Russell Simmons Makes Another Statement After Rape Accuser Appears On “Megyn Kelly Today”
Russell Simmons has issued another statement about rape allegations, after his accuser appeared on “Megyn Kelly Today.”
He has apologized for the “embarrassment” and shame caused by his sexual encounter with Keri Claussen Khaligi.
The ex-model has accused the Def Jam Recordings co-founder of sexual assault; she told the Los Angeles Times she became a victim of a horrific weekend of abuse in 1991 (when she was just 17). Brett Ratner was supposedly there too.
He insisted that whatever took place between them at that time was consensual, but Keri said refuted this on the show, stating his assertions were “ludicrous,” before noting that she later “had a face-to-face confrontation” with him about the incident…during which “he actually apologized.”
Hours later, he released a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, in which he acknowledged speaking to the alleged victim years after the event took place, but he insists they have two different versions of the incident.
“In our meeting many years later, and subsequent conversations, Keri never accused me of what she has said publicly,” he wrote. “She insisted I was not violent. She did tell me her boyfriend and many others found out about our long weekend together and she said she was ashamed by that discovery. I am sorry for the embarrassment she recounted to me.”
“I have made choices that have offended some of the women in my life. It’s not cool to be a playboy and a new consciousness understands this,” he added.
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