Terry Crews Says Russell Simmons Asked Him To Give The Man Who Allegedly Assaulted Him 'A Pass,' Provides Receipts

By Dan MacRae, UPROXX


Music mogul Russell Simmons has been accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl following a casting call in 1991 as movie producer Brett Ratner allegedly watched and did nothing to help.

The allegations, published in The Los Angeles Times on Sunday, come a little more than a week after it was reported that both Simmons and Ratner were investigated by the Beverly Hills Police Department for a similar incident in 2001. It also follows at least eight women recently accusing Ratner of sexual assault.

Keri Claussen Khalighi, a fashion model at the time of the alleged 1991 incident, told the Times that she had gone back to Simmon’s New York apartment to watch a music video the men were working on. There, she said, her clothes were yanked off and Simmons made unwanted sexual advances.

“I looked over at Brett and said, ‘Help me,’ and I’ll never forget the look on his face,” she told the Times. “In that moment, the realization fell on me that they were in it together.”


Sunday morning saw Crews share a tweet featuring a screencap of a message he says Simmons sent him regarding Crews’ claim that he had been groped at a party by William Morris Endeavor executive Adam Venit. (Crews has also filed a report with the Los Angeles Police Department.) In the message, the sender (who is identified as Russell Simmons) urges Crews to “give the agent a pass” and “ask that he be reinstated.” Crews sent a pretty clear message in his tweet how he feels about the suggestion.

“Dear @UncleRUSH—— NO ONE GETS A PASS” wrote Crews.

Returning to the subject of Simmons, the Def Jam co-founder has adamantly denied today’s allegations facing him.

“I completely and unequivocally deny the horrendous allegations of non-consensual sex against me with every fiber of my being,” said Simmons in a statement provided to USA Today via his representative.

Crews, who has urged sexual assault victims to come forward after publicly sharing his own story last month, tweeted to Simmons: “NO ONE GETS A PASS.”

Earlier this month it was first reported by Variety that both Simmons and Ratner had also been investigated for sexual battery against a 29-year-old woman in 2001.

The woman told Beverly Hills police that she was held against her will at a home by “two males who both unlawfully touched her.”

Charges were never filed in the case because of insufficient evidence, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office told both Variety and The L.A. Times.

Crews’ comments come just after the Los Angeles Times published a report in which a woman named Keri Claussen Khalighi claimed Simmons and Ratner sexually assaulted her when she was 17 years old.

Khalighi — who was an aspiring model at the time — told the L.A. Times that one night in 1991, the men took her out to dinner and then afterwards back to Simmons’ apartment. She said she thought they were going to watch a music video the two men had made.

Khalighi also alleged that Simmons tried to force her to have intercourse with him, and after she protested, he coerced her to perform oral sex while Ratner “just sat there and watched.”

Afterwards, Khalighi claimed she took a shower and Simmons allegedly briefly penetrated her without her consent.

In a statement to the L.A. Times, Simmons claimed that everything that happened between him and Khalighi “occurred with her full consent and participation.” Ratner’s attorney Martin Singer told the L.A. Times that his client had “no recollection” of Khalighi asking for help or witnessing her “protest” any sexual encounter. Singer did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

Simmons also posted a lengthy statement on Facebook in response to the article saying, “I know Keri Claussen Khalighi and remember the weekend in 1991 that she has referenced. Everything that happened between us 26 years ago was completely consensual and with Keri’s full participation.”

In the Def Jam mogul’s Facebook statement he also referenced additional allegations made in the L.A. Times story. A woman told the L.A. Times in 1994 that while she was working in a hotel where Simmons and Ratner were staying, Simmons allegedly called her at the front desk and said he wanted to perform oral sex on her while Ratner held her down.

“I honestly do not recall my telephone conversation with a hotel front desk clerk from over a quarter-century ago,” Simmons wrote on Facebook.

Earlier this month, Variety also reported that Simmons and Ratner had been investigated for sexual battery in 2001, although charges were never filed due to insufficient evidence.

Ratner, 48, had been accused of multiple cases of sexual misconduct or harassment — including by actresses Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge — in an article also published by the L.A. Times.
In a statement to the outlet, Ratner’s attorney Martin Singer vehemently disputed the specific allegations made against Ratner and said “no woman has ever made a claim against him for sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. Furthermore, no woman has ever requested or received any financial settlement from my client.”

Ellen Page has also spoken out against Ratner, saying that he allegedly outed her as gay when she was 18 during a meet and greet for X-Men: The Last Stand.

Since news of the allegations, Warner Bros. and Ratner have severed ties.


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