It's important to remember that Khalighi was 17-years-old at the time of the alleged incident, therefore she legally could not consent to a sexual encounter with a man that old as Russell Simmons would have been approximately 46-years-old in 1991. Russell Simmons is now facing sexually assault allegations along with his buddy movie and music video director Brett Ratner.
Khalighi claimed she accompanied Simmons and Ratner to the apartment to ostensibly watch a music video they had co-produced. Ratner "just sat there any watched", according to the accusation.
Quickly, Simmons began making aggressive sexual advances, yanking off her clothes, Khalighi said.
Keri Claussen Khalighi told LA Times she was just 17 when Simmons assaulted her while his friend, filmmaker Brett Ratner, watched. "I completely and unequivocally deny the horrendous allegations of non-consensual sex against me with every fiber of my being".
The Times report continues, "Feeling 'disgusting, ' Khalighi said she went to take a shower".
Separately, Variety has dredged up a 2001 police report involving Simmons and Ratner. Simmons entered the room behind her and briefly penetrated her without her consent.
Terry Crews on Sunday posted a screenshot of an email he said was from entrepreneur/producer Russell Simmons, urging the actor to give the target of his sexual-assault allegations a pass. He went on to detail public outings together with other people present. "In that moment, the realisation fell on me that they were in it together".
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Keri Claussen Khalighi told the LA Times the incident happened in 1991, after she met Ratner and Simmons at a casting call in NY.
Khalighi said she was feeling "disgusting" and she chose to have a shower.
The Hollywood Reporter says Venit has been placed on a leave-of-absence by WME following the claims. Let me be crystal clear and very direct. The women accusing him say that Ratner had a habit of surrounding himself with powerful men like Simmons and filmmaker James Toback, Roman Polanski and Robert Evans who have all been accused of preying on women.
"I'm deeply saddened and truly shocked to learn of Keri's assertions as to what happened over the course that weekend", he continued.
Khalighi claims Simmons tried to force her to have sex but she "fought it wildly" before she eventually "acquiesced" and performed oral sex.
Six women, including actress Olivia Munn, have accused Ratner of sexual misconduct in the aftermath of the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse scandal that has blown the lid off predatory behavior in Hollywood, according to The Times. Two are anonymous, while the third is from Simmons' former assistant Anthony "Mac" McNair.