The Los Angeles Times has published damning accusations against the disgraced producer Brett Ratner and Def Jam Recordings mogul Russell Simmons, who allegedly colluded to sexually harass and assault women.
The two reportedly had a father-son relationship, with Ratner currying Simmons’ favor by “furnishing him with models after they met in 1987,” reports the Times, paraphrasing a sentiment expressed in Simmons’ 2007 book Do You!: 12 Laws to Access the Power in You to Achieve Happiness and Success.
Model Keri Claussen Khalighi told the Times that both men took her to dinner in 1991, and then brought her back to Simmons’ apartment. Simmons, she said, began to aggressively pull off her clothes. “I looked over at Brett and said ‘help me’ and I’ll never forget the look on his face,” she claimed. “In that moment, the realization fell on me that they were in it together.”
Khalighi alleged that Simmons forced her to perform oral sex, and later “briefly penetrated her without her consent.”
The piece contains additional allegations against the duo, with former model Tanya Reid claiming that Simmons asked her to his hotel room so Ratner could hold her down while he had sex with her. She also said that during a separate encounter, Ratner forced her to perform sexual acts on him.
The Times reports on a number of additional claims against Ratner exclusively, who has previously been accused of sexual misconduct against 10 women. Actress Sarah Shahi, for instance, said the producer repeatedly — and publicly — humped her on the set of Rush Hour 3. Several of the accusers also said that Ratner surrounded himself with an unsettling crew of Hollywood players — among them Roman Polanksi, who has pleaded guilty to child rape and is currently a fugitive living abroad, and James Toback, who has been accused of sexual misconduct against more than 300 women.
Both Ratner and Simmons have disputed the claims made against them. “Let me be crystal clear and very direct,” Simmons said in a statement. “Abusing women in any way shape or form violates the very core of my being.”
Read the full report at The Los Angeles Times.