Amanda Seales Says Russell Simmons Asked Her If They Ever ‘F**ked’, During A Business Meeting
The not-so-nice headlines surrounding Russell Simmons continue. Activist and Insecure actress Amanda Seales has taken to social media, saying that she isn’t surprised at the allegations the music mogul faces. Seales claims that awhile ago, she had a meeting with Simmons and he asked her whether or not they had been intimate before. She does not specify when the alleged comments took place or who was present. Posting a clip that she had shared before on social media, she stated that they were in a meeting when he asked her,
Umm, have we ever f*cked?
Seales says that she responded,
And Simmons responded,
Oh right, cuz I would have remembered that right?
See the clip.
Seales captioned the video with a lengthy explanation as to why it takes some women so long to come forward with their accusations. She writes,
PSA: For anyone who says, “Why’d they wait so long?” You wait because as a woman raised in a patriarchal, “Bros before Hoes”, sexist, “but what were you wearing” society you understand power dynamics and that even when there are witnesses to any level of sexual harassment/assault it will always be you who is questioned for incurring the offense. You wait because you know your vision is bigger than their indiscretion and refuse to let it derail you from your goals. You wait because you don’t even want to acknowledge the fuckery for longer than you have to when you know the odds are there will be no consequences, you’ll be dismissed, or worse defiled yet again and would rather get on with the positive things in your life. You wait because, especially when it’s a black man of prestige, you are conditioned to not speak defamatory truths for fear it will undermine their contributions to the community. Lastly, you wait, because you don’t even wanna believe it ya damn self. No matter how seemingly benign or intrusive, no one wants to endure this, particularly in professional settings. Yet, so many of us have so many of these stories and we come to operate like a clandestine anti-#creeplifes coalition of alerting others to, “watch out for so and so”. Let that be no more. It is not okay. It is not the culture. It is not your fault. Expose them. #igstorygems
As previously reported, in November 2017, Simmons was accused by Keri Claussen Khalighi of sexually assaulting her in 1991, when she was 17 and he was about 33. Simmons and Brett Ratner, who was also accused by Khalighi of watching them without intervening when she asked for his help, both deny that the encounter was non-consensual.
As the allegation was covered in the press, Terry Crews accused Simmons of attempting to influence him to take back sexual assault allegations that Crews had recently brought up against film executive Adam Venit, asking that Crews,
Give him a pass … ask that he be reinstated.
Crews posted a screenshot of the alleged e-mail he had received from Simmons on his Twitter account.
On November 30, 2017, screen writer Jenny Lumet claimed that Simmons had assaulted her in 1991. In response, Simmons said he would step down from his positions with his businesses.
On the same day, HBO announced that they are removing Simmons’s name and his likeness from his stand-up comedy specials starting with the December 1 episode.
Simmons has yet to address Seales’ claims.