Angela Simmons Reacts To Oprah’s Doc Covering Sexual Assault Allegations Against Uncle Russell Simmons: No One Wants To See Their Family Getting Hurt
The Simmons family will always stick together. Reality TV star Angela Simmons is breaking her silence on sexual assault allegations against her uncle, Russell Simmons. Since 2017, Russell Simmons has been accused of sexual assault and rape by several former female employees. As a result, his company All Def Digital has since folded.
Media mogul Oprah Winfrey has reportedly signed on to executive produce a documentary with one of Russell Simmons’s accusers as the subject. The doc is set to air at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and will cover her side of the story. Russell’s niece, Angela Simmons, is choosing to stay out of it, telling Bossip:
“I’m not ever gonna get in between what’s going on with people. I’m going to stand by my family. I’m not going to get in between all of that, it’s not my place. No one wants to see their family getting hurt. He has daughters.”
“My uncle knows what he’s done…but I don’t necessarily want to shine a light on that.”
In fact, Russell Simmons doesn’t shy away from the fact that he dibbled and dabbled with more than several women during his days as a music exec. But he’s denied all of the sexual assault accusations against him. He wrote this open letter to Oprah Winfrey last week, amid reports of her documentary:
“Dearest OPRAH,you have been a shining light to my family and my community. Contributing so much to my life that I couldn’t list a fraction of it in this blog…This is why it’s so troubling that you choose me to single out in your recent documentry. I have already admitted to being a playboy more (appropriately titled today “womanizer”) sleeping with and putting myself in more compromising situations than almost any man I know…Please note that ur producers said that this upcoming doc was to focus ONLY on 3 hand chosen women. I have refused to get in the mud with any accusers, but let’s acknowledge what i have shared. I have taken and passed nine 3-hour lie detector tests (taken for my daughters), that these stories have been passed on by CNN, NBC, BUZZFEED, NY POST, NY MAG, AND OTHERS. Now that you have reviewed the facts and you SHOULD have learned what I know; that these stories are UNUSABLE and that “hurt people hurt people”. Today I received a call from an old girlfriend from the early 1980s which means that they are using my words/evidence against me and their COMMITMENT / (all of the claims are 25 to 40 years old) It is impossible to prove what happened 40 years ago, but in my case proof exists of what didn’t happen, mostly signed letters from their own parents, siblings, roommates, band members, interns, and in the case of 2 of your 3 accusers, their own words in their books. Shocking how many people have misused this important powerful revolution for relevance and money. Maybe you should name your documentary “FLAVOR OF LOVE”!? In closing, I am guilty of exploiting, supporting, and making the soundtrack for a grossly unequal society, but i have never been violent or forced myself on anyone. Still I am here to help support a necessary shift in power and consciousness. Let us get to work on uplifting humanity and put this moment and old narrative behind”
50 Cent also chimed in and called out Oprah Winfrey for allegedly targeting Black men.
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Written by Miata Shanay