Russell Simmons (I) - News Poster

News

Sinbad Says Russell Simmons Should Expect More Sexual Misconduct Accusers

  • TMZ
[[tmz:video id="0_ygghdiuk"]] Russell Simmons better brace for a storm now that he's been accused of sexual assault ... because the trend, according to Sinbad, is for even more allegations to surface.  The comedian told us in the current environment, none of the claims shock him ... even against the Def Jam honcho. Model Keri Claussen Khalighi claims Simmons assaulted her in 1991, while Brett Ratner watched. While Simmons insists the encounter was consensual, Sinbad says there's reason for serious concern
See full article at TMZ »

Nick Carter Accused of Sexual Assault by Dream's Melissa Schuman

Nick Carter Accused of Sexual Assault by Dream's Melissa Schuman
Nick Carter has been accused of sexual assault. 

In a post on her personal blog earlier this month, Melissca Schuman of the early 2000s girl group Dream claims that Carter raped her when she was 18 years old and he was 22. 

In an emotional and graphic essay, Schuman says she was invited over to Carter's house during a day off from the movie they were co-starring in. She claims that after arriving at his apartment with a friend, they listened to the singer's new music before he allegedly brought her into the bathroom, where she claims they started kissing. 

Schuman, who says she was a virgin at the time, claims Carter started unbuttoning her pants, disregarding her objections before allegedly performing oral sex on her. She claims he then demanded she perform oral sex on him, writing, "My thought was the only way to get out was to get him to finish what he had started." 

Schuman writes
See full article at Entertainment Tonight »

Separate Art from the Artist? THR Critics Debate Hollywood's Harassment Impact

With Jeffrey Tambor leaving Amazon's Transparent, Matthew Weiner's book tour being disrupted by accusations against him, FX cutting ties with Louis C.K., and a chorus of new voices calling out Brett Ratner and Russell Simmons, Hollywood seems to have entered a new era of accountability when it comes to sexual misconduct. To examine the extent to which these allegations have complicated, and perhaps changed, the way they do their job, three THR critics started a conversation over email. Below are excerpts. 

Tim Goodman The three of us are sitting down to have this conversation in the middle of an ongoing period of...
See full article at The Hollywood Reporter - TV News »

Russell Simmons and Brett Ratner Accused of Teaming Up to Carry Out Sexual Misconduct

Russell Simmons and Brett Ratner Accused of Teaming Up to Carry Out Sexual Misconduct
Russell Simmons is the latest Hollywood power player to be accused of sexual assault—allegedly with Brett Ratner. In a Los Angeles Times piece published on Sunday, Ratner, who recently faced other harassment allegations, is accused of working together with Simmons, co-founder of Def Jam Recordings, to carry out sexual Fmisconduct against women. The news comes amid a rise in similar accusations against celebs and non-famous people, inspired by many launched against Harvey Weinstein, who has denied taking part in non-consensual sex. In the article, the L.A. Times reports that model Keri Claussen Khalighi accused Simmons of coercing her into performing oral sex on...
See full article at E! Online »

Terry Crews Criticizes Russel Simmons For Personal Email Over Sexual Assault Case

  • ET Canada
As far as Terry Crews is concerned, nobody gets a pass. Related: Russell Simmons Accused Of Forcing Sex On 17-Year-Old While Brett Ratner Watched The “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star tweeted a personal email he received from Russell Simmons over Crews’ sexual assault case against Wme’s Adam Venit. In the email, Simmons asked Crews, “Did he ever apologize? […]
See full article at ET Canada »

Terry Crews Slams Russell Simmons After Producer Is Accused of Coercing Woman to Perform Oral Sex

  • PEOPLE.com
Terry Crews Slams Russell Simmons After Producer Is Accused of Coercing Woman to Perform Oral Sex
Terry Crews has slammed Russell Simmons after the producer was accused of sexually assaulting a teenage model in 1991 while director Brett Ratner allegedly watched.

On Sunday, Crews, 49, shared a screenshot of an email he allegedly received from Simmons about the Brooklyn Nine-Nine actor’s claims that he was sexually assaulted by agent Adam Venit.

In the message, Simmons allegedly urged Crews to “give the agent a pass ask that he be reinstated.”

“Message Russell Simmons sent to me regarding my sexual assault case against Adam Venit of @Wme,” Crews wrote alongside the image before adding: “Dear @UncleRUSH — No One Gets A Pass.
See full article at PEOPLE.com »

Russell Simmons Accused of Sexual Assault While Brett Ratner Allegedly Watched

Russell Simmons Accused of Sexual Assault While Brett Ratner Allegedly Watched
Hip hop mogul Russell Simmons has been accused of committing sexual assault while director Brett Ratner allegedly watched, according to an article by The Los Angeles Times.

Model Keri Claussen Khalighi claims that in 1991, Simmons and Ratner took her out for dinner in New York, and then they returned to Simmons' apartment to watch a music video the pair were working on. There, she alleges that Simmons made unwanted advances on her, and claims that when she asked Ratner for help, he "just sat there and watched."

“I fought it wildly,” Khalighi tells the newspaper about Simmons' alleged attempt to have intercourse with her.

She claims to the L.A. Times that Simmons eventually coerced her to perform oral sex, and also alleges that he briefly penetrated her without her consent after she went to take a shower.

Simmons vehemently denied the allegations in a statement on his website.

"I am a supporter of the #MeToo campaign and the victims
See full article at Entertainment Tonight »

Russell Simmons Denies Abuse Claims, Tells Terry Crews to Forgive

  • MovieWeb
Russell Simmons Denies Abuse Claims, Tells Terry Crews to Forgive
The Los Angeles Times broke a new story alleging that Brett Ratner and music mogul Russell Simmons teamed up for a sexual assault, and now actor Terry Crews has shared an email from Simmons asking for a "pass", to have Crews drop his own allegations against a former agent. In October, Crews spoke out about allegedly being groped at a party, but did not name the person. This week the actor identified the alleged groper as Adam Venit, the head of the motion picture department at talent agency William Morris Endeavor. Venit, who has represented a bevy of well-known Hollywood actors was subsequently suspended from his role while the talent agency conducts an internal investigation.

Over the weekend, Terry Crews tweeted out an email that he allegedly received from Russell Simmons that asked the actor to drop the case all together. Simmons reportedly had this to say.

"Did he ever apologize,
See full article at MovieWeb »

Brett Ratner Accused of Watching as Russell Simmons Sexually Assaulted a 17-Year-Old: ‘They Were in It Together’

  • Indiewire
Brett Ratner Accused of Watching as Russell Simmons Sexually Assaulted a 17-Year-Old: ‘They Were in It Together’
Brett Ratner faces new allegations of sexual misconduct in a Los Angeles Times report accounting the experiences of several women, one of whom says Def Jam Recordings co-founder Russell Simmons coerced her into performing oral sex on him while Ratner looked on. The alleged incident took place in 1991, when Keri Claussen Khalighi was 17 years old.

She told the Times that Simmons and Ratner took her to dinner before suggesting they go back to Simmons’ apartment to watch a music video they’d been working on; once there, Khalighi alleges, Simmons made sexual advances toward her and tore off her clothes.

Read More:Olivia Munn Wants Brett Ratner Out of the Film Industry, Says Men in Hollywood ‘Aren’t Woke; They’re Scared’

“I looked over at Brett and said ‘help me’ and I’ll never forget the look on his face,” she said. “In that moment, the realization fell on
See full article at Indiewire »

Russell Simmons Accused Of Forcing Sex On 17-Year-Old While Brett Ratner Watched: ‘They Were In It Together’

  • ET Canada
More allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault continue to rock Hollywood, and the latest celeb to be hit by accusations is music mogul Russell Simmons. In a bombshell report in the Los Angeles Times, model Keri Claussen Khalighi claims that back in 1991, when she was just 17, Simmons forced her to have sex with […]
See full article at ET Canada »

Russell Simmons Accused Of Forcing Sex On Model While Brett Ratner Watched

Music/film mogul Russell Simmons is being accused by a former model of forcing her to engage in sex as filmmaker Brett Ratner watched and did nothing, according to a report. Keri Claussen Khalighi said she was 17 years old when the incident happened in 1991 at Simmons’s New York apartment. The story was first reported Sunday by the Los Angeles Times. Khalighi claimed she accompanied Simmons and Ratner to the apartment to ostensibly watch a music video they had…
See full article at Deadline TV »

Russell Simmons Accused Of Forcing Sex On Model While Brett Ratner Watched

  • Deadline
Russell Simmons Accused Of Forcing Sex On Model While Brett Ratner Watched
Music/film mogul Russell Simmons is being accused by a former model of forcing her to engage in sex as filmmaker Brett Ratner watched and did nothing, according to a report. Keri Claussen Khalighi said she was 17 years old when the incident happened in 1991 at Simmons’s New York apartment. The story was first reported Sunday by the Los Angeles Times. Khalighi claimed she accompanied Simmons and Ratner to the apartment to ostensibly watch a music video they had…
See full article at Deadline »

Russell Simmons Says Encounter With 17-Year-Old Model Was ‘Completely Consensual’

  • The Wrap
Russell Simmons Says Encounter With 17-Year-Old Model Was ‘Completely Consensual’
Russell Simmons responded on Sunday to a Los Angeles Times article in which model Keri Claussen Khalighi said the Def Jam producer sexually assaulted her when she was 17 while movie producer Brett Ratner watched. Simmons confirmed that he and Khalighi encountered each other in 1991, but said that everything that happened was “completely consensual.” “We spent time in my apartment over a period of two days and one night, as well as at some public places including Nell’s Nightclub,” Simmons said in a statement. “Much of the time we were in the presence of other acquaintances. I’m deeply saddened.
See full article at The Wrap »

Russell Simmons and Brett Ratner Accused of Sexual Misconduct

Russell Simmons and Brett Ratner Accused of Sexual Misconduct
Russell Simmons and Brett Ratner have been accused of teaming up to allegedly sexually harass and assault women, according to a new report in the Los Angeles Times.

The Times -- which, on Nov. 1, first reported that six women, including Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge, claim that Ratner sexually harassed and assaulted them -- reported on new claims against Ratner and revealed that longtime friend Russell Simmons allegedly engaged in inappropriate behavior with the director and producer.

One woman, Keri Claussen Khalighi, claims that when she was a 17-year-old fashion model she met...
See full article at The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News »

Olivia Munn Wants Brett Ratner Out of the Film Industry, Says Men in Hollywood ‘Aren’t Woke; They’re Scared’

  • Indiewire
Olivia Munn Wants Brett Ratner Out of the Film Industry, Says Men in Hollywood ‘Aren’t Woke; They’re Scared’
Olivia Munn was one of several women to have accused Brett Ratner of sexual harassment in recent weeks, and as a result he’s no longer involved with the “Wonder Woman” sequel or several other Warner Bros. projects. But, the actress says in a new Los Angeles Times interview, that isn’t enough: “I want Warner Bros. to sever all ties and relationships with Brett Ratner,” she told the paper of record.

Read More:Brett Ratner Accused of Sexual Harassment By Six Women, Including Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge, in L.A. Times Report

“If you ask me, now, do I feel good? Do I feel like I have justice? No,” Munn said. “I’m thankful that we’re in this moment where our voices actually matter. But I don’t feel like there’s actually an awakening of consciousness in Hollywood. There’s an understanding that there will be backlash
See full article at Indiewire »

Hollywood Insider Michael Apted on Combating Sexual Harassment, Working With Actors, Cinematographers

Hollywood Insider Michael Apted on Combating Sexual Harassment, Working With Actors, Cinematographers
Variety speaks to British director Michael Apted, who has served as president of the Directors Guild of America, and as a governor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He talks about his approach to working with cinematographers, how he gets the best out of actors, and how Hollywood should respond to the sexual harassment crisis. Apted heads the jury at Camerimage, a film festival dedicated to the art of cinematography. The event wraps on Saturday.

Apted has received numerous accolades for his films. The “Up” documentary series, which has followed the same group of people since they were 7 years old, has won two BAFTAs.

His Hollywood movies have included “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” which won an Oscar for Sissy Spacek, and was nominated in six other categories including best picture, “Gorillas in the Mist,” which was nominated for five Oscars, and “Nell,” which earned Jodie Foster an Oscar nomination. His other pictures
See full article at Variety - Film News »

New Line Got Brett Ratner Harassment Complaint in 2005 (Exclusive)

New Line Got Brett Ratner Harassment Complaint in 2005 (Exclusive)
New Line Cinema, a division of Time Warner, received a sexual harassment complaint about Brett Ratner more than a decade ago, according to two former employees.

Terri Goddard, a former assistant at New Line, said that Ratner was notorious around the office for ogling the assistants, invading their space, and making them uncomfortable. His behavior was sufficiently persistent and unwelcome that she and several other employees complained to the human resources department.

“It’s humiliating to be objectified when you’re trying to do your work,” she said. “People were just appalled.”

Goddard said that Ratner’s behavior stopped after she and the other assistants complained to New Line’s Hr department, and that it appeared the company had talked to him about the allegations. A second employee, who also complained to Hr, said that Ratner called her a few days later to confront her about why she had reported him.

Ratner’s attorney,
See full article at Variety - Film News »

Police Probed Brett Ratner and Russell Simmons for Alleged Sexual Battery in 2001 (Exclusive)

Police Probed Brett Ratner and Russell Simmons for Alleged Sexual Battery in 2001 (Exclusive)
Updated With Simmons Statement: The Beverly Hills Police Department investigated producers Brett Ratner and Russell Simmons for alleged sexual battery in 2001, according to the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office and the producers’ criminal defense attorney.

Prosecutors declined to press charges in the case, citing insufficient evidence.

The alleged victim has not been identified. According to police records, the 29-year-old woman came into the department to file a report at 4:45 a.m. on the morning of Nov. 3, 2001. She alleged that two men held her against her will and that both touched her unlawfully, according to police.

She contended that the incident occurred between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. that morning at a home in the 1200 block of Benedict Canyon Drive. Ratner’s home, known as Hilhaven Lodge, is on the same block. At the time of the incident, Ratner was coming off the biggest hit of his career with “Rush Hour 2.”

Simmons has responded
See full article at Variety - Film News »

Spotlight: Gabrielle's Angel Foundation's Celebrity Supporters

Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research was created in 1996, when Grammy-nominated songwriter and philanthropist Denise Rich lost her daughter Gabrielle, a vibrant 27-year-old actress and Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivor, to acute myelogenous leukaemia. Gabrielle’s mother and sisters, Daniella Rich Kilstock and Ilona Rich Schachter, believed the best way to honour Gabrielle’s memory was to create a Foundation that would fund the best and brightest scientific researchers with the hope that less toxic treatments, and ultimately a cure, might be discovered.

Celebrity supporters

Gabrielle's Angel Foundation has 50 known supporters, including Russell Simmons, Alicia Keys, and U2

Areas of work Cancer Read more about Gabrielle's Angel Foundation's work and celebrity supporters. Related articles Bar Refaeli Joins Angels At Charity BallCharityBuzz.com's Top 15 Celebrity Charity Auctions Of 2010Natalie Cole And Smokey Robinson To Perform For Gabrielle's AngelUsher Joins Pharrell Williams Onstage At Angel BallThe Top 25 Celebrity Charity Auctions Of 2013

Are
See full article at Look to the Stars »

George Clooney and Randy Gerber Throw Casamigos Halloween Party

  • TMZ
George Clooney and Rande Gerber may have pocketed a billion bucks when they sold Casamigos, but they're still involved in the traditions of the company -- namely, the always epic Casamigos Halloween party. They threw a '70s-themed bash at Tower Records in WeHo, and tons of stars showed, including Kim Kardashian, David Spade, Courtney Love, Chuck Liddell, John HammRussell Simmons, Seth McFarlane, Adam Levine, DeAndre Jordan, Steve Tisch, and on and on. Oh,
See full article at TMZ »
loading
An error has occured. Please try again.

See also

Credited With | External Sites