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Russell Simmons' Accuser Tells Megyn Kelly 'He Actually Apologized'

Russell Simmons' Accuser Tells Megyn Kelly 'He Actually Apologized'

"I nearly don't even want to speak against that because it's ludicrous", she added, mentioning, what she told the Times, that she's spoken with Simmons about the encounter both in person and over the phone, where, she told Kelly, there was "no dispute of what we were talking about".

Khalighi also reiterated that Ratner ignored her when sought help during Simmons' aggressive sexual advances, which included tearing off her clothes. Later, she said Simmons assaulted her again while she was taking a shower.

In a report Sunday in the Los Angeles Times, Khalighi says that Simmons coerced her to perform a sex act and later penetrated her without her consent. She's now nine months pregnant with her third child and says that her children were her inspiration for coming forward with her harrowing tale.

She called it a "very confusing and terrifying moment". "More than anything, I want my daughters to live in a more equal world and a world where they will not become victims of sexual harassment", said Def Jam's co-founder Simmons in a statement, as reported by The Guardian.

"I didn't run out".

The now nine months pregnant former model went on to say that it's not a cut and dry, black and white storyline ... fight, flight or freeze: "I certainly froze and did what I could to try and normalize and process this". It took me years to process this experience.

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Simmons, now 60, denied the allegations in a statement.

Simmons has not commented publicly on Khalighi's appearance on "Megyn Kelly Today", and a request for comment from his attorneys was not immediately returned. "I'm deeply saddened and truly shocked to learn of Keri's assertions as to what happened over the course of that weekend".

"He actually apologized", she said, adding that "what's so confusing and re-traumatizing" is that the private talk was "completely different than what's come out publicly".

Ratner's attorney Martin Singer said of the incident with Khalighi that Ratner has "no recollection" of her asking him for help and didn't see her "protest".

Khalighi said that she saw Simmons at the Soho House in West Hollywood a year ago, where he approached her and delivered a "really touching, remorseful apology" for his behavior. At least 14 women have come forward, with actress Olivia Munn telling the Times in a November 1 report that Ratner masturbated in front of her on the set of one of his movies in 2004.

Ratner is now facing new allegations from several actresses, and he has repeatedly denied all claims that have been made against him.


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