Model accuses Russell Simmons and Brett Ratner of sexual misconduct


Khalighi claims that Ratner and Simmons took her back to Simmons' apartment one night after dinner, where Simmons allegedly made unwanted sexual advances toward her and ripped off her clothing.

According to Khalighi, she looked to Ratner for help when the assault began and at that moment "the realization fell on me that they were in it together".

She fought off the attempt at sexual intercourse, but Simmons coerced her into oral sex.

"I looked over at Brett and said "help me" and I'll never forget the look on his face", she told the L.A. Times. "I want my daughters to live in a more equal world and a world where they will not become victims of sexual harassment".

A FORMER model claims she was just 17 when hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons forced her into sex - and all while his pal, embattled moviemaker Brett Ratner, sat by and watched, according to a bombshell report. She said that she then took a shower, and minutes later, Simmons approached from behind and penetrated her without consent. She alleges that Simmons raped her during a weekend in 1991.

Ratner's attorney also denied Khalighi's account of the 1991 incident, saying his client had "no recollection" of being asked to intervene.

She told the Times that about a year ago she saw Simmons in West Hollywood where he "poured his heart out in a really touching, remorseful apology" and offered his telephone number. It was there Simmons forcefully tried to remove her clothes, Kalighi said. Let me be crystal clear and very direct. The statement went on to say, "at some point I observed Keri and Russell going upstairs to Russell's bedroom on that Saturday afternoon".

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Simmons did recall the initial meeting.

The model says she told three friends of the encounter, and the friends corroborated her account to The Times.

"I know Keri Claussen Khalighi and remember the weekend in 1991 that she has referenced", Simmons said in a statement.

The Los Angeles Times published an accusation against Simmons from model Keri Claussen Khalighi.

Variety reported earlier last week that Ratner and Simmons had been investigated in 2001 by the Beverly Hills Police Department for alleged sexual battery in a case not related to Khalighi's. The Los Angeles County district attorney's office did not file criminal charges due to insufficient evidence.

They also spoke on the phone after allegations of Ratner's alleged misconduct surfaced on November 1. 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.

Simmons, who is 60, would have been 33 or 34 at the time.