, Khalighi claims that the incident happened in 1991, when she was 17-years-old. She says,
Russell and I have actually had a face-to-face confrontation around this. We’ve had phone conversations where we’ve had a conversation about what happened where there was no dispute about what we were talking about. We were both talking about what happened on that night and he actually apologized. What he’s speaking about privately with me is completely different than what’s come out publicly. That’s the piece that’s been really, really upsetting, disappointing and quite honestly just repugnant with the hypocrisy and the lies and the denial.
She says that after Simmons and Ratner, met her, they invited her to Simmons’ apartment on the pretext of seeing a music video they had produced. As the video played, she said, Simmons began sexually assaulting her, ripping off clothes, forcing her to perform oral sex and later intercourse, in Ratner’s presence.
I looked over at Brett and asked for help, because I thought he was a friend.
Simmons has responded, denying her claims, releasing a statement on social media.
Wake up to struggle ?? The yogi learns to smile and breathe in every pose. The long weekend in question 26 years ago had many witnesses, the L.A. Times never used some of the their signed written statements that she spent the night, had lunch with, and went to clubs with multiple witnesses and even stayed in my apartment when I wasn’t there, all after alleged incident. I provided 3 witness statements, maybe they could have been used in the article?